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5 Helpful Financial Planning Apps for 2017

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With the year soon coming to an end, people are already starting to think of their resolutions for 2017. For many, gaining better control of finances is at the top of their list. But there’s often a disconnect between setting a New Year’s resolution and actually following through with it. Luckily, there are a variety …

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Best Ways for Creating & Sticking to a Holiday Budget

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According to a Gallup poll, Americans plan to spend an average of $752 on gifts this holiday season. Whether that number reflects the amount you’re going to spend or not, it’s important to stay conscious about how much you spend during a season that’s easy to get swept up in. That doesn’t mean you should …

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5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays Without Spending Any Money

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The holiday season is in full swing, and many Michiganders have begun the process of making shopping lists and checking off names. But if commerce is the largest cog in the holiday machine, then philanthropy makes up its core. If you want to help those less fortunate, but don’t have extra money to offer, there …

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Tips for Conquering Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping can be a bit intimidating for some people and rightfully so. Long lines, crowded stores and early morning shopping hours aren’t for everyone! However, if you’re planning to tackle one of the busiest shopping days of the year, here are some tips to help you have an enjoyable and productive shopping trip: …

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What Can $100 Buy

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If you’ve lived in the same place for several years, this question may seem a bit silly. However, $100 in certain regions goes quite a bit further than it does in other parts of the country. Factors like the cost of goods, land, and the income of residents all contribute to the disparity between the …

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5 Ways to Find the Perfect College Internship

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing When you apply for a job after college, employers are going to look at your resume to see if you have any relevant experience. Internships are a great way to grow your skills and show potential employers what you can do. Getting hands-on experience and enhancing your knowledge/skill sets in your …

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6 Ways to Save Money On Your Honeymoon

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Are you elbow-deep in wedding planning? Many brides-to-be count this as one of the most exciting times of their lives. If you don’t have the money to hire yourelf a J.Lo, though, it may be overwhelming and stressful. But remember — after the wedding comes the fun part, the honeymoon! Paying for honeymoon can be a challenge, but here are …

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5 Tips for Hitting the Thrift Shop

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A little throwback for you: “I wear your granddad’s clothes / I look incredible …” You know that song, love it or hate it. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis actually hits on some key factors that go into thrift shopping, namely that you can score some truly unique finds on a budget. Looking …

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Winter is Coming: Get the Most From Insurance Claims

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Winter is coming. (Any Game of Thrones fans out there?) In Michigan, we can get some pretty crazy weather during the colder months, which often leads to some sort of damage to the home. Leaks, floods, ice damage, roof problems from snow accumulation, freeze-thaw damage, etc. can wreak havoc on your home. If the damage is …

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The Pros and Cons of a Store Credit Card

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Store credit cards might get a bad rap, since some people who get them aren’t the best at money management. But if you take the time to think carefully and avoid making the impulse decision at the counter, opening a store credit card could work out in your favor. PROS? The initial discount you get …

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