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Savings or money market: which is right for you?

When it comes to savings accounts, there are so many options that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Two popular choices are money market accounts and savings accounts. They’re both secure places to park your cash and earn interest, but they each come with their own set of features, benefits, and limitations. Which one is right …

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Bad credit: how much does it really cost you?

Bad credit can be a dark cloud hanging over your financial life. It affects everything from your ability to get a loan to the interest rates you’re offered. The real-world costs of that are major. Whether you want to buy a home, get a credit card, or secure a mortgage, a low credit score can …

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10 surprising ways you can save money every day

Saving money doesn’t have to mean making drastic changes to your lifestyle or living like a hermit. Often, small, everyday measures can add up to major savings over time. Here are ten surprising ways to save money every day—without sacrificing the little things that make you happy. 1. Change up your coffee game The daily …

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Buying a car: How to get the best price

Buying a car is one of the biggest investments most of us ever make, and getting the best price should always be a top priority. A lot of people don’t realize you can negotiate the price of a car. Well, you can, and should—and with a little research, preparation, and savvy negotiation, you can drive …

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The Big Three credit bureaus: what’s the difference?

You’ve probably heard of ‘The Big Three’ credit bureaus, but how are they similar, and how are they different from one another? What they all have in common is your credit—each one calculates your score, which affects your ability to get a mortgage, car loan, or credit card. Where they’re different from one another is …

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Heading West: how to plan an affordable trip

The Western United States has a wealth of exciting places to visit, and it’s ideal for planning an affordable trip. Mountains? Check. Ocean? Check. Evergreen forests? Check. And in addition to all the natural beauty, it has some wonderful museums, theme parks, and the fascinating epicenter of the entertainment world that includes Hollywood, Beverly Hills, …

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Cell phone plans for kids: best options compared

Getting a cell phone for your child can be a complicated task. You want them to be able to reach you (and vice versa), but you also want to make sure they’re safe, not getting too much screen time, and not blowing through your data plan in a week. There are lots of cell phone …

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How to budget for a dog

Bringing a dog into your family can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. They’ll think you’re the most awesome human on the planet—that’s pretty much their job. But feeding and taking care of a dog can be expensive. So if you’re thinking about adopting a new best friend, creating a dog …

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5 ways to make your home safer

When you and your family and friends are in your home, you should always feel (and be) safe. Whether you’re worried about accidents, intruders, or natural disasters, taking steps to make your home safer can give you peace of mind. It can also help prevent anyone from getting hurt if something unexpected happens. From simple …

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Lyft and Uber: which one should you drive for?

Driving for a rideshare service can be a fun way to earn extra cash: you’ll meet interesting people and get to know your city in detail (and maybe nearby ones as well!). But you’ve got both Lyft and Uber to choose from—how do you decide which one you should drive for? Here’s a look at …

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Top 6 trade jobs for 2024

Do you really need a 4-year degree to get a job that pays well? Not at all. Trade jobs are some of the most stable and lucrative career paths available. With recent technological advancements and infrastructure developments (like solar and wind energy), certain trades are in higher demand than ever. Many of them offer competitive …

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How to sell your car yourself, safely

Selling your car on your own can be a great way to get the best possible price for it. You’ll get more money than if you trade in or sell to a dealer. But selling a car yourself also requires some careful planning to make sure you stay safe and avoid fraudsters. Here are the …

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