Financial Security

Failing to plan is planning to fail. You don’t want this to happen when it comes to money that you work so hard to earn. Having a financial plan in place and a nest egg to fall back on is critical when it comes to your personal wealth and well-being.

This is why our experts have written about everything from personal finance software to mortgage lenders to retirement planning. Don’t leave cash on the table, and protect your future with these must-do’s.

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What Are The Best And Worst Charities To Donate To? (2022)

Looking to make a charity tax deduction? How do you know which are the best and worst charities to donate to? It’s not so much which are the best causes (as that could be highly debatable and subjective), but rather what’s the best use of your hard-earned money and return on your dollar? Is your money going to have a large impact and make a difference in the cause or will it go to waste on expensive overhead or unnecessary spending? We’ll share with you a little more about charitable donations tax deductions and our top picks for best charities to give to (as well as those not to give to).

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Free Estate Planning Checklist: Basics, Costs, Online Options, & More

Estate planning sounds like something only rich people should do, but that’s not the case at all. You don’t have to own a ton of assets to consider estate planning, and there are many other elements to a comprehensive estate plan other than just making sure your assets pass on to your beneficiaries. Our experts have compiled a beginner’s guide to help you determine everything you should be considering for you and your family’s future.

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First American Home Warranty Reviews: Customer Service, Coverage, Plans, & More

First American Home Warranty (FAHW) offers budget-friendly plans that kick in 30 days after you sign the contract. They’ve been in business since 1984 and boast more than 500,000 customers. We were less than impressed with their bare bones website, which offers limited information pertaining to their benefits and other important details. But they do have some good online articles about home warranties in general. How did they fare in our review?

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American Home Shield Reviews: Customer Service, Complaints, Promo Code, & More

American Home Shield (AHS) is well known in the home warranty space. They have a network of over 15,000 contractors across 49 states (sorry Alaska). They offer customizable plans and three service call options. But how good is their service? Are their technicians experienced and will they actually resolve your issue? Find out in our review.

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Home Service Club Reviews: Customer Service, Prices, Complaints, & More

Does a home warranty seem like a scam to you? Many people associate a home warranty with paying a monthly premium and then when an appliance breaks, the technician comes and “fixes” it. Then, a week later it’s broken again. Not all home warranties are like this. The Home Service Club (HSC) was previously in our top three for Best Home Warranty and had one of the best reputations in the warranty business. But what happened that made us remove the company from our top three? Learn more about this company’s pros and cons in The Home Service Club Reviews.

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Cinch Home Warranty Reviews: Customer Service, Claims, Prices, & More

Is a home warranty just a waste of money? Some feel this way. But for others, it is a real budget-saver. Home warranties are meant to help you when an appliance or system (such as HVAC) breaks and you need it fixed. They are also useful when it’s beyond repair and you require a new one. But be careful! It’s extremely important that you read every part of your contract* so you know what is and isn’t covered. So let’s dig in and see how Cinch (formerly Total Protect) stacks up versus the other home warranty companies you may be considering.

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The 7 Best Retirement Planning Books For 2022

Having a successful career is a dream for many. Everyone wants to retrospect with a grin over their accomplishments throughout their careers. But one thing that should not escape your mind when you are still working is that retirement is inevitable. You’re going to be best off if you take the time to plan for your retirement from an early stage in your career. But how do you know what is required to prepare for your retirement? These books will provide insights into much of what you need to know to be able to retire in comfort and with peace of mind.

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10 Best Investing Books For Beginners

Did you know that only three in 10 Americanshave worked out a long-term financial strategy that includes investment and savings goals? The same poll finds that people who make at least $75,000 annually are most likely to budget. When you consider that a 65-year-old can live–on average–another 19 to 21.5 years, you can grasp the importance of taking personal finance seriously. No one wants to run out of money. But poor planning can do that to you. Do you want to learn more about investing so that you can build a solid financial future? If so, check out our picks for the 10 best investing books below.

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Best Classic Car Insurance: Grundy vs Hagerty vs American Modern & More

Sure, classic car insurance won’t cover your DeLorean to travel “Back to the Future,” but there are many reasons why you need to financially protect your prized possession. Antique auto shows, parades, classic car club meetings, pleasure riding, etc. If you’re a collectible car owner, you need vehicle insurance coverage for any type of event.

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CIT Bank Reviews 2022: Mortgage, High Yield Savings, Money Market, Customer Reviews & More

Looking for a way to maximize your money without having to invest it in the stock market? Savings accounts are traditional a way to keep cash stashed away. However, most brick-and-mortar banks’ interest rates are so low (around .01%), that it’s not doing much for you. Thanks to online banks, you can earn up to 1-2% annual percentage yields (APY) while having access to liquid assets should you need it.

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