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Tips for Staying on Your Budget This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s hard to not get caught up in the flood of red and pink hearts. While dreams of an exotic trip, fancy dinner and brand-new diamonds are fun, having the funds or free time to accommodate such extravagant gifts may not be reality. Here are a few ways…
older couple walking up to a home with a for rent sign outside.
Many people dream of the day when they can leave the workplace for good and devote their time to family, a little rest and relaxation or their favorite hobby. In fact, according to Transamerica Center’s Annual Retirement Survey, 77 percent of workers in 2016 are actively saving for retirement, either through their employee benefits or…
group of volunteers standing with their hands in the air.
Each year, many people make a point to give more to charity. Sometimes, though, donating to charity is more complex than simply writing a check. Considerations include what you want your donation to mean, and how it will get to the charity you choose. Here are some tips to help make sure your dollars do…
man working on computer at home
The password: It protects important personal, professional and financial information online. And you’ve heard the warnings: Never use the same password across accounts; don’t choose familiar words or numbers; change your password frequently. But, with the number of accounts people need to access, this might be challenging. It’s a password conundrum: How do you keep…
woman in pink shirt sitting on couch with laptop in her lap.
Trying to avoid email scams isn’t as simple as you may think. Most people know to delete messages promising lottery winnings or a free smartphone, but what about emails that look like they’re from legitimate businesses? Or links from family and friends? As people gain awareness of the risks of cybercrime, criminals are finding more…
lock on keyboard for strong passwords.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), identity theft is a growing global concern. From phishing scams to sophisticated hacking rings, cyber thieves continue to develop creative ways to compromise your personal information. Both the IRS and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommend you safeguard your personal information with a strong password. Here are seven password…
family taking a selfie on the beach.
Do you know someone who feels the need to share every detail of his life on social media with little or no regard to who might be watching? You’ve probably seen a post like one of these: “Check out this awesome driver’s license photo!” “This has been the best birthday ever!” “I can’t believe I’m…
young man doing taxes while sitting on living room floor.
Whether you owe money or are expecting a refund, preparing your own tax return or hiring a professional, tax time can be, well, taxing. The last thing you probably want to worry about is identity thieves tapping into your financial accounts, opening new lines of credit or committing other types of theft or fraud. But according to…
young woman using tablet in home office.
When you start working at your first professional job and move out on your own, you may have a whole new set of expenses. From rent and utilities to paying off car or student loans, the expenses can add up fast. It may feel nearly impossible to set aside money for your retirement in addition to your…
emergency fund.
Everyone knows the little rules of life that may reduce the risk of costly mistakes, like driving slowly in the rain or not leaving candles burning. But it’s the rare what-ifs that might prompt you to dip into your retirement savings or your child’s college fund if you don’t have a financial backup plan. An emergency fund can help serve as protection…