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  • 1. Your "Get Out of Debt" Step-by-Step Roadmap Views: 692
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    Terms of Use: Your Get out of Debt Step-by-Step Roadmap You've heard the old saying, live within your means. Easier said than done for some. The important thing is that you've reached a point where you realize your life would be a lot less stressful if you didn't have bills to worry about. Short of winning the lottery, what can you do? Here's help. Four rules to live by: 1. Be realistic! If you are spending $500 a month now on food, don't expect to cut your grocery bill t  More...
  • 2. The Money Express article series introduction Views: 312
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    Putting You in Control of Your Financial Life Click on me to replay. AC_VHost_Embed_1190(119,133,'FFFFFF',1,1,39726,0,0,0,'b1db03cc14e1ba20b0255c167fb51899',6); Managing money is a critical life skill that many of us have never really mastered. Good money management skills help you get ahead financially and help prevent others from taking advantage of you. That's where The Money Express comes in. It's Connection's way to provide useful financial information in understandable terms  More...
  • 3. Top 10 things to do to protect sensitive data on your computer Views: 112
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    Terms of Use: Your computer probably contains a significant amount of sensitive information about you that if used by the wrong person could cost you a lot of time and money. Follow the 10 steps below to protect yourself: Update your system's operating system and Web Browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) frequently . Keeping this system software updated with all the latest patches will dramatically reduce the potential that your computer can be accessed by an unauthorized user, also called hac  More...
  • 4. Tons of Ways to Save Money Views: 105
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    Terms of Use Transportation Airline Fares Car Rental New Cars Used Cars Auto Leasing Gasoline Car Repairs Insurance Auto Insurance Homeowner/Renter Insurance Life Insurance Banking/Credit Checking Savings and Investment Products Credit Cards Auto Loans First Mortgage Loans Mortgage Refinancing Home Equity Loans Housing Home Purchase Renting a Place to Live Home Improvement Major Appliances Utilities Electricity Home Heating Telephone Service Other Food Purchased at Markets Prescription Drugs F  More...
  • 5. How can I teach my kids what interest is all about? Views: 92
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    Terms of Use This article is from a series of articles about giving your children the life-skills necessary to effectively manage their money. To go to the table of contents, click here . Understanding Interest Understanding interest is another important part of your family's financial education. Both the interest you earn on savings and investments and the interest you pay on your outstanding debt are good lessons for all children. When your child has learned to multiply, it's time fo  More...
  • 6. Do you have any suggestions for paying my child an allowance? Views: 87
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    Terms of Use Paying your child an allowance provides them with many positive learning experiences. From understanding how money is earned, how much things cost, determining wants versus needs, the importance of saving, to understanding how to budget, your child can greatly benefit from the experience. Below we have provided some general considerations for paying an allowance: When to Start: You should start paying your child an allowance when they are old enough to help out around the ho  More...
  • 7. 7 Success Principles for raising money-smart kids. Views: 86
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    Terms of Use Every day, consumers are learning new ways to get more value for their money. From different ways to pay-such as credit, debit or smart cards-to home banking and shopping over the Internet, people are realizing that they have more control over their money and more ways to use it. Parents and caregivers are uniquely positioned to teach kids the life skills, values and understanding they need to become smart consumers. The goal of this series of articles is to help parents and careg  More...
  • 8. How much are estate taxes? Views: 82
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    Terms of Use Estate and Gift Tax Limits The federal estate tax exemption is $5.49 million in 2017 . If you leave an estate behind that is less than that amount, the estate won't owe any federal estate tax. All property left to a surviving spouse passes free of estate tax. All property left to a tax-exempt charity is also free of estate tax. The estate tax rate for estates valued over $5.49 million is 40% . A husband and wife each get their own exemption. So a couple will be able to give a  More...
  • 9. What is a Credit Score and how is it different than a Credit Report? Views: 82
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    Terms of Use Credit Score A credit score (ranging from 300 to 850) is a measure of your credit worthiness or how likely you are to pay back your debts and do so on time. You want to have a high score. Your credit score is used by lenders, credit card companies, employers, landlords, insurance companies and others in evaluating whether to extend credit to you. The higher your credit score, the lower the assumed risk to lend you money. While no specific definition of “good” is un  More...
  • 10. Can a living trust help me save money on estate taxes? Views: 81
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    Terms of Use A simple probate-avoidance living trust has no effect on taxes. However, more complicated living trusts can be used to significantly reduce the federal estate tax bill for people who have large estates. One example of a tax-saving living trust is designed primarily for married couples with children. This type of trust is commonly called an AB trust, credit shelter trust, exemption trust, marital life estate trust, and marital bypass trust. With an AB trust, each spouse leaves p  More...
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