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6 Free Apps that Make Personal Finance Easy

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August 20, 2015 by Jenn R.
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hand with cellphone Looking to get a better grip on your finances? With just a few clicks, the following money management apps can handle everything from organizing a personalized budget to putting aside funds so you can pay your bills on time.

Each app’s user-friendly interface makes it easy to manage your bank accounts and monitor your household expenses. No more hiring a costly financial planner and sifting through designated envelopes of cash. Ready, set, download!

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Stuff You'll Need if You're Going Away for College

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August 15, 2015 by Guest
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college dorm room with chair desk and bedWell, you did it. You've graduated and been accepted to your dream college. So now what? Even though you have the whole summer ahead of you to get ready for this next chapter, getting ready to go away for school does require some planning ahead.

For me, living in a dorm was sort of like one awesome extended sleepover. Unfortunately, it also costs a heck of a lot more than I expected just to move into my dorm room in the first place. If you're heading off to college for the first time, make sure to plan accordingly. You'll need a bunch of new stuff, and it's going to cost you some money.

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"Old School" versus "Tech Savvy" ways of Exploring a New Town

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July 30, 2015 by Jenn R.
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Wow, I just realized. I’ve managed to survive four moves over the last decade. Now, I’m looking to stay put, settle down, and plant some roots. Don’t get me wrong, moving can be an exciting new adventure! Having been through as many moves as I have, I’m actually somewhat of an old pro at finding my way around a new town. I could benefit though by adding some “tech savvy” options to my “old school” ways. I’m always hearing, “They have an app for that!” Now that I’ve settled into my new home and have started looking for new hangouts and favorite go-to spots, let’s see if there is indeed an app for that as well!

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How to Save Money Using Our Club Accounts

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July 15, 2015 by BCCU
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How to save money in two words—club accounts!. Image from norwichsmiles.com.

If you have a specific savings goal, such as a special event, an annual vacation or holiday shopping, using a club account to save for that goal makes perfect sense.

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6 Ways to Keep Vacation Spending in Check

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July 14, 2015 by Guest
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Relaxing on a trip is a wonderful thing, as long as it doesn’t mean loosening the reins on your finances. Vacations have a way of triggering poor money habits, from impulse buying to splurging with credit cards. Here are six ways to steer clear of overspending on your next holiday.

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