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How to Prepare for a Sudden Financial Need

Man fixing car: How to Prepare for Sudden Financial Need

A 2016 study from the Gallop Poll reports that nearly half of the U.S. population couldn’t afford a major purchase (including home repairs) if they needed to. The struggle is real, my friends. Of the 44,500+ people who responded to the survey, 51% said they weren’t prepared to pay for a large purchase, like an appliance, should it break down…

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Best and Worst Charities to Donate To

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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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5 Identity Theft Tips for College Students

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Identity theft can happen to anyone, but college students are especially vulnerable. Student identity theft is happening on campuses across the country. Whether it be a credit card or student loan application, students are willingly giving out personal financial information in order to meet their needs. Often they’re doing so without knowing what the consequences are. We’re here to help parents and students keep their identity safe and financial accounts protected…

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Holiday Safety Tips For You & Your Home

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The holidays can be particularly stressful with last minute shopping, hosting family from out of town and traveling. So there’s nothing you need more than peace of mind at home while celebrating peace on earth. Whether you’re entertaining friends or out and about attending holiday parties, households are more vulnerable to break-ins in the winter months. That’s why it’s important to set yourself up for success by following these holiday season safety tips to keep your home protected…

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Basic Cyber Security Tips and Tricks For Cyber Security Month

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With so many recent cyber security breaches (especially from reputable companies like Target and Equifax), it has become increasingly necessary to become secure online. With so many access points (via smart home devices, fitness trackers, etc.), it’s easier than ever to fall prey to a potential hack. Breaches can happen to the best of us, not just your vulnerable average Joe. Hackers have sophisticated ways of stealing your identity and could be accessing your accounts as we speak. Unlike a house break-in where there is often evidence of a crime, it is a lot easier for digital theft to go unnoticed. Are you leaving the front door wide open for these new-age criminals? Read on to learn some basic cyber security tips that could save you, before it’s too late…

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VPN 101: How to Set up a VPN Step by Step

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Are you looking for better methods to secure your online privacy? Have you read about virtual private networks (VPN) — one of the best ways to ensure your confidentiality online? Understanding VPNs, how they work and how to set them up is confusing, for sure. Here, we’ll give you a rundown of how to setup a VPN step by step, whether you’re using your PC, mobile device or your home server…

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The Ultimate Cord Cutting Guide and Best Cable Alternatives

So you’re ready to cut the cord from Comcast and AT&T Uverse and unbundle unnecessary services. Well, you’re in luck because there are plenty of “cord cutting” options now. We’ve got the ultimate guide that will help you remove the cable handcuffs and break free from the contracts. The best part? You don’t have to give up your latest shows, phone number, or speedy WiFi to save money. So, are you ready to learn how to how to get rid of cable and put hundreds of dollars back in your pocket? Get those scissors out!…

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10 Tips to Maximize Home Security While on Vacation

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I spend a lot of time with folks, helping them find the perfect home and property that suits their needs, so I can say without a doubt that you value your home and the memories and possessions you keep there. When it’s time to step away from the everyday comforts and into an adventure of vacationing, you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’ve done all you could to protect your home while you are away. Today, I’d like to share a few tips on preparing house for extended vacation to help ensure the safety and security of your home when you go away on vacation. Employ these tips so you can enjoy your time on vacation…

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Tax Write Off for Donations to Goodwill?

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In our house, we donate all of our unused clothes, shoes and household items to Goodwill. The items are still in good shape, we just don’t find ourselves in need of them anymore, which is why it’s nice to give them a second life. Donating to Goodwill is also a good tax deduction, so those who donate also get a “reward” for their goodwill. In this article we’ll discuss the tax benefits of giving, not to mention how important donating is whether you benefit from it or not…

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