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10 College Scholarships for Minority Students

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5 Tips for Lowering Your Winter Heating Bill

Keep more cash in your wallet

If you’re looking for ways to save on your heating bill, there are plenty of…

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Watch out for Car and Home Insurance Surprises

Don't get caught off guard

If your goal is to save money this coming year, then you should definitely be…

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Lack of Long Term Care Insurance Leaves Women Vulnerable (Part 2)

Are you prepared?

If you’re a woman, chances are you’ll require some long-term financial support when it comes…

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Employees Close to Retirement Wish They Had Saved Sooner

Did you start saving early enough?

Do you find yourself regretting the fact that you didn’t start saving for retirement when…

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NFCC Offers Holiday Financial Checklist

Get your finances in order for the New Year

Have you been financially naughty or nice this holiday season?

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Lack of Long Term Care Insurance Leaves Women Vulnerable

Are you covered?

Women are at a higher risk of needing long term care insurance.

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4 Easy Apps To Manage and Track Your Money

Get a great start on the New Year with these resources

The best mobile solutions for your finances can help you monitor your bank account, and…

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Consumer Tip: Teaching Your Children about Philanthropy

Emphasize the importance of giving back

The holidays are an excellent time to teach your children about giving to those who…

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5 Smart Gifts To Ask For While You’re Still Young

Save money and get money this Holiday

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Take advantage of your youth. You still have a little time before Mom, Dad, and…

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Report: Many Women Unprepared for Retirement

More than 20% associated the word “retirement” with insecurity

A number of women experience tremendous anxiety when it comes to preparing for retirement, according…

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How to Save Cash on a Kitchen Remodel

Electrolux’s Julie Fritz shares her tips

If you’re planning to do a kitchen remodel, you’re probably looking for ways to save…

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Holiday Tipping: How Much Should You Tip?

Are you giving enough?

You want to show your appreciation for their help, but what dollar amount is appropriate?

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Survey: Consumers Likely to Rein in Holiday Spending

Will you be doing some belt tightening?

If you’re planning to cut back on holiday spending, you have some company.

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IRS Offers Tips for Year-End Gifts to Charity

Familiarize yourself with updated rules for charitable donations

If you’re in the giving spirit and planning to make a few gifts to charity,…

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Updates to Flexible Spending Accounts for 2015

Changes coming for next year

Be aware that Flexible Spending Accounts are going through a few changes next year.

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Ways to Save When Finding Your First Apartment

Cut costs when finding your first apartment

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If ever in your teenage years you mumbled, “I can’t wait to get…

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Study: Men and Women Equally Guilty of Impulse Shopping

The need to for instant gratification gets the best of us all

A CreditCards.com report reveals that three in four adult Americans have made impulse purchases.

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How to Use Life Insurance To Protect Your Wealth

Find the right policy to ensure security at any age

Being financially prepared for a breadwinner’s death saves families from the added grief of losing…

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Why Do 1 in 4 Women Take a Backseat When it Comes to Finances?

Fidelity's Kristen Robinson weighs in

Roughly 1 in 4 women are not taking part in household financial decision making.

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Living Single: 5 Easy Money-Saving Tips for Young Adults

What other money saving tips can you think of? Share below

Living single in your 20′s? Help maximize your funds by trying these five easy money…

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Fidelity Study: 1 in 4 Women Don’t Take the Lead When it Comes to Finances

Don't let your lack of confidence hold you back

Many women will become the sole financial decision maker at some point in their lives.…

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How to Manage Finances for Senior Family Members

Finance leader Carla A. Harris shares insights on healthcare and cost-of-living planning

Finance leader Carla A. Harris shares how to manage finances for the elderly.

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How to Teach Children About Money

Author Sabrina Lamb offers advice on starting money management training early

Author and financial expert Sabrina Lamb teaches parents how to teach children about money management.

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Survey: African Americans Put Family First When Making Financial Decisions

Who influences your money choices? Voice your opinions on key financial topics below

The presence or absence of a sound financial foundation directly impacts overall well-being.

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Infographic: Pre-Sale Car Fixes to Help You Get More Money Back

A few upgrades can mean more money in your pocket

Simple fixes could make a world of difference.

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How Millennials Can Score in the Game of Wealth Building

Conserve your cash, increase your financial acumen, and invest money in vehicles that produce solid long-term returns

Millennials, when should you start planning for your financial future? Today. Here’s how.

