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Trim Your Budget Strategically to Battle Rising Prices, Rates

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Consumers face rising prices almost everywhere they turn, including on basics like gas and food. At the same time, rising interest rates can translate into higher credit card payments for people carrying debt month to month. Here are five strategies that can help.

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3 Business Loan Application Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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Access to affordable capital is essential to running a small business. Still, the process of applying for a business loan can be daunting — and approval isn’t a sure thing, even if you have good credentials. Here are three common mistakes to avoid when applying for capital for your small business.

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5 Key Numbers to Know About Savings Accounts

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You don’t have to be a numbers person to have a healthy bank account. But when it comes to savings, knowing a few key figures can help you maximize your options. Here are five numbers that can help you determine if a savings account is ideal — or if it could cost you.

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How to Score Points in the Credit Game

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Credit scoring can feel like a frustrating game — falls can be sudden and swift, and climbing is a slow slog. The traditional advice of paying on time and keeping balances low will eventually result in decent credit. But you can speed it up.

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How to Crush Your Holiday Debt

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The holidays have left without a trace. Well, almost. Long after the decorations have come down, you still have debt hanging around. Don’t let it put a damper on your year. Here’s what you can do to take control of your holiday debt.

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What to Buy (and Skip) in January 2022

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It’s 2022, and the new normal still feels pretty abnormal. The holiday season came and went, and we all learned a lot about supply chain management. Here’s your guide for what to buy (and skip) in January. 

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How to Holiday Shop at the Last Minute

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Supply chain snags. Sold-out merchandise. Empty shelves. Hefty shipping fees. Inflation. There are plenty of complications working against you this holiday shopping season. Here’s what to do if you still have gifts left to purchase this month.

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Experts Make 5 Predictions for Black Friday 2021

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Here are five predictions from retail experts about Black Friday 2021 — plus, how you can navigate the upcoming sales.

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What to Buy (and Skip) in October 2021

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Here’s what to buy and skip this month to score discounts and, in some cases, ensure timely delivery.

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Beat Your Summer ‘Revenge Shopping’ Debt

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If your summer of “revenge” spending has come for a payback of its own in the form of lingering debt, make a plan for paying it off.

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