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Questions About Goodwill, Emergency Funds, Library Openings, Cheese, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Roth IRA withdrawal question 2. Buy it for life: Goodwill 3. Year away from down payment 4. Retirement and disability 5. Having “a life”? 6. Making …

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Best Low Interest Credit Cards of 2014

Before searching for the best low interest credit card, you should understand what “low interest” really means. Credit cards typically carry rates several times that of other types of credit, but you can find cards that offer a 0% intro APR for a given time period. One of the newest and best low APR credit …

The Most Affordable College Towns

When you choose a college, you aren’t just picking a school, you’re picking a home for the next four years. The town your school is located in can determine a lot of things, including how much money you will ultimately spend. Searching for an affordable college experience can be difficult, and that is why the …

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The Retirement Guide

With the future of Social Security and pension plans as unstable as ever, saving for retirement carries a whole new meaning today. In 1950, there were 16.5 people paying into Social Security for every beneficiary. In 2010, that ratio became 2.9 to 1. If this trend continues, depending on how young you are, Social Security …

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Reader Tip Tuesday #5

For any parent on a budget, back-to-school shopping can feel more like a back-to-school spending free-for-all. It’s the same every year. Teachers send out those foot-long lists of “required” and “recommended” supplies, and kids are eager not to be the only student who isn’t touting the latest and greatest backpack, lunchbox, pants, or pens on …

How to Maximize Credit Card Rewards

A credit card is a credit card is a credit card — until you take all those snazzy rewards into account. Rewards programs are more popular than ever, and credit card companies use them to differentiate their offerings. If you’ve seen a credit card commercial on television lately, they’re not talking about payoff plans or …

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Medicaid 101: What You Need to Know

For More Information on Health Insurance, Visit Our Health Insurance Guide While Medicaid is often a hot topic in political news, many U.S. citizens are unclear on the ins and outs of this government-funded healthcare option. This federally based program is designed to provide healthcare to low-income Americans who cannot otherwise afford health insurance. Medicaid’s …

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Disability Insurance: Understanding Your Options

Compare Life Insurance by Visiting Our Life Insurance Resource Center.   The possibility of becoming disabled seems so remote to most Americans, that few of us have enough saved to cover three month’s worth of living expenses in the event of a major accident or illness; according to the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA), most …

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Military Service and Life Insurance

Compare Life Insurance by Visiting Our Life Insurance Resource Center. Over 1.3 million American men and women now serve in the U.S. armed forces. There are many well-known benefit programs offered to these military personnel – one of the most important (and possibly overlooked) of these is exclusive access to low cost life insurance policies. …

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Guide to Teen Car Insurance and Driver Safety

For More Free Online Car Insurance Quotes, Visit Our Car Insurance Resource Center. We all know teen drivers pose a higher risk behind the wheel than older drivers with more experience, but most teens and parents aren’t aware of what those risks mean. High auto insurance premiums might be the least of a parent’s worries …

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Long-term Care Insurance: What You Need to Know

Compare Life Insurance by Visiting Our Life Insurance Resource Center. Long-term care insurance (LTCI) is designed to help people who can no longer care for themselves afford long-term care. LTCI can be expensive, but it’s a lot cheaper than long term care itself. For many families now facing down the high costs of a loved …

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Car Insurance for Classic, Luxury, and Exotic Cars

For More Free Online Car Insurance Quotes, Visit Our Car Insurance Resource Center. Whether it’s the first vintage hot-rod or roadster you saw as a young kid, or a sleek sports car fit for the track, every car enthusiast dreams of the handful of cars they’ll keep in their garage. Some dream of luxury cars …

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Insuring Your Alternative Car

For More Free Online Car Insurance Quotes, Visit Our Car Insurance Resource Center. Looming on the horizon is a future of high gas prices and disuse for most cars on the road today. More and more drivers are getting on board with alternatively-powered vehicles, and thus, more manufacturers are offering vehicle models outfitted with alternative …

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Home Insurance: Solar Panels & Other Environmental Add-Ons

For Free Online Home Insurance Quotes, Visit Our Home Insurance Resource Center. Eco-friendly home improvement projects are becoming ever more popular among homeowners eager to reduce their home’s carbon impact and save more on recurring energy or repair costs. According to the National Association of Home Builders, current trends indicate that up to 38 percent …

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The Car Insurance Bump: How Much Tickets Actually Cost You

For More Free Online Car Insurance Quotes, Visit Our Car Insurance Resource Center. When assessing your rates and monthly premiums, an insurer’s goal is to gauge your overall risk of causing an accident. Certain demographic factors like age, income, education and location point to certain driving habits, such as night time driving, commuting in heavy …

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Small Business Health Insurance: An Employer’s Guide

For More Information on Health Insurance, Visit Our Health Insurance Guide New provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set to go into effect in 2014 will have a significant impact on small business owners. The government defines a “small business” as one that employs fewer than 50 individuals. For purposes of this discussion we …

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Health Insurance for Children: A Guide to CHIP

For More Information on Health Insurance, Visit Our Health Insurance Guide. Any responsible parent will agree that health insurance for children is a vital tool for maintaining good health, but many families can’t afford costly premiums. Under the recent expansions provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), children may be eligible for government-funded health insurance. …

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Car Insurance Facts: When Collision Coverage Is Worth It

For More Free Online Car Insurance Quotes, Visit Our Car Insurance Resource Center. When it comes to paying for damage to your own vehicle, the first line of defense against auto accidents is collision coverage. Many drivers are convinced they’ll never wreck their own vehicle, or that they’ll never be involved in an accident, but …

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Cash Value and Life Insurance: How to Pull Money Out of Your Policy

Compare Life Insurance by Visiting Our Life Insurance Resource Center. At some point in our formative years we’ve had a parent or caregiver say to us “just because your friend jumps off a bridge doesn’t mean you should.” Of course they were trying to teach us that just because you can do something doesn’t make …

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