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Merrill Lynch Study Explores Impact of Health on Retirement

Poor health can ruin your wealth

Poor health can mean significant retirement challenges, so staying in top condition is important.

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ICBA Study: Millennials Value Community Banks, Want to Be Bosses

New research analyzes opinions and values of generation Y

Roughly 46% of the respondents reported that they are interested in learning the process of…

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Money Advice for the Sandwich Generation

Don't let competing demands ruin your retirement plans

Many Sandwichers say their adult children pose more of a financial strain than their parents.…

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How to Run Your Home More Like a CEO

4 tips for time & budget management from a business development expert

All successful CEOs have one thing in common: They’re able to maintain a big-picture perspective.…

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10 Worst States for Student Loan Debt

Is your state one of them?

Personal finance website Wallet Hub recently conducted a study highlighting the best and worst states…

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Consumers Cut Back on Spending

Are you doing some belt tightening?

Two-thirds of Americans are reducing their monthly spending. One of the main reasons is the…

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Survey: Millennials Rely on Personal Networks for Financial Advice

Generation Y is getting more serious about money management

Young people are demonstrating an interest in taking an active role with their finances.

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4 Things No One Has Ever Told You About Budgeting

Before you make a financial plan, take these steps

There are some hard truths you must know before creating a good budget that will…

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ATM Overdraft Fees Reach All-Time High

It will cost you more if you bank outside the network

The average overdraft fee of $32.74 set a new record high for the 16th consecutive…

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Infographic: The Financial Lives of Working Mothers

More working mothers are the heads of their household

Roughly 40% of working mothers are taking the lead when it comes to providing for…

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Cost of Caregiving Takes Many by Surprise

Caring for loved ones can take a toll

A little under half of family caregivers say they spend more than $5,000 annually on…

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Timeshare Nightmare: Waking Up & Walking Out Can Be Just A Pipe Dream

A valid, binding contract almost impossible to get out of

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On a vacation in Mexico six years ago, Jessica Martinez and her husband took…

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TD Bank offers Franchise Financing Options for Veterans

Back-to-School: CFPB Works to Protect Student Veterans

The organization aims to shield veterans from abusive and deceptive recruiting practices by schools

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking to help veterans looking to go back to…

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Hospitals Team Up with Banks to Offer Interest-Free Loans

Will this hurt or help patients?

One hospital has created a new payment option that will help patients pay for the…

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September is Life Insurance Awareness Month

An overview of life insurance buying habits

Many people put off buying life insurance until a major life event occurs. That’s not…

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Infographic: Tips for Managing Your Student Loan

Here's what to do before contacting the ombudsman

Here are a few helpful tips for managing your student loans.

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Consumer Tip: Watch Out for Hidden College Costs

Be mindful of these budget busters

College is an expensive venture. Don’t kill your budget by not taking into account some…

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Infographic: Navigating the World of Financial Aid

A quick guide to making sense of the financial aid system

Figuring out the ins and outs of financial aid can be overwhelming. Here are some…

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Infographic: Best Practices for Purchasing Life Insurance

Tips for buying life insurance

Here are a few tips for purchasing life insurance.

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Infographic: Save on Labor Day Travel

Keep more cash in your pocket

Use these tips will save you money this holiday. Check out this infographic breakdown.

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Negotiating a Financial Aid Package

Use these tips to get a better deal

Expect to pay $22,826 for tuition at an in-state public college and $44,750 at a…

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Track Spending

Tips for getting a handle on your cash

Check out this money-saving strategy.

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Survey: Healthcare Providers Fall Short in Providing Cost Transparency

Consumers are consistently shocked by their medical bills

Consumers are almost always surprised by out-of-pocket medical costs.

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Infographic: How Much Do You Spend on Coffee?

How those small purchases add up to big losses for your pockets

Do you buy coffee every morning? Here’s how those seemingly small purchases add up to…

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Infographic: Car Insurance Mistakes

Don't make these blunders

Take advantage of overlooked perks.

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Infographic: Ways to Tame Your Spending

Tips for keeping cash in your pocket

Check out these quick tips on how to tame your spending and save more money.

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Least Expensive States to Own a Car

Is your state on the list?

