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Creative college savings: Unique scholarships to help offset rising costs
(BPT) - Does the cost of higher education scare you? If so, you’re not alone. College tuition prices have skyrocketed. Over the past 30 years average tuition and fees at public four-year institutions rose by 225 percent, according to The College Board. Factor in room and board, books and livin ...
Protection and perception: the role of the chip in your credit and debit card [infographic]
(BPT) - A recent survey showed that 80 percent of consumers are concerned about the security of credit and debit card transactions, yet 65 percent have not heard of EMV chip technology, reinforcing the need for education. To protect customers' financial security, Chase is adding EMV chip technology ...
What's the real cost of that auto repair? How to know if you're paying the best price
(BPT) - Do you take your car’s “health” for granted? Only when the check engine light comes on do you realize how important a fully functional vehicle is to your daily life. Feelings of fear, regret and anxiety often rush in: “Will my car break down?” “Should I ha ...
Disability insurance: why what you don't know can hurt you
(BPT) - Few people expect to become disabled and unable to work, even though 2013 Social Security Administration statistics show a 20-year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during his career. The truth is, life can throw unexpected curves your way, and expecting t ...
Tax time tips: How to combat tax identity theft fraud
(BPT) - April 15 is quickly approaching, and while receiving a tax refund may be the first thing on your mind, there’s one important issue to think about: tax fraud. Tax-related identity theft occurs when your personal information is stolen and used to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent r ...
Optimize your home's performance this spring
(BPT) - Did you know building experts suggest that spring is the ideal time to prioritize home improvements that add value and comfort? Most homeowners fail to notice the red flags indicating their home is not performing optimally. The inability to efficiently and effectively heat and cool your home ...
8 ways first-time homebuyers can make themselves mortgage-ready
(BPT) - It’s rare to get something right the very first time you try it, but when it comes to buying your first home, a lack of knowledge and experience can lead to costly mistakes. One in four first-time homebuyers say they are completely unfamiliar with the mortgage financing process, accord ...
6 model behaviors for tax planning season
(BPT) - Each tax season, much is written about strategies to minimize the amount you pay to Uncle Sam. Less focus is usually given to behaviors or practices that better position you to navigate tax season.With that in mind, Robert Fishbein, a vice president in Prudential’s Tax Department, offe ...
7 common tax return blunders to avoid
(BPT) - Although tax laws change every year, you can count on certain things to be timeless. That includes the same common mistakes taxpayers with simple and complex returns make every year. Knowing what those common errors are will help keep you in the clear. 1. Not reporting all of your income. Em ...
5 money traps to avoid each month
(BPT) - Are you always on the prowl for a better deal? Looking for ways to save money – but without having to cut back on quality?People often overspend in ways they don't even realize. From service plans that aren't being used to buying too many bulk items, it is easy to throw away money with ...
How to prevent identity theft during tax season
(BPT) - It’s the time of year when Americans gather their financial documents and anxiously await news of a tax refund or debt. While many hope to get money back, Time Magazine recently reported that the IRS paid an estimated $5 billion plus in false tax refunds in 2013, and according to Bloom ...
How Hispanics are preparing for a bright financial future
(BPT) - Anticipating the future can be difficult, particularly when it comes to your finances. But with the improving economy, more people are taking a proactive approach to planning for tomorrow and beyond. This is particularly true of Hispanics, who overall are feeling more positive about their fi ...
Car buying and selling simplified: Insider secrets to avoiding hassles and saving money
(BPT) - Having a car is a necessity for most people, but buying and selling one shouldn’t cause headaches and waste time. Industry insiders know there are steps that can help both buyers and sellers maximize their investment while minimizing stress.“The process of buying or selling ...
Busted: The truth about top cellphone myths costing you real money
(BPT) - Most people today have a cellphone that rarely leaves their side. In fact, cellphone usage is at an all-time high, with 91 percent of adults owning one, reports the Pew Research Center. While the technology has drastically improved many aspects of daily life, the cost of devices and service ...
Plan now for your big move this summer
(BPT) - The big move – it should be in all-caps and announced with a deep, authoritative voice. THE BIG MOVE. And it's coming to your family soon. It might be from one house to another across town, or it might involve crossing many state lines. No matter the distance, amount of belongings or n ...
How to maximize your tax refund and cut monthly expenses
(BPT) - Tax season is in full swing and everyone is hoping for a refund from Uncle Sam. What will you do with yours? Whether it’s several hundred or several thousand, if you use your refund smartly, it can provide the jumpstart to boosting your budget and living financially well this year and ...
3 costly mistakes baby boomers make with Medicare
(BPT) - Each day, thousands of people in the U.S. turn 65, and they’re faced with making choices about the Medicare program. Unfortunately, many people’s missteps mean they end up paying too much for healthcare coverage.“A study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed healthca ...
Use less water, save more money by focusing on 3 areas of your home
(BPT) - Severe drought and water restrictions in California may be making headlines and history, but the Golden State is far from the only region in the U.S. facing a drier summer. With the Environmental Protection Agency reporting that 40 out of 50 state water managers predict shortages in their st ...
Is a line of credit right for your business?
