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Money Lessons: Debit Cards for Kids

Money Lessons: Debit Cards for Kids

Explaining money and how it works forms the basis for teaching your kids financial literacy. An easy way to do this is by discussing your money decisions with your children – how you earn money, how you spend it and, of course, how you make your savings choices as well. Basically, what you’re doing is modeling the behavior you’d like your children to learn.
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To Buy or Rent: Which is the Best for You?

To Buy or Rent: Which is the Best for You?

At one time, owning a home was a key component of the “American Dream.” You got a job. You worked hard. You got ahead. You married and bought a home. But times have changed. The changes in the world around you may mean changes in the way you look at your lifestyle and financial strategy. So, before you seek out a real estate agent, ask yourself a few questions.
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Being Smart About Apps

Being Smart About Apps

Smartphones and mobile apps are very much on the upswing, which is changing how we use, share and store information. As of May of this year it was reported that smartphone owners use more than 30 apps in a month, roughly one-third to one-half of the apps they have installed on their phones. And using those apps has become a daily habit. People now open or launch an average of nine apps each day.
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A Legacy Plan for Your Pets

A Legacy Plan for Your Pets

Since our pets have shorter life spans, we don’t typically think about outliving them. But it does happen. It is estimated that between five and seven million companion animals end up in animal shelters due to the death of their owners. For some pets, they are lucky to be surrendered to a no-kill shelter and will live out the rest of their lives with good care. Unfortunately, another nearly three to four million of them end up being euthanized (60 percent of dogs; 70 percent of cats) when new homes can’t be found.
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Legacy Planning in an Election Year

Legacy Planning in an Election Year

Election year is officially under way and with it comes the slew of campaign ads, increasingly tense debates – both on television and on Facebook – and the knowledge that before year’s end, all of us will have to cast our votes. Regardless of your positions on the issues at hand, one thing is certain and that’s change.
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