If you own a car in one of these states, you’ll have a little extra…

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Infographic: Student Loan Debt is Ruining Your Finances

Here's how "good debt" is making you poor

Prepare to eat beans noodles for a very long time.

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Most Expensive States to Own a Car

Is your state on the list?

If you own a car in one of these states, expect a lighter wallet.

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Don’t Wait To Plan Your Holiday Shopping

Tips and strategies to handle holiday spending without destroying your finances

The 2014 holiday season is a few short months away, yet many are financially unprepared…

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Family Affair: How One Couple Keeps Household Finances in Order

Anisha and Russ Bailey are serious about saving money

Anisha and Russ Bailey talk family finances and how they’re able to juggle it all.…

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Poll: Consumers Losing Sleep over Money and Working at Miserable Jobs

What are you losing sleep over?

If you can’t sleep because you’re underpaid and hate your job, join the club.

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Study: Many Data-Breach Victims Don’t Fight Back

Don't make it easy for fraudsters

Consumers underestimate the likelihood they will become the victim of a security breach.

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Personal Finance Trivia: What Do You Know About U.S. Currency?

Your daily money bite

Learn some fun facts about U.S. currency.

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Infographic: Grandparents Influence Grandchildren’s Money Views

Seniors have more impact than you think

Grandchildren are open about talking money with their grandparents.

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AARP and SBA Share Start Up Advice on Entrepreneurship for the 50 Plus

New Social Security Rule Affects Boomers

Those who've had both private and public jobs may see adjustments

Social Security is calculated in favor of low wage earners.

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Infographic: The Cost of Summer Fun Then and Now

A comparison of summer fun throughout the years

Nowadays, fun is going to cost you.

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Error in FAFSA Form May Affect Financial Aid Offers

Approximately 200,000 students were affected

Some schools began to see many applicants with unusual salaries on FAFSA.

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Watch out for Hotel Scams

Your daily money bite

Some scammers are taking advantage of unsuspecting hotel guests.

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Conduct a Financial Inventory

You must know where you are to get where you want to go financially

Be sure to take into account how you’re spending your money to ensure you’re on…

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Financial Help for Out-of-State College Students

New service created to help students qualify for in-state tuition

Some companies are making an effort to alleviate the financial burdens faced by out-of-state students.

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Report: One in Four Consumers Has No Emergency Savings

Are you financially ready for a rainy day?

A recent report by Bankrate.com finds that one in four consumers have no emergency savings.

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Savings Expert Marsha Barnes Talks about Frugal Living

You can live well on less

A recent national survey by the Consumer Federation of America finds that only about one-third…

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America Saves Survey: More Consumers Automate Savings

But some still stash cash at home

If you’ve ever wondered how your saving habits compare to those around you, wonder no…

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National Black Church Initiative Partners with TrustEgg

Organization will help one million children start a savings account

The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches, recently announced a partnership…

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The 5 Best States for Banking

Did your state make the list?

If you’ve ever wondered which states have the best banks and how they compare to…

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Budgeting for Success

Careful budgeting allowed former football player Michael Jackson to start his dream business

Becoming a sports star can be a dream-come-true. However, for many athletes, that dream quickly…

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Initiative may help some homeowners stay afloat.

Study: Older Americans Struggle with Mortgage Payments

The retirement plans of older homeowners are being affected by the fact that many are…

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How to Deal With a Financial Crisis

There are many successful people who had to start from scratch after a financial meltdown

Financial crisis does not, however, have to be the end of your world

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3 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money

Does your child understand the basics of money?

It is very tempting to give children allowances, but this does not teach them that…

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4 Ways To Boost Your Money IQ For Financial Literacy Month

A simple regimen to help you commit—or recommit—to your financial education.

Boost your IQ with these proven steps

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Lost Control of Your Finances? Here’s 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

Have you been terrible with handling money?

Everyone struggles with money at some point in their lives

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Are You an Unemployed College Grad? Here’s How to Manage Your Money

Were you unemployed after graduating school? Do you know of anyone who is?

Several factors are affecting the job market: the unstable economy, outsourcing, and baby boomers delaying…

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Pensions: Should You Take a Lump Sum or Monthly Payout?

