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An energy-efficient home can bring you comfort and cost savings. The first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency is insulating your walls and other areas prone to losing heat. Today, new-construction homes have plenty of insulation and other energy-efficient features. But this wasn’t always the case. Older homes may have little or no insulation,
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Have you been thinking about going solar? You’ve seen the commercials and are excited by the prospect of joining the renewable energy revolution, lowering your electric bills and doing your part to save the environment. But you can’t greenlight the purchase yet because you don’t know whether to lease or buy solar panels. It’s a
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It’s never too early to start saving for retirement. Investing in an individual retirement account (IRA) is a great way to save for the future. However, there are limits to how much you can contribute to these accounts each year. Keep reading to learn more about how IRA contribution limits work. 2022 Roth IRA Contribution
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Navient – which was a spinoff from Sallie Mae – is a student loan service provider for private and Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) student loan borrowers. The company was recently involved in several lawsuits, including a multistate lawsuit with 39 attorneys general. As a result of the settlement they reached, several changes have
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You’d have to be living under a rock not to notice cryptocurrency’s recent rise in popularity.  Many curious and aspiring entrepreneurs have made fortunes in Bitcoin, Ethereum and other forms of digital currency – and many others have followed them, hoping to turn a quick profit.  In turn, fraudsters have swooped in to take advantage
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When you sign a car lease contract, it usually includes buyout terms and the residual value (the car’s estimated value at the end of the lease) – which helps determine the buyout cost. If you want to buy your lease, you may wonder if you can negotiate the purchase price. While successfully negotiating a car
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Negotiating at a car dealership is a big part of getting the best deal. But not many people like negotiating – it can get emotional, and the confrontation is real! Plan out buying a new car to avoid making common mistakes that result in excess debt (like rolling over the loan balance on your current
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If you’re dealing with debt, you’re not alone. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), from 2018 – 2020, Americans spent over $120 billion per year on credit card fees and interest.[1] The good news? You may be able to get some financial relief. Read on to learn about debt relief programs and debt
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If you have a personal loan, paying it off early can reduce your monthly expenses and save you from paying more in interest.  However, having a personal loan paid off early may also come with unintended consequences. It can impact your credit score, cost you hefty prepayment penalties or prevent you from using that extra
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A car loan can get you on the road if you don’t have the cash to buy your first car. Buying your first set of wheels can be exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. And if you walk into a dealership unprepared, it’s easy to spend more than you should. The car buying process
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When you borrow money from a lender, you are taking on a risk – and so is your lender. That’s why a loan’s repayment terms and conditions are typically meticulously spelled out. Some loans are short-term and can be repaid within 36 – 60 months (3 – 5 years). On average, long-term personal loans have
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If you’ve ever gone shopping, either online or at a brick-and-mortar retailer, you’ve probably seen something you wanted, wished you had the money to buy it and moved on. Retailers understand it isn’t always easy to buy something if you have to put up all the money upfront. That’s one key reason they now offer
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Personal loans can be a big help when you need money in a relatively short period of time. A personal loan can help you with emergencies, cover home repair and renovation costs, help you consolidate high-interest debt and much more. But when tax time comes around, you may find a personal loan doesn’t come with
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Whether you need an emergency loan, auto repair financing or funds to pay for moving across the country, the number of loan options available can feel overwhelming. And if you need cash fast, have bad credit or have a high debt-to-income (DTI) ratio, a high-interest loan may be your only option. High-interest loans are usually
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Spoiler alert: All investments carry some degree of risk, including the latest currency to take the financial world by storm: cryptocurrency – also known as crypto.  Articles and online forums are loaded with whiplash-inducing news of crypto billionaires alongside reports warning us of a crypto crash. It can be difficult to decide whether to invest
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Lending money to relatives can have potential benefits and drawbacks for both the lender and borrower. However, family loans can work out well when planned for despite the risk. Similar to other types of loans, family loans have legal requirements, tax implications and IRS guidelines to follow. Family loans need clear communication, including upfront disclosure
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When we think of predatory lending, some of us might imagine the stereotypical loan shark. You know, the slightly menacing lender who lends money at ruinous interest rates and threatens to send someone to break a beloved appendage if we don’t pay on time. The truth is, predatory lending is more common than many borrowers
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Adulting has its fun side, but paying bills usually doesn’t fall in the fun category. For many of us, paying bills can be time-consuming, boring and even stressful. What wouldn’t we give for a convenient, easy, efficient way to pay our bills? Thankfully, a solution exists: automatic bill payments. Automatic bill payments can rid you
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Big expenses usually require big loans. You wanna buy a house? You’ll likely need a mortgage. You wanna renovate your kitchen? You’ll likely make use of a home equity loan. But what about smaller – yet significant – purchases? For those, you might want to consider point-of-sale (POS) financing. We’ll review what a point-of-sale loan
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When you need money from a lender, you can get one of two loan types: secured and unsecured. A secured loan uses a pledge of collateral and an unsecured loan does not. When using collateral to secure a loan, you run the risk of losing the asset if you cannot repay the loan. If you
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