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How to Stock Up Wisely, Emergency or Not

03/09/2020

Concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19) mean more of us are doing what we probably should have been doing all along: washing our hands more frequently and thoroughly; staying at home when we?re sick; stocking up on food and supplies in case that stay becomes extended.

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How to Navigate Your Most Dangerous Decade

02/20/2020

More than half the workers who entered their 50s with stable, full-time jobs were laid off or pushed out at least once by age 65, according to an analysis of employment data from 1990 to 2016 by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and the Urban Institute, a nonprofit think tank. Only 10% of those who lost a job ever found another that paid as much, and most never recovered financially.

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The Dos and Don'ts of Debt Repayment

02/03/2020

Consumer debt is an extremely contradictory part of our personal finances: it?s at once common and incredibly personal. According to numerous sources, the majority of US adults owe money in some way, shape or form?and yet what this consumer debt represents can vary drastically from person to person. To some, a debt might signify a major accomplishment or progress toward a large goal. To others, it might be a constant reminder of a time of crisis or hardship. The decisions that lead us to consumer debt can be thoughtful and deliberate, or rushed and misguided. It is perhaps these differences that make it challenging to talk openly about debt for fear of judgment.

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Don't Shop This Way in 2020

02/03/2020

Overspending can be a serious downer for your budget. Kind of like that person in the movie theater who kicks the back of your seat: It?s annoying, distracting and ruins your experience. But that doesn?t mean you should stop spending entirely, just like you don?t have to stop going to the movies altogether. You just need to pick your purchases (and maybe your seats) more carefully.

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8 Things That Won't Hurt (Whew!) Your Credit

10/21/2019

Pay a credit card a month late, and you can count on it hurting your credit score. But there are some murkier areas you may wonder about: What happens if I marry someone whose credit is a lot worse than mine? Could my library fine from five years ago keep me from getting approved for a car loan? Does getting turned down for credit hurt my score?

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