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Can You Spot a Phishing Scam?

Can You Spot a Phishing Scam? Every day, thousands of people fall victim to fraudulent emails, texts and calls from scammers pretending to be their bank. And in this time of expanded use of online and mobile banking, the problem is only growing worse. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission’s report on fraud estimates that American consumers lost a staggering $5.8 billion to phishing scams and other fraud in 2021—an increase of more than 70 percent over 2020.

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Tips for Overcoming Common Financial Fears

Worried about money? If so, you're not alone. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), 87% of Americans reported feeling stressed about the rising cost of food, energy, groceries, and more since the pandemic.

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5 Creative Ways to Attract Talent to Your Company

Looking to find the right talent for your business? You're in good company. Today, companies of all sizes – from a range of industries – are grappling with a pressing business challenge: the labor shortage. Yes, with employment low, it's become increasingly difficult for companies to attract, hire, and retain the talent they need to carry out their business objectives.

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Fall Into Home Improvement

Cool nights. Beautiful foliage. The return of football. The fall season sure is a great time to be outdoors. It's also a great time to make improvements to one of your greatest assets — your home.

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Halloween Safety

Halloween can bring joy and excitement to children, it can bring worries to parents about their children's safety. Here are some simple tips to ensure your child enjoys the treats of the season — and stays safe.

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5 Ways to Get More Out of Your Paycheck

Let's face it, it's expensive out there. The cost of groceries, gas, utilities, rent and so many other things has risen sharply over the past year. And now more than ever before, you may be thinking that it's time for a big raise.

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Managing Money Together

In relationships, communication is key. That's especially true when it comes to one of the biggest challenges for couples – managing money. For many, money is a taboo subject, which is probably why it's among the leading causes of divorce.

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The Business of Blogging

Finding cost-effective ways to reach customers and prospects is critical to growing your business. An increasingly popular way business owners are accomplishing that today is by blogging. A blog can help you —

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Wanna Get Away- with Less Expensive Airfare?

Planning to take off this winter season? Whether you're thinking about visiting loved ones, relaxing on a tropical island, or hitting the mountains for skiing, it's important to shop around for the best travel deals, especially airfare.

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Helping Students Prepare for College Life

The time has finally come — the day when your child will leave home for college. It's the culmination of all your years of sacrifice, hard work, and preparation. And while it's exciting to think about this new phase in your child's life, it's not uncommon to become emotional and worried about the prospect of your child living without you. Here are some easy ways to prepare your child (and you) for the big moment:

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Healthy Ways to Get Kids Moving

There's no question, technology has changed the way we live. It's allowed us to streamline activities and gain more time. But for many children today, it's given them more time for unhealthy habits, such as sitting in front of the television or computer for hours on end when they should be exercising. Not a healthy habit since it may take them away from the 60 minutes of exercise experts say kids need each day.

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4 Myths About Mortgages

From the list of terms to the array of loan choices, the mortgage process can seem overwhelming and complicated. It also doesn't help that there are a lot of misconceptions about mortgages. Here are four of the most common ones:

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National Anti-Boredom Month

"I'm bored; there's nothing to do." It's that dreaded phrase that every parent will hear at one point or another during summer vacation. The painful truth is, with the structure of the school day gone, many kids and parents can struggle with how to fill the extra time. In the spirit of National Anti-Boredom Month in July, here are some tips to brighten summer days and turn family boredom into family bonding:

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Hot Tips for a Great Day at the Beach

Warm sand. Cool breezes. Refreshing water. With so much to offer, it's no wonder why folks love to spend summer days relaxing at the beach. A day at the beach is a great way to connect with your family and friends, take in the wonders of nature, and unplug from your electronics. But before you put your toes in the sand, be sure to prepare with these helpful tips to help you make the most of your beach getaway.

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5 Smart Ways to Leave Work on Vacation

Vacation. It's one of the most coveted and valuable employee benefits. Even the happiest and most satisfied worker can appreciate the importance of taking some time away from pressing deadlines and early alarm clock warnings. And while technology has made it easier to learn more about great summer vacation getaways and values, it's also made leaving work behind even harder.

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Taking Care of Your Medical Debt

From unexpected illnesses or injuries to regular trips to the doctor, medical bills and copays happen. And depending on the care you require or the type of insurance you have, they can really add up – and put a drain on your budget.

