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Staying on top of your personal finances is easier said than done. Expand your financial education by learning more about budgeting, debt management, personal financial planning, college funding, career changes, inflation, tax deductions, wills, estate planning, divorce finances and much more.
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5 New Year's Financial Resolutions

As the year comes to a close, now is the time to start thinking about your New Year's financial resolutions.
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5 Considerations When Holiday Shopping on a Budget

From doing a potluck holiday party to paring down your list, here are some ways to potentially cut down on spending when shopping for the holidays.
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10 Ways to Save Money on a Tight Budget

Finding room in your budget for savings can be challenging. Here are 10 tips to help you save money even when money is tight.
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Can Supporting Adult Children Hurt Your Retirement?

Supporting adult children is a generous and loving gesture, but you may want to consider how it could affect your retirement.
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Helping to Protect Parents From Elder Financial Abuse & Fraud

Here are some practical tips on helping to protect your aging parents from elder financial abuse and fraud.
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How to Save for a Wedding: Helping Your Child Pay for the Big Day

Even if your child's wedding bells are many years away, it may be a good idea to plan ahead if you want to help pay for the happy day. 
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Exploring the Types of Tax Benefits Available at Each Life Stage

Different types of tax benefits become available to you at major life stages and may help you save money.
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What Happens to Debt After Death?

Understanding what happens to debt after you die may help you put together a better estate plan for your loved ones.
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What Is the Process for Declaring Bankruptcy?

Here is some information on the process for filing for bankruptcy, and its potential impact on your finances.
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How to Get Your Finances in Order & Stay Organized

If you want to better your personal financial education, consider these three steps to becoming more financially organized and savvy.
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Paying Off Debt Before Retirement: What to Consider Getting Off Your Financial Plate

Your retirement years should be a time to relax and enjoy life rather than worry about paying off debt. Here's what to consider before you retire.
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What Is a 529 College Savings Plan?

Imagine your child walking across the stage at his or her college graduation. Learn how a 529 college savings plan could help make this a reality.
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How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Kid ?

Here's a breakdown of the costs you can potentially expect when raising a child.
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Estate Planning 101: The Basics

Are you unsure where to start with your estate plan, or why you need one? Here are some things to consider.
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Estate Planning for Pets

What should pet parents know about estate planning for their pets?
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What to Do When You Receive a Financial Windfall

Considering some of the implications of a sudden influx of cash can help you spend or invest it wisely.
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End of Life Planning: 3 Legal Documents to Consider Having

Planning for the end of your life isn't easy, but having these three legal documents may help simplify some complicated decisions for your loved ones. 
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Simplifying Back-to-School Shopping & Your Summer Budget

Back-to-school shopping already looming? Check out these budget tips for dealing with fall-semester must-haves. 
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What Does a Budget Look Like?

Are you ready to start budgeting? Every budget is unique but here are a few tips to consider as you put together a plan to fit your needs.
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What Is a Will? Why It's Important & Where to Start

A will is a document stating a person's final wishes for their money, their property and people in their care. Legal wills must follow certain rules.
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How to Improve Your Finances

Are you looking to improve your finances this year? Here are some tips that may help.
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Understanding Power of Attorney 

A power of attorney document could be a good way to help protect yourself from uncertainty. Here is some information on this documentation. 
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Children Leaving Home: Helping Your Kids Prepare to Move Out & Be Financially Secure

If you need to have a conversation with your child about moving out, here are some tips to guide you and help you set them up for success.
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6 Financial Tips for Traveling Abroad

If you're traveling abroad for the first time — or you just need a refresher — here are six financial tips to keep in mind.
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Money Management for Teens: Important Lessons to Teach Your Kids

Teaching your teen about money management now, when there's more room to learn from mistakes, could help set them up for financial success. 
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What Is a Rainy Day Fund?

How does a rainy day fund differ from an emergency fund and how you can you start saving for one? Here are the basics.
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What Can You Do With Unused 529 Funds?

Understanding alternative uses for a 529 plan can help you avoid penalties and taxes on any unused or surplus funds.
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Personal Financial Planning: The Importance of Reviewing Your Finances Regularly

Your personal financial planning can greatly benefit from regular reviews. Here's how to get started.
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Understanding the Role of Tax Deductions

What is adjusted gross income? And what does it mean to itemize? We cover basics of income tax deductions.
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How to Conduct an End-of-Year Personal Finance Review

A personal finance review can give you insight into your financial performance over the year — and help prepare you for the start of the next one.
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Digital Life After Death: Loved Ones' Social Media Accounts

Social media management is an emerging aspect of estate planning. Will you "memorialize" your accounts or delete them?
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How to Reduce Student Loan Debt & Graduate in Four Years

Careful budgeting and filling your course load are just two of many ways to help you graduate on time and potentially reduce your student loan debt.
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The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax: What You Should Know

Here's what you should know about the generation-skipping transfer tax in the broader context of estate planning.
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How to Conduct an End-of-Year Business Finance Review

Taking some time to look back at your business's financial performance over the last year can help you plan for future growth.
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Cybersecurity & Identity Theft: 8 Simple Tips to Help Keep Your Information Safe

