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How not to overspend this holiday season

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The holidays are fast approaching, and so is the season for spending.  Many people find this a stressful time, because they know they will end up spending more than they can afford.  Here are some ways to reign in your spending this season. Set a budget Before you begin making lists, planning and shopping, decide…

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To pay down debt, first you have to save

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When you want to pay off debt fast, that impulse often means depleting your savings. So how do you pay off debt AND save money? Mathematically, based on the interest rates of your loans versus your savings account (or other savings products), your debt is likely costing you more money every month than your savings…

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Balance your finances

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In today’s day and age, balancing a checkbook has become a thing of the past. It is something we remember our parents doing.  With modern technology, many people do not bother to balance their checkbooks anymore. In fact, most of us have done away with actual, physical checkbooks entirely by paying our bills online using…

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The payday lending trap

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You’re in a financial bind and need some quick cash. You’ve seen payday loan stores all over town and think “Maybe I should try that…” Don’t fall into that trap! Getting a loan with a payday lender could send you down a deep hole that may take years to get out of. Here’s how payday…

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Understanding your debt-to-income ratio

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Have you ever applied for a loan and been told that your debt-to-income ratio was too high? You may have wondered what that meant. Your debt-to-income ratio is the portion of your income that goes to debt payment, and it is a key component of creditworthiness. Lenders consider debt-to-income ratio along with credit score when…

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