Make sure to choose wisely

If you’re ever in a position where you’re offered to take your pension as either…

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<ul> 	<li><strong>Salary is inadequate:</strong></li> </ul> <strong> </strong>If you’re barely making ends meet when it comes to your bills, debt payments or providing for your family, then either you’re not budgeting correctly or your salary is too low.  If it’s the latter, Price suggests that you seek another job.  “If you don’t feel like you’re being compensated enough to handle living arrangements then something has to change,” he says.  “If you can look for another job that pays more then by all means go and pursue that.”

Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck? [Infographic]

If you’re barely making ends meet when it comes to your bills, debt payments or…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Meeting of Creditors

Your daily money bite

Even though it’s called a meeting of creditors, the creditors rarely attend

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How to Change Your Bad Money Habits [Infographic]

You don't have to let routine ruin your finances

How will you improve?

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The Cost of Raising a Child Continues to Rise

Buy a Bentley? Or have a baby? The Bentley could be cheaper

Raising children is more expensive than you think

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Sonya Smith-Valentine

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Learn how to manage your credit

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Michelle Oliver

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Life insurance purchases are important

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America Saves Week: Where Does Your Money Go? [Infographic]

Are you saving enough?

Does your pocket seem to always have a hole in it?

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America Saves Week: “Why You Should Save”

Your saving habits could have life-long consequences

Save now for a rainy day

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Be sure to also read...  	5 Podcasts to Boost Your Financial Brainpower 	7 Money Lessons from the Bible 	The 7 Deadly Sins of Money Management  How are you teaching your children about money? What age did you start?

America Saves Week: Play the Savings Game

Test your savings skills with this educational game

How did you do?

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US News & World Report Editor Talks New Book “The Economy of You”

Kimberly Palmer talks about creating an economy that you control

Take hold of your financial destiny

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Learn How to Save Money During ‘America Saves’ Week

Give your nest egg a boost

Use this week develop sound saving habits

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift? Try Your Credit Report

Nothing says 'I love you' like financial planning together

According to Morris, couples are often reluctant to discuss money matters and that finances are…

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Black Enterprise Financial All-Star: Katrina H. Everett Talks Income Strategy

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

Make sure you have sufficient liquidity in cash reserves in case of an emergency

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Divorce and Your Finances: The Basics

As with marriage, divorce is a major life-transition that requires financial planning

No one likes to plan for divorce, especially married people

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3 Retirement Killers: Protect Yourself Now or Regret it Later

The odds are better than ever that you'll live long enough to regret not planning for retirement

If you haven’t started saving for retirement, you need to start today

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SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE BY TEACHING You've accumulated a lifetime of real-world work experience and general life experiences. Why not share your expertise with the world by becoming a teacher? A part-time teaching job or instructor position could help you bring in a steady paycheck during your golden years or amid a period of semi-retirement. Teaching is also a great way to keep your mind stimulated and help you connect with others. By contributing to young people's development, you'll make a difference in the world beyond your own life. You may not get rich teaching part-time; but you will enjoy a richer life.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: myRA

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6 Steps for Getting Noticed in Any Setting

4 Tips for Keeping Business and Personal Finances Separate

Advice for keeping your money in order

Don’t forget to keep a close eye on both your business and personal finances

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10 Dumb Things We Do With Our Money

We need to unlearn bad habits, not just learn the right financial moves to make

As important as learning what to do with money is knowing what not to do

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3 Habits For Better Money Outcomes in 2014

Make sure your money is right or else everything in your life will go wrong

Commit to good habits, not just desired outcomes

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Ways to Save on Car Insurance Costs [Video]

Tips for keeping more cash in your pocket

Does the cost of car insurance have you reeling? It might be time to look…

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Tips on Overcoming and Surviving a Financial Crisis

The best time to overcome a financial crisis is before there is one

Karl Hardesty, CEO of Hardesty LLC, offers tips for overcoming a financial crisis and avoiding…

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Black Enterprise Financial Fitness Contest: Rodd Herbert Talks 1 Year Later

A look back at contest winners from the Black Enterprise 2012 Financial Fitness Contest

Herbert strives to manage finances in the face of declining health

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Black Enterprise’s Financial Fitness Contest Recap: Lachelle Metcalf Talks 1 Year Later

A look back at 2012 contest winners

Metcalf has made moves toward her financial goals

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5 Reasons To Get Real With Your Holiday Spending

It's okay to believe in Santa Claus, as long as you never forget that he won't be paying your bills

Reminders to avoid financial choices that detract from the true spirit of the season

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If you are considering offering a retirement plan for your employees, doing so before the end of the year could provide tax benefits.  Your business might be eligible for a $500 tax credit for the first three years of your plan to help defray setup costs. In addition, any employer contributions to employee plans enjoy tax deductions, and a business owner can realize personal tax savings by contributing to a plan.

