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    Seven Rules for Safe, Secure Mobile Banking

    Seven Rules for Safe, Secure Mobile Banking If you have a smartphone, chances are good that you use a mobile app to do some of your banking – and with good reason.  Mobile banking makes it super-easy to stay on top of your finances from anywhere, and at any...
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    Financial Spring Cleaning

    Get Organized with a Financial Spring Cleaning If you’re like me, you probably associate spring with the traditional “spring cleaning.”  As the weather warms up, it just seems to make sense to open the windows, let in the fresh air, and spend a day or two tidying up and...
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    Financial Frenemies  

    There are some things that money simply can’t buy.  You can’t purchase happiness or personal fulfillment.  There’s no way to put a price tag on compassion or caring.  The funds in your bank account can’t guarantee loving relationships or solid, caring friendships. But money can make relationships more complicated...
  • What to do When Your APR Goes Up

    I’ve written a great deal about credit cards over the years, from credit card security to disputing charges to what to look for in a credit card.  I recently realized, though, that I haven’t said much about APRs (Annual Percentage Rates = interest rates) and what you can do...
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    Just Say “No” to These Credit Card Offers

    If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know that I’m a huge proponent of responsible credit card use:  When you avoid overspending and pay your balance in full every month, a credit card is a useful tool that can help you build good credit and/or repair...
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    How To Improve Your Finances in Just 20 Days

    Looking for a way to get your finances in order?  Want to set some goals, revisit your budget, or lower your monthly bills?  Who doesn’t?   Most of us want to save more, spend less, and build financial security – but things like budgeting and shopping for better interest...
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    Credit Card Theft- What to do if it Happens to You

    I’ve posted quite a few articles about preventive credit card security – how to guard against hacking and skimming; how to keep your credit card information safe during the holidays, and how to protect your online identity with solid passwords. But what happens if, despite your best efforts, your...
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    Eight Common Money Tips to Re-Think (or Ignore!)

    When it comes to money, it seems like everyone out there has advice – but not all advice is created equally.  Is it really always better to buy in bulk?  Should you listen to all of the voices telling you to stop renting in favor of building equity?  Are...
  • When Frugal Goes Too Far

    When “Frugal” Goes Too Far I love saving money.   And while this probably isn’t news to anyone who reads this blog regularly, what may be news is that, when it comes to frugality, even I have my limits.  Because while I’m all for mindful spending, bargain hunting, and so...
  • Seven Hacks for Better Money Management

    It’s a brand-new year, and there’s no better time to get on top of your household finances.  But before you start reviewing your spending habits and setting up or adjusting your budget, it’s a good idea to examine some of your money management strategies.  Are you still paying your...