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What would a sudden financial emergency be in your life? It could be a storm causing massive property damage to your home. It could also be something more personal, like an accident that would cut off your ability to make a living.

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This article is intended to provide general information and should not be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a legal, tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to you and about your individual financial situation.

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How many times have you gone to pour milk in your coffee, only to see that the date on the carton was yesterday? Some people will instinctively throw it away, but chances are that’s not what the label is intended to convey. It’s likely a marker for when the food might taste its best, not if …

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Some homeowners can’t wait to see the assessed value of their home drop. In fact, they’ll tell you the bigger the drop, the better. Why? Your property taxes depend on your tax rate and your property’s current market value, which is determined by a local assessor. You can’t dispute the tax ra…

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Most people have at least one bad financial habit. Whether it’s impulse shopping, forgetting to pay bills on time or putting off building that emergency fund, balancing what you want to do and what you “should” do is never easy.

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The picture of retirement that many of us have is a post-work period filled with travel and plenty of relaxation. It’s a time when you can finally take up a new hobby, sink into the pile of books and enjoy more time with family and friends.

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You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst — an audit.

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Looking for an eco-friendly subcompact or the thrills that come with a sports car? Perhaps the practicality of a sedan or a spacious SUV better fits your needs?

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The end of the year is approaching and between visiting friends and family and celebrating the holidays, your taxes may be the last thing on your mind. However, putting off tax preparation until later could be a costly mistake.

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Deciding to make a charitable contribution can arise from a desire to help others, a passionate commitment to a cause or the aim to give back to a group that once helped you or a loved one.

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If you're over age 50 and not sure whether you're going to be able to retire, it's time to focus, get advice and build a realistic plan.

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College graduation season is upon us. How about a gift that will really mean something to a student in your life?

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With the average price of an American wedding over $31,000, the big day can impose financial stress for those who don't have savings in place. It's important to remember that these numbers indicate greater trends—not suggested spending patterns.

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Phased retirement – a catchall term that describes a variety of part-time and reduced-hour work arrangements before leaving an employer for good – is gaining steam. But before you sign on, it's important to understand how “phasing out” may affect your long-term finances.

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Kids are surprisingly resilient in the face of a crisis. But even so, serious family money troubles can potentially affect a young person's home life, education and outlook on money management down the road.

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Most parents put countless miles on the car driving kids back and forth from various practices and games throughout elementary and secondary school.

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If you're not close to retirement age, it's easy to ignore what Social Security is doing. However, some significant announcements late last year make now a very good time to pay attention.

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If you've ever wondered if you can be charitable with only a few extra dollars in your wallet or a little bit of free time, the answer is yes. You just have to get a little creative.

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When is a bonus not a bonus? When you fail to think about what that extra income will mean to your overall finances.

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It will begin soon enough – all those “beat the rush!” ads for holiday shopping, activities and events. Right now, you have a great opportunity to beat the rush to organize your year-end finances and make some smart moves for the New Year.

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After the 2008 economic crisis, many people assumed they would never be able to reach true financial independence - the ability to live comfortably off one's savings and investments with no debt whatsoever.

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Stress can come from everywhere – career, school, family, relationships, health – and especially money. The American Psychological Association (APA) recently reported that money remains the number one stressor for 72 percent of Americans. In fact, money has led the APA's annual stress survey…

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(StatePoint) College is when many young people first get a taste of independence. Unfortunately, this newfound freedom can lead to decisions that may impact life well beyond graduation.

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A successful job search goes well beyond snagging the title and the paycheck. From the day you start looking until the day you're hired, there are strategic and financial issues to consider that may be more valuable to you in the long run.