5 Must-Haves to Get Your Retirement Plan Started

Financial planner offers tips to help get you on the right track

Financial planner offers tips to help get you on the right track

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Sources of Financial Advice You Can Afford

Don't let fear of the costs of hiring a financial planner stop you from getting the help you need to improve your financial situation.

Many of us know that we need financial advice from qualified professionals, but we often…

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How to Save on Grocery Shopping by Making These Treats at Home

Take care of your health and your budget with these homemade food choices

Indulging in a healthy treat can be hard with a busy schedule and a low…

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Emmy Award Winning Journalist Provides 6 Tips for Wealth Building

Money management expert Valerie Morris explains how to start a financial plan

BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke with Morris during the American Express OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp, a…

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Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

More Help for Those Focused on Fixing Their Finances

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus initiative is a great new resource to help you to gain financial freedom and build wealth for life.

Sharpen Your Financial Focus is a comprehensive effort to help you move toward financial stability.…

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Dealing With Debt That Won’t Die

A charge off is not loan forgiveness.

A charged-off account could cause you trouble for years to come.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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If you are considering offering a retirement plan for your employees, doing so before the end of the year could provide tax benefits.  Your business might be eligible for a $500 tax credit for the first three years of your plan to help defray setup costs. In addition, any employer contributions to employee plans enjoy tax deductions, and a business owner can realize personal tax savings by contributing to a plan.

What to Do When Your Retirement Nest Egg Starts to Dwindle

Here’s how to handle financial curveballs during your golden years.

How can pre-retirees avoid or minimize the impact of an economic downturn on their retirement…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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How Do You Get Started on your Business Continuity Plan?

Can Your Retirement Fund Your Next Business?

Retirement accounts can fund your next business, but beware of tax penalties

Can you use the money in your retirement account as capital for your business without…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Are You Trying to Maintain a Reality Show Lifestyle?

Are reality stars really paying for the lavish lifestyles they live on TV?

If you are trying to keep up with the reality show lifestyle, stop it.

By Jennifer Streaks

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What to Do if You’ve Ever Been Denied a Bank Account

Not to worry, you still have options

Ever been denied a bank account or had a check declined? If so, here’s why…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Refreshing Your Financial Goals for the Fall

Where are you with your financial goals?

Where are you with your financial goals?

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Tax Breaks for Going Back to School

Get financial perks for hitting the books.

Tax breaks are a great way to reduce educational costs.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Quick Tips for Saving Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Keep more cash in your pocket

Summer will soon draw to a close, and kids will be back on the school…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: The Real Cost of Payday Loans

Repeat borrowing often results in a cycle of debt

For a fast, dangerous payday loan, borrowers usually only need a checking account and proof…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Do You Need to Go on a Financial Diet?

Where can you trim?

It might be time to pare down for the sake of your financial fitness.

By Jennifer Streaks

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5 Practical Ways to Increase Your Cash Flow Right Now

It's always the right time to increase your income

Fill a temporary need. It’s just one way to increase your cash flow.

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Boost Your Financial IQ!

Free financial literacy resources to help you and your teen get smarter about your money

On a better, more complete financial education.

By LaToya M. Smith

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How to Consider a Lean Launch For Your Business Idea

The tested way to fast track your business

Whether you are currently running a business or thinking about making the leap towards entrepreneurship,…

By James Walker

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5 Smart Ways to Recharge Your Budget

Taking action now for the sake of your goals

Here are a few ways to think about giving your savings goals a boost.

By Jennifer Streaks

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5 Reality Checks You Must Face to Fix Your Finances

One of the challenges of financial education is trying to get through to people who think the rules of smart money management do not apply to them.

Time to get real: You are NOT the exception to the rules of building wealth.

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5 Ways to Promote Financial Literacy in Your Teen This Summer

Could you use a little help with your teen?

It really is a perfect time to get your teenagers primed to get in financial…

By Darren Sands

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Are You One Step Away From Financial Ruin?

Is saving a lost art? Too difficult?

