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6 ways to protect your money from inflation

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Inflation has been squeezing — and infuriating — U.S. consumers for a long time now. What began as an annoyance (an extra pinch at the gas …

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Should you have a weekly budget? Here are the pros & cons

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No matter what your financial goals might be — paying down student loans, saving for a new car or house, or just getting a better grip …

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Can this strategy help you save money on your mortgage?

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If you’re shopping for a home loan, you may be wondering if using mortgage points to “buy down” your interest rate is a good move for …

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You may be surprised by how much you can take out in personal loans

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If you’re preparing to make a major purchase, do some home improvements, or consolidate debt, you might be wondering how much you can borrow with a …

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Looking for home sweet home? You may have more options than you think

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  If someone asked you to describe your “dream home,” what picture would pop into your mind? A single-family home with a big backyard, or a …

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Does your state have the highest average student loan debt?

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  There’s no question that furthering your education can be an expensive endeavor. Almost a third of all American students take on some level of debt …

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These 12 staging tips could help you sell your home

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If you want to sell your home faster and for the highest possible price, you may find that it helps to thoughtfully stage it with potential …

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What happens to a car loan when someone dies?

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Probably the last thing on most car buyers’ minds when they walk into a dealership is the thought that they might die before they manage to …

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Is interest on your car loan tax deductible?

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5 companies that offer credit card pre-approval

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  Editor’s note: Lantern by SoFi seeks to provide content that is objective, independent and accurate. Writers are separate from our business operation and do not receive …

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Pros & cons of buying a starter home

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Young people and professionals who are just starting out often opt to first buy a modest home at an affordable price. It sounds like a good …

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6 ways to organize your bills

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  Making sure all of your bills are paid on time every month can be a tedious and time-consuming task. But it’s also an important one. …

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A guide to getting through financial hardship

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If you’re suffering through a period of financial hardship—whether it was caused by a loss of income, a medical emergency or some other challenging situation—you’re not …

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How to negotiate medical bills

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Facing a staggering medical bill can feel overwhelming, but if you find yourself struggling to pay, don’t give up hope. You may be able to work …

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Strategies to lower your energy bill when working from home

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One of the obvious perks of working from home is the opportunity to cut some expenses. If you’re no longer commuting every day, cooking more instead …

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Should you ever use your 401(k) to pay down debt?

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You have debt. But you’ve also got a stash of cash in your 401(k). If you’re feeling overwhelmed by high-interest credit card balances, a student loan, and/or …

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4 financial new year’s resolutions your future self will thank you for

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  You can usually guess someone’s New Year’s resolution because it often involves losing weight, getting into better shape or cooking more nutritious meals.   Look, …

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3 common debt payoff strategies

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  In the U.S., debt is a reality for many Americans. According to the Federal Reserve’s most recent report, our total national household debt is $13.95 trillion. That’s …

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How to plan the ultimate debt payoff strategy

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  Debt often has a negative connotation, but there are plenty of good reasons to have it — for example, using student loans to increase your …

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Can you get your Sallie Mae loans forgiven?

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  The reality is that Sallie Mae student loans aren’t likely to evaporate into thin air. That’s because Sallie Mae is a private lender now. And despite …

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Should I pay off debt before buying a house?

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Ready to buy your own home? There’s a lot to consider, especially if this is your first time applying for a mortgage and you’re carrying debt. …

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Pros & cons of using a debit card online

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These days, debit cards are accepted almost everywhere credit cards are accepted, both in-person and online. And that can be a game-changer for consumers who are …

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Can you lose your house with a reverse mortgage?

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For older Americans who may find they need more money in retirement, using a reverse mortgage to convert some of their home’s equity into cash can …

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The facts about getting audited

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Filing your taxes can be challenging enough for the average American taxpayer. (Especially if you ended last year owing to some money to Uncle Sam.) But …

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Where is my tax refund?

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It can be tough to tamp down your impatience while you’re waiting on an income tax refund, especially if you have plans for the money. The Internal Revenue …

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Popular monthly dividend stocks

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You might not guess it from the way many investors base their mood on the day-to-day movements of the stock market, but for most people, an investment …

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Do I need life insurance?

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If you’re trying to decide if you need life insurance, a good place to start might be to ask yourself: Would anyone be put at risk …

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Money management for college students

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Parents expect that their children will head off to college with concerns about fitting in, finding friends, and not failing classes. What they may not think …

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How does unemployment work?

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Millions of Americans who never imagined they’d be out of work—especially in what was until recently an incredibly hot job market—suddenly have been forced by the …

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How to budget for a baby

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Having a baby can fill your house with love. It also can take a toll on your finances. So while you’re obsessing about pink, blue, or …