07.05.17
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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Cashier’s Check and How Do I Get One?

“Cashier’s check” is one of those financial terms you may have heard thrown around, but what does it really mean? How is a cashier’s check

10.13.17
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Personal Finance 101: What Is a Money Market Account?

If you’ve run across the term “money market account” at your bank, you’ve probably wondered what it means. While it might sound kind of imposing, a

06.08.16
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How to Break Out of the Overdraft Cycle

Most of us are familiar with overdrafts, whether it’s something we’ve actually done ourselves or not. We write a check for an amount greater than

05.31.16
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How to Escape the Trap of Expensive Banking

One of the most powerful articles I’ve ever read is “When You’re Poor, Money Is Expensive,” in the Atlantic. The article lays out in incredible detail

04.04.17
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Three Painful Bank Fees (and How to Avoid Them)

We’ve always known that banks make major money off fees. Just how much has often been tricky to say, but for the first time last

02.11.16
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What Should I Do With My Newfound Money?

It happens several times in the lives of most adults. For some unexpected reason, you suddenly have more money than you had yesterday. Maybe that

06.23.16
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How to Avoid Feeling Disconnected from the Numbers

I’ve been saving for retirement in some fashion or another since I was 22 years old. That means I’ve been accumulating money in various retirement

07.06.17
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Best Personal Checking Account Promotions in 2017

If you need a new checking account, banks from coast to coast are offering attractive promotional bonuses to lure your business. A bank checking account

12.31.16
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New Year’s Resolutions: Six Ways to Hack the 52-Week Money Challenge

New Year’s is nearly upon us, and with it the chance to start fresh and make some changes in our lives. The most common New Year’s resolution is to

11.01.16
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Credit Card vs Debit Card: Which Should You Use Online?

In case you hadn’t heard, most banks and businesses began transitioning their credit cards and credit card terminals away from magnetic stripes and toward EMV technology last

10.30.15
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Why Your Teen Should Open a Checking Account

A checking account can empower your teen to develop good financial habits and a healthy independent streak. My parents had me open my first checking

06.23.16
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Budgeting Software Showdown: Alternatives to Mint.com

Since its founding in 2006, Mint.com has grown from a small financial startup into a formidable personal finance tool with more than 15 million users.

10.09.15
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The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

While investors love to chase gains, it’s important to devote a portion of your portfolio to slow, steady investments that protect you from losses. Here are

08.23.17
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The Best Free Checking Account in 2017

Free checking accounts used to be commonplace, but as banking has grown more sophisticated it’s also gotten more expensive. The Internet, though, has made it

05.31.16
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How My Cheese Addiction Taught Me to Automate My Savings

Sigh… I guess that’s enough cheese. Photo: Catriona Savage I wouldn’t consider myself an overly indulgent person. I generally eat two well­-balanced meals a day.

11.01.16
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Capital One 360 Review

If you’re looking for a strong all-round option in online banking, Capital One 360 is a particularly good choice. In fact, it’s Google-X’s

10.05.15
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Student Guide to Checking Accounts

There’s more to a checking account than just writing checks. Photo: Rikkis Refuge Other If you’re in college, the idea of maintaining a checking account

09.30.15
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Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

When it comes to your cable, Internet, insurance, or credit card bills, it never hurts to pick up the phone and ask for a lower rate. The