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12 Low-Cost Strategies for Saving on Medical Costs and Improving Your Family’s Health

The average American incurs $10,345 in medical expenses each year, according to government estimates. No matter how wealthy you are, this is an extremely heavy financial burden

11.14.16
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The Obamacare Penalty: What Is the Fine for Not Buying Health Insurance?

If you you’re planning to save money by skipping health insurance coverage, don’t forget that you may face a federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty

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31 Days to Financial Independence (Day 13): Trimming Your Spending – Health Care

“31 Days to Financial Independence” is an ongoing series that appears every Thursday on The Simple Dollar. You might want to start this series from

10.14.16
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How Much Does a Filling Cost?

While almost all Americans now have some form of health insurance because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (popularly known as “Obamacare”), dental insurance

10.08.16
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Does Health Insurance Cover Therapy and Other Mental Health Treatments?

Nearly one in 25 adults experiences a serious mental illness that interferes with major life activities each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

09.27.16
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Best Pet Insurance for 2016

Owning a pet isn’t cheap. The average lifetime cost of raising a dog is about $23,410, according to the American Kennel Club. A cat costs

09.20.16
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Best Term Life Insurance for 2016

An unexpected death can put a financial, as well as an emotional strain on families, particularly when the departed was the breadwinner. A term life

09.15.16
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Planning for the Cost of an MRI, CT Scan, or Other Diagnostic Procedure

Health care isn’t cheap in America, nor is it very transparent, and diagnostic procedures are no exception to this rule. X-rays, CT scans, and echocardiograms

09.13.16
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How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

Your smile is the accessory that you’re stuck with. And if you didn’t heed mom’s warnings and neglected your teeth in your youth — or you’ve been drinking five

09.11.16
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Two Tips for Dealing with Food Allergies on a Budget

By Katy DeDeyne When you’re trying to make better financial decisions, one of the first areas to look at trimming back is food. From cutting down

08.30.16
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Achieving Health and Fitness Without Breaking the Bank

Almost every week, I receive a message from a reader looking for strategies to improve their personal health or fitness without spending substantial amounts of

08.25.16
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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. Even after reading about how the fat might just come back, some

08.25.16

Best Health Insurance Companies in 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare, the individual health-care mandate, health savings accounts, high deductibles — how in the world are you supposed to keep

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How Do Medical Bills Affect Your Credit?

Questions regarding your credit generally do not have a simple cut and dried answer. Instead, credit-related questions more often require the rather ambiguous and sometimes

08.01.16
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Best Cheap Dental Insurance

I feel bad about my teeth. They’re oddly small for my mouth, so I’ve had every orthodontic treatment you can rattle off, including headgear, multiple

07.28.16
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How Much Does Lasik Cost?

In the olden days—meaning, before the very late ‘90s — people without perfect vision had two basic choices for dealing with their sight problems: eyeglasses or

07.27.16
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Bottled Water, Filters, Chlorine, and Why I Drink From the Shower

When the water crisis in Flint, Mich., started to gain national attention, I took notice, as did all concerned citizens. I was horrified at the

07.15.16
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How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

What’s more fun than a root canal? Needing one but having no idea how much it will cost. Not only do you have the stress

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