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Buying A New Car? Keep Your Car Loan Short And Sweet

New cars are getting more expensive. Hard to believe, but the average sales price on a new car today is more than $37,000. That is tempting some consumers to stretch out car loans to make their monthly payments more affordable. But car experts advise against long-term car loans. “Although stretching the length of a car […]

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To Board That Plane, You’ll Need To Get “Real” With The “Real ID”

I was talking to someone the other day about the new Florida “Real ID,” and they said they had never heard of it. Oops. That could be a problem next year. You won’t be able to board a domestic flight without this newfangled ID. Never heard of it? You’re in good company. The New York […]

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More Credit Score Myths Busted: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Do you care about your credit score? You should. Of course, you already know it can dictate what credit cards you’re offered and what interest rates you pay. But it also affects how much you pony up for auto insurance, whether you get the mortgage for your dream home, and even whether you ace the […]

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Using This Windows Operating System? Your Computer Could Soon Be Attacked

Almost half of all desktop computers in the U.S. are reportedly using the Windows 7 operating system. Windows 7 was introduced in 2009, replacing the unpopular Windows Vista system, and won fans due to its ease of use and reliability. Fast forward 10 years, to 2019. Windows 7 is still a huge hit with consumers […]

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Is It Time For A Smartphone Detox?

Columnist Julian Hayes wrote about spending 60 days without his smartphone, and chronicled what he learned about life, mental well-being and the powers of observation when he wasn’t tethered to an electronic device. Most of us aren’t going to replicate his experiment any time soon, but here’s some serious smartphone food for thought. According to […]

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Capital One Data Breach: What To Do Now

Details of yet another data breach were in the news this morning. We’re sure many of you have questions about how this may affect you, and what steps you should take now to protect your personal information. For that reason, we’re sharing below information provided early this morning by free-credit-score website WalletHub. The information below was […]

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Free Personal Finance Guide for Military Families

Shout out to Kimberly Lankford, contributing editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and a military spouse. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kim for many years. She’s a first-rate journalist and a dedicated supporter of the military community. Kim is one of the guiding hands behind the newly-released fourth edition of the “Financial Field Manual: […]

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It’s The End Of An Era For This Influential Personal Finance Magazine

After almost five decades in print, there are huge changes in store for Money magazine. Money magazine, a mainstay of personal finance, is shutting down its print publication and going to digital only. It’s following in the footsteps of other leading publications like Time, Fortune, Seventeen and Sports Illustrated, that have terminated their print versions […]

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How To Beat Sky High Auto Insurance Costs

Paying a fortune for car insurance in Florida? We feel your pain. Car insurance can be a big budget buster in Florida (I should know. I used to have two very expensive teenage drivers on my policy!). Insurance experts say that’s because we have more accidents, more litigation, and more fraud than most other states. […]

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Do Ride-Sharing Services Save You Money?

Ride-sharing companies have been in the news lately. Lyft become a public company in March and Uber announced plans to do so shortly. Have you ever wondered what those services would cost if you didn’t own a car and relied on them exclusively? AAA ran the numbers for you. The average urban driver logs about […]

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