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Fee-Free Online Banking Options

Online banks are free to use, generally don't have surprise gotcha fees, and are winning rave reviews from customers. In general, online banking appeals to younger folks who don't want branches or even to look at someone face-to-face when they do their finances. USAA Federal Savings Bank, which caters to ...

4 Ways Your Finances Suffer When You Ignore Them

It’s tough to face challenges, problems, or issues in our financial lives. No one enjoys dealing with money matters that leave us confused, hopeless, or negative about our ability to succeed. Even focusing on the good stuff can be overwhelming. Some of our biggest financial goals will take years, if ...

Win Money To Save For The Future

We know on an intellectual level that we should save money for the future. I could spend all day going blue in the face telling you, "If you have save this much money, it will grow to this much in 15 years. And then it will grow to this much ...

Is Your Money Available In A Money-Market Fund?

A lot of people stash their savings in money-market funds. But money-market funds actually come in 2 flavors—and one won't allow access to your money in the event of a financial storm. Do you know the difference? Money-market accounts vs. money-market mutual funds Many people have a traditional money-market account ...

4 Ways To Raise Financially Independent Kids

Where did you learn about money? Did a parent explain to you how credit worked, or show you how to write a check? Or did another trusted adult, like a teacher in school, provide you with your financial education? If you’re like most Americans, what you learned about money came ...

Beware Of Brokers Promising The Best CD Rates

There's a hot scam going on around the country that's stealing your money with a promise of high returns on a seemingly safe product. We're in an era when people are struggling to find short-term CDs that pay more than 1%. Yet people who are on fixed incomes or are ...

How To Teach Kids About Money By Not Using Cash

Kids and money. Two things that don't go together like ketchup and chocolate. At least, that's the feeling I get from many parents who avoid talking about money at all costs, especially to their kids. But then these same parents want their children to magically grow up and perfectly understand ...

How To Save Money: Time To Rethink Your Spending

The wonderful thing about personal finance is that it’s really quite simple. At least, the fundamental principles in play are. They’re easy to understand and easy to remember. At a basic level, to grow your wealth and to be financially successful you need to: Spend less than you earn (or ...

6 Reasons Why Budgeting Is Easier Than You Think

Ok, let's play a game. Close your eyes. Wait, no, keep reading, but imagine you are closing your eyes. Now, relax and pretend you are on a beach, sipping a delicious drink without a care in the world. Someone walks up to you and says the word "budget!" What comes ...

Should we do away with the penny?

Years ago, I suggested that we do away with the penny in the United States. Boy, did I hear it from a lot of listeners. People were not happy with me! But the reality is pennies actually cost more than one cent to make and manufacture. Think about how easy ...

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