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Money-Saving Tips for College Students

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March 13, 2017
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MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Some see college as a step removed from the “real world.” But the many college students find themselves surviving on a shoestring budget know better. For them, saving money is not just a real-world concern; it is a matter of necessity.

With school getting underway again soon, here are some timely tips to help undergrads cash in on money-saving opportunities, courtesy of the Financial Planning Association, the nation’s largest organization of personal financial planning experts:

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Tips for Completing the FAFSA

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March 13, 2017
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TIPS FOR COMPLETING THE FAFSA

Each year, June 30 is the online filing deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Note: State governments have their own deadlines for their forms.)

FAFSA is the form the federal government requires before you can qualify for any federal education aid. Today, the application is an online process on the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website. It’s a lengthy process, but the site takes students and parents through each stage step-by-step.
 

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Buying a Home: Seven Easy Steps

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March 13, 2017
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BUYING A HOME: SEVEN EASY STEPS

Home ownership remains one of the best investments you'll ever make. Just think, what other investment can you make that will not only give you a solid return on your money but will also be something you use each day?

If you are looking at buying a home, here are the seven basic steps to follow:

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Home Inspection FAQ

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March 13, 2017
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BUYING A HOME: SEVEN EASY STEPS

What is a "home inspection"? 
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Having a home inspected is like giving it a physical checkup. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation. 

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Contractor's References - Questions to Ask

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March 13, 2017
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QUESTIONS TO ASK REFERENCES

To protect yourself, always check the contractor's references. This is an essential stage of qualifying the right person for your project. Here are just a few questions to ask previous customers:

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