Taking a little precaution can make a huge difference when it comes to fraud prevention and your finances.
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College Funding Options: Federal vs. Private College Loans

Many college students — and their parents — choose loans to help fund their higher education. But what about choosing between Federal and private?
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How to Help Prevent Tax Identity Theft & What to Do If You're Affected

This article defines tax identity theft, and offers tips on how to help avoid it and how to respond if it happens. 
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College Funding Options: Alternatives to Student Loans

A well-rounded college funding plan can help reduce loan debt for your child after graduation. Here are some available tools to consider.
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Budgeting for a Second Child & Beyond

Consider these tips when you're ready for a new addition to your family — whether it's your second, third or beyond!
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Special Needs Care: Meeting Your Own Needs & Those of Your Loved One

Those raising children with special needs must take care of themselves as well as their kids, as one experienced parent reminds us.
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Talking to Your Child About College Graduate Finances

Post-college life is changing for newer generations, as are some of the financial implications. Here's how to discuss what that means for your family.
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The Impact of Inflation on Your Savings & Investments

Understanding how market forces can influence your assets is the first step toward protecting yourself against potential adverse effects.
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Establishing Good Credit When You're Young

Building good credit can help save you money throughout your lifetime. Here are some ways to get a healthy start in your twenties.
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Financial Planning Checklist: What to Consider After the Loss of a Spouse

There are steps you could take to help keep your finances on track after the loss of a spouse, which could help you cope during this difficult time.
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Financial Planning for College's Smaller Expenses

A new semester's just around the corner! Now that you've budgeted for tuition, room and board, it's time to factor in the smaller expenses.
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Managing Family Finances: Getting Your Spouse & Children on Board

Do you or your partner manage the majority of your family finances? Here's why clear, balanced roles matter, and how to start talking about them.
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The Adoption Tax Credit & Other Benefits for the Adoption Process

Adoption can be costly — but that doesn't have to stop your parenting plans. Here are some tips to maximize the available benefits.
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How to Balance Boomerang Kids & Your Retirement

While the boomerang kids phenomenon isn't completely new, it's still a consideration facing many parents trying to balance their kids with retirement.
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When to Consider a Trade School, Community College or Online Degree Program

Four-year college programs may be the norm, but that doesn't always mean you should write off other worthwhile types of higher education.
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Managing Debt: The Good, the Bad & How It Fits In With Your Goals

As it turns out, not all debt is bad. But how do you know the difference? Here are some tips.
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Managing Student Loan Debt to Keep It From Managing You

Student loan debt can seem like an insurmountable barrier — but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips to help you manage this debt effectively.
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Money-Saving Strategy: The 30-Day Track Everything Challenge

This money-saving strategy could be a useful way to gain a deeper understanding of your spending habits, which may help you get on track financially.
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Leaving an IRA Inheritance: What Do You Need to Know?

Learn how a legacy IRA could help you leave an inheritance and potential tax benefits for future generations.
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5 Common Financial Problems for College Students & How You Could Avoid Them

As a college student, do you know the fundamentals of smart money management? Learn how you could avoid some of the most common financial missteps.
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Living With a Disability & Living Life to the Fullest

Whether you are born with a disability or acquire it later in life, there are many ways to live (and thrive) with a disability.
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What Does an Estate Executor Do?

Has a loved one named you as an estate executor? Explore the fundamentals of this critical role, and learn why estate planning is so important.
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SMART Goal Setting: Can Being SMART Help You Reach Your Financial Goals?

Explore how specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused and time-sensitive (SMART) goals could help you reach your financial goals.
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What Is a Charitable Trust?

Learn how charitable trusts work and find out how they could allow you to provide for your beneficiaries and charitable causes alike.
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Single-Parent Finances: A Financial Checklist for Moms & Dads

As a single parent, chances are you have many concerns running through your mind all day long — but your finances don't have to add to your worries.
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Which Life Stage Are You Preparing for Financially?

Life stage planning is important — discover the different life stages and what financial strategies to consider as you go through each life stage.
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Back to Basics: Budgeting Tips for Your 60s

As someone in your 60s, you may feel like a money expert — but financial needs often change with every life stage. Consider going back to the basics.
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Coping as a Caregiver: 4 Ways to Care for Yourself

As a caregiver, you may sometimes feel like you have nothing left to give at the end of the day. However, it's important to take care of yourself too.
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Special Needs Planning: How to Financially Protect Your Loved One

Learn how you could financially protect your special needs relative — and why now could be a good time to start planning for tomorrow.
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Ready for an Encore? How to Pursue an Encore Career in Retirement

Retirement doesn't have to mean the end of your professional life. An encore career could open the door to new adventures.
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Do You Know How Much Assisted Living Costs?

With assisted living costs on the rise, it's more important than ever to be proactive. Learn more about assisted living costs and payment options.
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Want to Maximize Your Charitable Giving Impact? Consider These Strategies

Charitable giving could be beneficial to your mental — and financial — well-being. Learn more about the strategies available to help.
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What Is a Vial of Life Kit & Do You Need One?