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5 Important Questions to Ask When Selling Your Business

Building a business is hard work. So, it's natural that there may come a time when you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor by selling your business. Unfortunately, selling a business isn't easy, either. But like anything that's hard in life, planning can help make things a lot easier.

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Get on the Road to Safer Cycling

With opportunities to get great cardiovascular exercise, spend time in the outdoors, and enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, there's a lot to love about bicycling. In fact, it has become so popular in America that you can pretty much spot all kinds of cyclists wherever you go — from parents pulling toddlers in bike carriages, to couples taking romantic rides in parks on tandem bicycles, to packs of enthusiasts riding on country roads.

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Disposing of Old Computers

Getting rid of your old computer? You can ensure its hard drive doesn't become a treasure chest for identity thieves. Use a program that overwrites or wipes the hard drive many times. Or remove the hard drive, and physically destroy it.

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7 Ways to Manage Rising Fuel Costs

Managing costs is critical to managing your company's cash flow and longevity. But with today's soaring costs, including rising energy costs, that's become increasingly challenging.

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Tips for Starting a Business in 2022

Thinking about turning a talent or idea you have into a business? There's actually never been a better time to start a business than right now. Yes, now, even with COVID-19 still looming. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, the number of businesses created has been higher than ever since the pandemic.

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Resolve to Fulfill Those Resolutions

They are an end-of-year tradition. We arrive at them when we look back and take stock of our accomplishments and challenges of the past year and look ahead to the coming new year with a sense of hope, renewal, and promise. They are our New Year's resolutions.

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7 Steps to Prepare Your Finances for the Unexpected

The road of life is filled with many unexpected twists and turns. And though it would be great to know exactly when you might encounter a road bump like a market downturn, unexpected job loss, or health issue. it's not always possible. What is possible, though, is financially preparing for the unexpected. Here are seven steps that can help you:

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Holiday Budget for Your Business

The holiday season can be a glorious time of the year. A time to spend time with our loved ones, take some time off, and give back to others. But as all of us know, it can be an expensive time of year, especially for businesses that seek to show customer and employee appreciation and capitalize on selling opportunities. So how can you prepare for the added costs without draining your business finances?

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Get the Skinny on Healthy Holiday Eating

Eat, drink, and be merry. It's what so many of us do during the holiday season. Unfortunately, many of us suffer a consequence of doing so — weight gain. Even the healthiest and most disciplined of people can find themselves eating unhealthy foods and putting on a few extra pounds during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to ensure that doesn't happen to you.

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Shed Business Debt

business owners know all too well, there's often no way around having debt. Fortunately, though, there are some healthy ways you can shed that excess debt for your business and pump up that bottom line: These methods include: Talking to your lender

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Loans and Credit Scores: How they Work Together

Loans and Credit Scores: How they Work Together For better or for worse, loans and credit scores always go hand in hand. Negative connotations are most often associated with this pair, but there are several positives to understand as well. Let’s take a look at this relationship to learn why it always endures.

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How to Pay for College on Your Own

How to Pay for College on Your Own - But there's one very important thing you might not know yet: How the heck you will pay for it.Let's face it, college isn't cheap. According to U.S. News and World Report, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 school year was $11,171 for state public colleges and $41,411 for private institutions.

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7 Cost-effective Ways to Keep Your Employees on the Job

7 Cost-effective Ways to Keep Your Employees on the Job Finding and retaining quality employees has always been a challenge for small business owners. In the COVID-19 world, however, the challenge is greater than ever before. With expanded unemployment benefits that allow some to make more money staying at home than working and many working parents opting to stay at home with their children, there's a serious labor shortage. And those that have managed to get help must answer a pressing question: How can they retain the employees they do have on limited budgets?

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Appraisals and Home Equity Loans

Appraisals and Home Equity Loans Yes, you can get a home equity loan without an appraisal—but there are several things you should consider. First, the amount of the loan needs to be under $50,000. Next, expect a third party to conduct a drive-by look-see of your property.

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Difference Between Loan and Mortgage

What’s the Difference between a Loan and a Mortgage? There are several different types of loans available today. Customers sometimes ask us to explain the difference between each type, and we are always happy to help them find the right product for their unique situation.

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