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The ABCs of EMV

[ 0 ] August 17, 2016 |
The ABCs of EMV

ERIN EL ISSA February 17, 2016 Credit Card Basics, Credit Cards E-M-V isn’t as easy as A-B-C, but it’s a lot less complicated than many people think. We stripped away the confusing tech-speak and nuances that don’t apply to consumers, and came up with some of the essential questions you may have about EMV chip cards. We spoke to EMV […]

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What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back-to-School

[ 0 ] August 8, 2016 |
What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back-to-School

COURTNEY JESPERSENJuly 1, 2016 Holiday Tips & News, Shopping, Shopping Tips & News The first day of school isn’t here yet, but it’s not too early to start budgeting for the upcoming semester — especially considering the amount you’ll probably spend before the first class even starts. A 2015 report by American Express found that parents planned to spend an average […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Back-to-School Shopping

[ 0 ] August 5, 2016 |
The Do’s and Don’ts of Back-to-School Shopping

COURTNEY JESPERSENJuly 15, 2016 Shopping, Shopping Tips & News This school year, students will learn about history, science and grammar. But the first lesson for any back-to-school season is financial. Whether you’re a parent shopping for your child or a student buying for yourself, you don’t want to overspend on your school year prep. To help you […]

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7 Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

[ 0 ] March 18, 2016 |
7 Affordable Easter Basket Ideas

With Easter on March 27th, it’s time to spring into action. Need a little inspiration for your Easter basket? We’ve got you covered. Check out our seven most affordable Easter basket ideas — plus stores and Easter sales where you can find them right now. 1. Candy It may be the oldest Easter basket gift stuffer […]

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Easter Ideas for Those on a Budget

[ 0 ] March 17, 2016 |
Easter Ideas for Those on a Budget

Americans celebrating Easter this year will spend, on average, $140.62 on the holiday – for apparel, decorations, gifts, candy, food, flowers and more – according to the National Retail Federation. That’s up from last year’s average of $137.46. Put it all together, and U.S. consumers will spend an anticipated $16.4 billion on Easter baskets, eggs, […]

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How to Protect Yourself Against Personal Fraud

[ 0 ] December 9, 2015 |
How to Protect Yourself Against Personal Fraud

When it comes to securing personal information, many consumers know that they should shred sensitive documents and avoid mobile banking over public Wi-Fi connections. But sometimes the threat of identity theft doesn’t come from a stranger: “Familiar fraud” or “family fraud” happens when someone you know uses your personal information to open accounts or make […]

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Using Your Tax Refund Wisely

[ 0 ] April 20, 2015 |
Using Your Tax Refund Wisely

How to Make Your Tax Refund Keep on Giving If you’re in line for an income tax refund, don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’ve hit the jackpot and can spend recklessly. After you’ve treated yourself to a little something, explore these smart ways to invest that refund in your financial health and your […]

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Spring Break Fraud

[ 0 ] March 18, 2015 |
Spring Break Fraud

Spring Break Hotspots for Fraud, ID Theft When you’re having a blast on a spring break trip, the threat of identity theft or fraud is probably not the first thing on your mind. But when you’re in an unfamiliar place, and especially if you’re not paying close attention to your surroundings, you may put yourself […]

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