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Banks in Schools Are a Great Way to Teach Financial Literacy

With so many folks struggling just to break even in this economy, it seems that everybody could use about all the help they can get. People of all ages and economic situations are having trouble saving enough to afford a comfortable retirement and are being roped into mortgages they are straining to afford. With all […]

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SallieMae High-Yield Savings Account Opened

Early last week, when I wrote about Sallie Mae’s latest interest rate adjustment for its high-yield savings account, I mentioned that I was thinking of getting one for myself because the new yield, 1.30% APY, is higher than what I get from my accounts with Ally Bank (1.20% APY) and EverBank (1.26% APY). Actually, I […]

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Rewarding Yourself with Rewards Programs

Rewards programs and loyalty incentives are not the exclusive domain of credit card companies. Many retail establishments are realizing the benefit of offering their repeat customers loyalty-based rewards that are not tied to a credit card and are giving free merchandise, meals and discounts in exchange for them. But how do you know if your […]

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Make Your Money Work as Hard as You Do

No matter what your age and how much money you do or do not have, it only makes good sense (and cents!) to make sure your money is working as hard – or preferably harder – than you do. Fortunately, making sure this happens is a lot easier than you may think. Here’s just a […]

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Sallie Mae High Yield Savings Account Now 1.25% APY

For the third time in a month, a bank has decided it’s time to give savers a little more return for their hard-earned money. On the heel of recent announcements from Capital One and SmartyPig that increased the interest rate of their respective savings account, Capital One 1.30% APY and SmartyPig 2.15% APY, Sallie Mae, […]

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In Defense of The IRS

For better or worse, the Internal Revenue Service has always maintained a reputation as a black cloud that hangs over us – a Big Brother watching our every financial move.  Ask most people what they fear most about filing their taxes and they’ll likely tell you that an audit from the IRS is number one […]

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Create Your Own Insurance Policy

Saving money couldn’t be simpler: start to prolong the life of what you already have. From your car to your furniture to your clothing, the longer you’re able to squeeze life out of them, the longer you’re able to keep more cash where it belongs – with you! For generations it’s been said that an […]

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How Would You Treat Your Neighbor?

You know, it’s really unfair that only certain people get to make billions on the inability of some consumers to make their house payments each month. It’s also unfair that insurance company executives make money by sometimes disregarding the health of their policyholders. Of course, I’m so distracted by figuring out whether or not Sandra […]

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