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Why Your Teen Should Open a Checking Account

My parents had me open my first checking account when I was around 13 or 14. I didn’t realize how valuable this simple step of

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Budgeting Software Showdown: Alternatives to Mint.com

Since its founding in 2006, Mint.com has grown from a small financial startup into a formidable personal finance tool with more than 15 million users.


The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

“Rule No. 1 is never lose money. Rule No. 2 is never forget Rule No. 1.” — Warren Buffett Buffett’s quote seems to state the

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How My Cheese Addiction Taught Me to Automate My Savings

I wouldn’t consider myself an overly indulgent person. I generally eat two well­-balanced meals a day. I don’t drink very often and I walk a

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Student Guide to Checking Accounts

If you’re in college, the idea of maintaining a checking account could be brand new to you. After all, this may be the first time

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Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

If you have a love-hate relationship with your monthly bills, you’re not alone. While most of us enjoy a modern lifestyle and all the perks that

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Tips for Opening a Bank Account for Your Kids

Are you trying to teach your child the value of a dollar — and the importance of saving up for special items — by stashing away


Personal Finance 101: What Is a Money Market Account?

Perhaps you’ve run across the term “money market account” at your bank. Sounds kind of imposing, but in reality, a money market account, or MMA,


Personal Finance 101: How Do Money Orders Work, Anyway?

A money order is simply a little piece of paper that allows the person named on the order to receive a specified amount of cash.


Personal Finance 101: What Is a Certificate of Deposit?

If you’re looking for a place to stash your money for a longer period of time than a regular checking or savings account, you may


Best Personal Checking Account Promotions in 2015

If you need a new checking account, banks from coast to coast are offering attractive promotional bonuses to lure your business. A bank checking account

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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Cashier’s Check?

“Cashier’s check” is one of those financial terms that you may have heard thrown around, but what does it really mean? How is a cashier’s

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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Cash Advance?

So you need some cash, and you need it quick. What about taking a cash advance from your credit card? Well, unless you really don’t

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How to Avoid Excess Bank Fees

By Peter Miller The world of consumer banking used to be based on the pillars of free checking and equally free toasters, but those days


How to Earn Free Money with a Bank Bonus

As Forbes contributor Jeffrey Dorfman wrote earlier this year, there are plenty of reasons for experts to believe the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low

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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Debit Card?

A debit card looks like a credit card — and functions like one at the cash register — but acts as a direct link to


What Do I Need to Open a Bank Account?

If you’re wondering how to open a bank account, take heart: It’s a fairly painless process if you know what you need, what kind of

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Where to Find a Second-Chance Checking Account

Second-chance checking accounts are exactly what they sound like: another chance for you to use a checking account responsibly, even if a bank closed one

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