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Smart Things to Do With Your Tax Refund
Money Tips, Saving, Spending
It’s not every day that someone gives you hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of dollars for (seemingly) no reason. That’s what makes getting a tax return so exciting. However, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of the moment and spend it all right away without much thought.
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Holiday Shopping Tips for Savvy Savers
Spending, Saving, Money Tips
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s often the most expensive. Between the gifts, food and festivities, it’s easy to get carried away with your spending and throw caution to the cold, December wind. But with a few smart tips, you can keep your budget in check and end the year on a high note.
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Make Your Money Work Harder for the Holidays
Spending, Saving, Money Tips
This year will soon be coming to a close, and it’s time for you to sit back and enjoy quality time with friends and family. You deserve to spend this time reflecting on what you’re most thankful for without stressing about money.
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Start the “New (school) Year” off right with a little help from technology
Red Shoes, Financial Freedom, Spending
January 1 might be the official beginning of the New Year, but doesn’t back-to-school always feel like the REAL fresh start? As you trade swimsuits and flip-flops for backpacks and lunch bags, there’s no better time to get control of your spending. Check out these tips and tech tools and you’ll be owning your money in no time.
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Back to School Finances
Everything You Wanted to Know About School Finances, but Were Afraid to Ask
Student, Worth Saving For, Spending
If you’re a student or a parent, the beginning of the school year, especially a college career, can be intimidating, though it doesn’t have to be. By studying up on financial planning before the first day of school, you can be ready to tackle whatever college – and life – may throw at you.

Before Classes Start
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Q&A: Family Financial Planning
Family, Saving, Spending, Living
Have a family or thinking of starting one soon? Check out some advice from our very own CEO and President, Kim Sponem on spending and saving with the family in mind.
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