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home : life : personal finance September 24, 2017

Be safe while getting social to avoid social media scams
(BPT) - For many people, social media has become a part of our daily lives. We follow friends on Facebook, share our opinions on Twitter and highlight our latest creative projects on Instagram or Pinterest. According to Statista, 78 percent of all Americans have a social media profile, and that ado... More >>


House hunting and credit: What you need to know
(BPT) - By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn’t move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth.For many, owning a home is cheaper than ... More >>


An Empty Nest Is the Time to Grow Your Nest Egg [Infographic]
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How to save on healthcare costs in 2018
(BPT) - (BPT) - Your cable bill, entertainment expenses, grocery extras — these often top the list when people sit down to discuss where they can save money.One expense you should consider in 2018 is your healthcare costs. Since autumn marks the beginning of the annual open enrollment period ... More >>


Open Enrollment Is Here: Get the Scoop on FSAs and HSAs
(BPT) - Learn more about Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) with Visa.Save... More >>


Tips for choosing the Medicare plan that's right for you
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5 unexpected ways life insurance protects your loved ones
(BPT) - More than half of Americans who own life insurance say they purchased it primarily to cover final expenses if something happens to them, according to the 2016 Life Insurance Barometer study. Yet one in four also say they don’t think they have enough life insurance — and the mist... More >>


How to lower your monthly mortgage payment
(BPT) - Owning your own home comes with many advantages, including escaping rising rents and the personal and financial stability associated with homeownership. Fortunately, millions of Americans, with less than 20 percent down, have been able to buy a home sooner thanks to mortgage insurance (MI).... More >>


Keeping up with the digital natives [Video]
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3 steps to help freelancers and gig economy workers avoid a tax blunder
(BPT) - More and more people are earning extra cash by freelancing in the sharing economy. That may mean writing on the side, playing music on the weekends, driving for ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft or selling handmade jewelry on Etsy. No matter how the money flows in, gig economy earners... More >>


You can make retirement happen [Infographic]
(BPT) - Many of us intend to plan and save for retirement, but feel too overwhelmed to act. A new survey from AARP and the Ad Council found that many people are financially savvy in other areas of their life — from coupon clipping to vacation planning — and could apply these same smarts... More >>


Traveling soon? Tips to stay sharp and avoid fraud
(BPT) - If your suitcase is full, don’t worry — protecting yourself from fraud doesn’t mean more packing.But it does mean you should prepare for the challenge of keeping your personal info safe. According to an Experian(R) survey, 20 percent of respondents had sensitive informatio... More >>


Debunking home ownership myths for millennials
(BPT) - We’ve all been told, that owning a home is part of the American dream. It’s the biggest and most rewarding investment many people will make in their lives. Instead of paying rent every month and having nothing to show for it, paying a monthly mortgage builds equity and wealth.Wh... More >>


Crunching dollars and planning weddings: How to financially plan for the big day
(BPT) - Attending most weddings, with the exception of your creepy uncle’s third marriage, is great. You eat free food, get to dance to music and leave without having to take part in the cleanup or the costs.It gets a little different when you’re the one footing the bill. Then you&rsquo... More >>


5 mistakes millennials make when it comes to credit
(BPT) - If you’re a millennial, you’ve probably heard enough of grumpy Baby Boomers and Gen Xers grumbling about how lazy the kids are these days or how the younger generation doesn’t have a work ethic or has a sense of entitlement.Yes it’s true the older generations, who gr... More >>


Tips to achieve the retirement you want [Infographic]
(BPT) - With only 31 percent of middle-income boomers feeling well prepared for retirement, it's safe to say many will face a set of unprecedented financial obstacles in their later years. To achieve the retirement you want, consider the following tips. Save... More >>


5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget
(BPT) - School’s out, summer’s here and the family is ready for some fun-in-the-sun memory making! It’s the perfect time to bond, catch up and enjoy the slower pace of the season. However, with fun on the brain, it’s easy to find yourself dipping into pockets a bit more for ... More >>