A recent survey released by Bankrate stated that 75 percent of Americans don’t have enough…

By Jennifer Streaks

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When It Comes To Your Money, Are You A Hot Mess?

An exercise to give yourself a reality check—and maybe a much needed wake-up call—when it comes to your financial habits.

Check yourself. Before your wreck yourself.

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Living Single? You Still Need to Plan Financially

Could the keys to your financial success be tied up in your relative freedom?

Watch how you spend!

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Is it Time to Consult a Financial Planner?

After years of doing things on my own I knew it was time to get some professional advice

Before you dismiss the idea of working with a financial planner, find out how they…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Respect Your Money and Your Money Will Respect You

Know yourself and know your money

Not setting aside money for a rainy day leaves you financially vulnerable and emotionally stressed…

By Jennifer Streaks

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How to Stay Cool Without an Air Conditioner: A Beginner’s Guide

The recent heatwave in lots of states doesn't mean you should break the bank

Here are four ways you can keep costs down as the temperature increases so that…

By Darren Sands

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Keeping Up With Appearances Is Usually a Bad Idea for Your Finances

Why favoring style over substance doesn't pay off

It is better to be upfront and state that you are having financial problems and…

By Jennifer Streaks

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Apps to Manage Your Money

Simplify and organize your finances all in one place

These apps can get you on the right financial track

By LaToya M. Smith

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Plan, Save & Execute: Take Control of Your Money This Summer

Spend your summer months worry-free

We are heading into the busy summer season filled with travel, good food & time…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Several Factors Determine Best States to Retire in, Expert Says

Bankrate rated the best and worst states to retire in

Relatively cold states with high taxes and a high cost of living such as Oregon…

By Darren Sands

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How to Stay Within Your Budget During Travel Season

Follow these tips and stay on track with your finances

Taking the time to plan ahead for your summer travel can save you serious cash.

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: 4 Steps To Put Your Savings On Autopilot

You're more likely to save if you don't have to think about it

This week’s #WealthForLife focuses on strategies to make your savings goals more attainable.

By LaToya M. Smith

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Disability Insurance An Unnecessary Quandary For Some Millennials, Expert Says

The Hartford's Lindsey Pollak says it doesn't have to take an accident for young professionals to make a claim on disability insurance

Disability insurance could mean the difference between many things

By Darren Sands

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Speaking Up Pays Off When it Comes to Your Financial Goals

Telling others can help them keep you accountable

Discussions around money can be revealing but are sometimes difficult to have, especially if you…

By Darren Sands

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Learn to Do What’s Best With a Large Sum of Money

Resist the temptation of splurging on what you don't need

You have suddenly received a large, lump sum of money. So what do you do?

By Jennifer Streaks

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5 Financial Tips for Graduating Students

You're well on your way if you can get these down pat

Get a jump on your peers by following these tips.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Estate Planning With Your Children in Mind

Leaving money to pay for burial costs as well as to heirs is just part of the estate planning process.

Life insurance payouts can be used to pay off debts and loans, making it possible…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Mid-westerners Have Fewer Financial Worries, Rankings Show

No worries: Are they keys to financial freedom found in the midwest?

How does your city rank?

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A Parent’s Guide To Raising Financially Responsible Children

Our first lessons about money come from our parents. Sabrina Lamb's book "Do I Look Like An ATM?" provides a game plan for smarter choices.

Sabrina Lamb’s book “Do I Look Like An ATM?” provides a game plan for teaching…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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So You Filed Your Taxes. Now What?

Taking action after you file can get you ahead of the game

A list of things to do April 15th — and beyond.

By Jennifer Streaks

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As Sequester Cuts Take Hold, America Feels the Pinch

President Obama took a pay cut, too

Budgets across dozens of federal agencies and programs were slashed, with employees and administrators taking…

By Darren Sands

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10 Surefire Ways to Go Broke This Year

Wasteful spending isn't the only symptom of a bad financial steward

Budgeting, like anything else that matters in life, takes time. Even essential tax and estate…

By Darren Sands

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Give Your New Graduate A Financial Head Start

Getting young adults on the right path with their finances is the best way to mark a rite of passage to adulthood.

Getting young adults on the right path with their finances is the best way to…

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It’s Spring Wedding Season: 4 Tips on How to Protect Your Budget

You can only get "more awesome" if you're not getting married by keeping costs low

A few tips for the frugal-minded person.

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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