A Vial of Life kit may make all the difference during a medical emergency. Learn how a Vial of Life kit works.
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How Living Benefits Could Help Protect Your Future

You may know life insurance offers a death benefit, but did you realize many policies also offer living benefits? Learn more here.
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How to Handle Your Finances After the Loss of a Loved One

Learn how you could manage your finances after the loss of a spouse. This knowledge could help you move forward with courage.
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Second Marriage Financial Advice: Considerations Before Tying the Knot Again

Are you heading down the aisle a second time? It might be a good idea to consider your finances, including prenuptial agreements and more.
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How an Inheritance Could Lend Your Grandchildren a Helping Hand

Every grandparent wants to give their grandchildren the world. While that may not be possible, you could lend them a helping hand. Learn how.
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Divorce Finances: How to Help Secure Your Financial Future

Money may be a top concern if you are going through a divorce, but there are things you could do to help secure your financial future.
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Making a Career Change? What to Consider Before Returning to School

Going back to college may be necessary for a career change, but there are many things to think about first. Get ready to hit the books!
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How to Tackle Credit Card Debt for Greater Financial Health

Getting out of credit card debt can take some effort, but it's possible. Here are some tips that could help you reach greater financial health.
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Could Staying Healthy Help You Save Money?

You know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know staying healthy has many financial benefits too?
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5 Stress Reduction Strategies for Improved Long-Term Health

For many people, modern life is full of stress. So, how can you keep that stress from impacting your health? Here are five common strategies.
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Navigating an Irregular Income: Money Management for Freelancers

Being a freelancer can have its advantages, but managing an irregular income can be difficult. Learn how you could get your money in order.
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Will You Hire a Real Estate Agent?

You've likely thought about your dream home — but have you given any consideration to your dream real estate agent?
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5 Financial Mistakes New Parents May Make & How to Avoid Them

New parents are often faced with a wide array of concerns, but financial mistakes don't have to add to their list of worries.
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Money-Saving Tips: How to Plan a No-Spend Day, Week or Month

Do you have trouble reining in your spending? Consider a spending freeze, which could help you hit the financial reset button on your spending habits.
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Marriage & Finances: Will You Merge Your Money After Saying 'I Do'?

First comes love. Then comes the "money talk." Learn how to tie your finances together after tying the knot.
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5 Financial Conversations to Have Before Marriage

Here are five of the most important financial conversations to have before tying the knot — from discussing debt to setting a joint budget.
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Budgeting for a Baby: A Financial Planning Checklist for New Parents

Are you expecting the stork to pay you a visit sometime soon? Learn how you could get your finances in order before he drops off your new arrival.
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5 Smart Steps to Buying Your First Home

From getting pre-approved for a mortgage to making an offer and beyond — here are five steps that could help make your homeownership dream a reality.
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How to Keep Fit in Your 50s, 60s & Beyond (to Stay Financially Fit)

Start now to lock in physical fitness before retirement, helping you keep your later years healthier — with the potential for fewer health care costs.
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Money Management for Couples: 6 Tips for Stronger Finances

Here are six ways to help manage money as a couple — and possibly even strengthen your relationship along the way.
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4 Tips for Teaching Financial Literacy to Kids

You know money doesn't grow on trees, but do your kids know that too? Here are four tips to help teach children about the value of a dollar.
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Money 101: A Financial Education for College Students

From Plato to the planetarium, college is a time to expand your mind and explore. It's also an ideal time to begin your financial education.
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Paying Off Student Loan Debt & Buying a House — How It Is Possible

It's possible to buy a house while still paying off student loan debt — provided you plan well financially and prepare for the unexpected.
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How to Make Extra Money With a Side Job

Sometimes, saving alone isn't enough to meet your financial goals. If this is the case for you, have you considered taking on a side job?
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Are You Financially Ready for a Career Change?

Sometimes, life calls for a change of scenery. And like most things in life, money is an integral part of the decision-making process.
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Entering the Workforce? Give Your Finances the First Promotion

Congrats on landing your first full-time job! Now, have you considered your finances? These financial tips could put you on the fast track to success.
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How to Adjust Your Financial Plan After Losing a Job

Losing a job is difficult, but there are many things you could do to keep your finances on track while you plan your next career move.
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5 Adoption Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Journey

Adopting a child could bring so much joy to your world, but there are many things to consider first. These five questions could help you get started.
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Back to Basics: Budgeting Tips for 30-Somethings

Even established adults could benefit from basic budgeting tips. Revisiting your budget could help you stay on the right track.
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Adulting 101: How to (Financially) Transition Into Adulthood

You're finally leaving home and moving into the world of grown-ups — but have you considered your finances? Adulting 101 could help you get started.
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Financial Organization for 2018: Keep Your New Year's Resolution on Track

If you've made a New Year's resolution to get your personal finances in order, here are some tips for keeping that resolution on track.
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How to Save for College: A Crash Course

Are you thinking about how to save for college? Enroll in our crash course to explore your options.
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What Does the Average Funeral Cost?

The average funeral cost might prompt you to think about your final wishes — and plan ahead for the expense.
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5 Questions to Help You Master Your Personal Budget

Budgeting could be the key to meeting your financial goals. Consider these five questions that could help you master your personal budget.
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