Credit union or bank: What's right for you?
(BPT) - The banking and credit union worlds are as much the same as they are different. Both are eager to earn your business and to provide you with loans, mortgages, savings and checking accounts. With that said, there are some significant differences between the two financial institutions. In tod... More >>


Shop for health care with these websites and apps
(BPT) - As our nation seeks solutions to help improve the health care system, there is at least one goal we can all agree on: the importance of making health care quality and cost information more accessible.This is an important effort that has the potential to help improve health outcomes and make... More >>


How to make sure your financial advisor is working in your best interest
(BPT) - Let’s face it: finances can be complicated. Whether opening a new investment account, saving for your child’s college fund or rolling over a 401(k), sometimes you need professional financial help.But who to turn to? A financial advisor can be a great resource for professional gu... More >>


How savvy Wi-Fi use saves data and dollars
(BPT) - Access to cellular data has become the lifeblood of communications in the 21st century. We stay connected to keep up with news, weather and sports, listen to music, check email, watch movies and videos or grab new apps that let us do even more. With today’s technology, a few clicks on... More >>


3 reasons to go cashless
(BPT) - The dollar, the euro, the pound, the yen… the currency people use around the world has many different names, but it all shares something in common. Paper forms of currency are out and digital payments are in. The security and convenience of card based electronic payments and digital ... More >>


How the state you live in affects your college savings strategy
(BPT) - The cost of a four-year college degree now hovers around the $100,000 mark, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. While high college costs seem universal these days, college savings strategies are far from a one-size-fits-all. Many factors influence how you&rs... More >>


Seeking a small business loan? What you should know
(BPT) - Small businesses still struggle to obtain credit; nearly half of those who applied for credit in 2016 didn’t get all the funding they sought, and 17 percent of those who didn’t apply for financing skipped it because they didn’t think they could get what they needed, accord... More >>


Finding success in direct sales
(BPT) - What’s better than being your own boss, setting your own hours, determining your own salary and having an office wherever you happen to be? It’s a Utopian idea that is reality for tens of thousands of people working independently in direct sales worldwide. But getting there isn&... More >>


Tips to prepare your budget before buying a home
(BPT) - It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month.Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions?Next, look at you... More >>


Break from basic at home and away [Infographic]
(BPT) - A new survey uncovers the majority of Americans describe time off from work as “basic” or “chill” (53 percent) — far more so than “eventful” (15 percent) or “adventurous” (13 percent) — but are willing to break from basic.The surve... More >>


3 tips to save money every wedding guest should know
(BPT) - Wedding season fills summer weekends with nuptials, and while we enjoy celebrating the bride and groom, all the “something borrowed and something blue” adds up to some serious green. In fact, a new survey from Bankrate.com (April 2017) found that nearly half of those surveyed &m... More >>


How to use your home equity in retirement
(BPT) - Most of us save and plan for decades to enjoy the period of our life when we no longer need to go into the office and work an eight-hour day for a paycheck.But even with those decades of hard work, it can be tough to save up enough cash to cover all your costs in retirement. Many soon-to-be... More >>


4 strategies to grow your finances in retirement
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5 Investment Strategies That Can Outlast Market Spikes
(BPT) - You’re familiar with the saying “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”?Just like any other scheme to “get rich quick,” attempting to buy low and sell high based on intermittent fluctuations in the stock market—also known as “market timing... More >>


7 tips for balancing retirement savings and paying for college
(BPT) - Most people want to help their children pay for a quality college education, but it can be difficult to balance personal financial goals and funding your kids' educational aspirations. When retirement savings is sacrificed for college costs, it can be a disservice to the entire family.To he... More >>


Tips to help save money on prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even saving lives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who’s had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent... More >>


5 steps that can improve your credit score in 100 days or less
(BPT) - Low interest rates, a strong economy and the turn of the seasons are all causing the real estate market to heat up. More homes on the market bring more competition to buy the inventory that is out there. And one way to stand apart from other buyers who are vying for their dream home is to t... More >>


3 tips when buying a used car
(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, the car-buying process can be both an exciting and daunting experience. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking for a different model, a car is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. It’s not only important to make sure... More >>




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