(BPT) - From time to time, your small business may face revenue swings, prompting you to borrow money to meet your short-term cash and working capital needs. One option is to secure a business line of credit.The Small Business Administration defines a line of credit as a loan given by a financial in ...
Find the right loan to realize your financial goals
(BPT) - When it comes to borrowing money, many loans offer benefits beyond simple financing. With that in mind, it’s important to understand how one type of loan may be right for making home improvements, while another may be a better match for financing a wedding. The key is to research the v ...
5 critical questions small-business owners must ask before retirement
(BPT) - Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. In fact, the number of small businesses in the United States has increased 49 percent since 1982, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the 23 million small businesses in America today account for 54 percent of all ...
Cultivating financial confidence: Study finds women have more to learn when it comes to retirement planning
(BPT) - Women today are incredibly competent when it comes to juggling career, family and personal obligations. Despite feeling confident in their ability to multi-task, it appears that managing their long-term finances may be taking a back seat to short-term priorities.Seventy-five percent of women ...
Three reasons why you should consider an IRA
(BPT) - Americans know tax day is the deadline to file income tax returns with the federal government. But tax day is also another important deadline: workers have until tax day to make contributions to their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) for the previous year.IRA contributions grow on a tax ...
How to secure the home loan you need
(BPT) - Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you’re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it’s important to figure out which path is right for you and ...
Accountants are solving crimes and helping businesses plan for the future
(BPT) - Accounting jobs are expected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with select specializations projected to grow even faster.Emerging jobs in the accounting field call for new and diverse skill sets that have not been required in the past. Tod ...
Ready, set, file: Helpful tips for choosing DIY tax preparation tools
(BPT) - Tax season is officially here. Last year, 40 percent of Americans chose to file their own taxes – but not all do-it-yourself tax preparation tools are created equal. For those consumers who like to sit in the driver’s seat when filing, here are five tips for what to look for when ...
The disappearing act: How to go from being credit invisible to credit visible
(BPT) - Are you credit invisible?You may have never heard this term before, but if you are credit invisible, then you’ve certainly felt its affects.Those who are credit invisible lack a credit score due to non-existent, limited or dated credit histories. More than 30 million Americans have bee ...
5 tips to slash prescription drug costs
(BPT) - Today’s rising health care costs can feel out of control. Fortunately, prescription drugs are an exception. Consider these five simple ways to save money on your prescriptions so you can stay healthy and maintain your budget.1. Ask about generic or lower-cost equivalents.Your health pl ...
Honking, speeding, hanging up - how impatient are you really? [Infographic]
(BPT) - As it turns out, we’re not as patient as we’d like to think. Curious to know how you stack up? If so, quickly follow this infographic to learn more about the habits of impatient people – you might be surprised.
Time-saving hacks impatient people use to maximize every minute
(BPT) - Do you routinely honk at the car in front of you, pass slow walkers on a sidewalk or press an already illuminated elevator button in hopes of getting to your destination sooner? If so, you’re not alone. The hectic nature of modern life means more people are impatient to squeeze the mos ...
The demands of tomorrow are facing today's accountants
(BPT) - Technology is rapidly changing all industries, including the accounting profession. An accountant from 30 years ago would barely recognize the field as it exists today, as mobile devices and cloud computing have begun to automate many of the day-to-day responsibilities of accountants. The in ...
Are you overpaying to be underinsured?
(BPT) - If you own a home, vacation property, boat, art or other valuables, you likely understand the importance of insurance. What you might not know is there’s a good chance you’re overpaying for that insurance, and furthermore, it’s likely not providing the coverage you really n ...
The 5 bad behaviors that may be derailing your retirement savings
(BPT) - More than half of Americans are worried about running out of money when they retire, yet a staggering 80 percent don’t have the knowledge they need to successfully build a nest egg and make it last throughout their retirement, according to The American College 2014 Retirement Income Su ...
Hoping to retire in 10, 20 or 40 years? Here's what you need to know now
(BPT) - American workers, ages 32 to 64, are $6.6 trillion short of the amount they need in order to retire comfortably, according to Retirement USA. When it comes to planning ahead and saving money early, time is of the essence. However, 63 percent of American workers have less than $1,000 saved fo ...
Tax hints every investor should know
(BPT) - Contrary to popular belief, having investments doesn’t mean only an accounting genius can prepare your tax return. Investors can easily do their own taxes while maximizing tax savings by following a few simple tips.“Gathering all forms and information beforehand makes preparing t ...
10 tips to safely sell a car online
(BPT) - Looking for a new set of wheels? Need to raise some cash for a home improvement project? Heading back to college?Last year, a whopping 42.5 million used cars were sold in the United States, many by private owners. And 94 percent of those transactions involved an online search, according to l ...
Health trumps wealth in importance to retirees' well-being
(BPT) - Whoever said, “If you have your health, you have everything,” must have been retired.That's because retirees feel more financially secure when they're in good health according to new research. And when they feel financially secure, retirees also report they're enjoying retirement ...
Financial management tips for adult learners going back to college
(BPT) - The ever-rising price tag of college education has been in the news for years, with the average cost hovering just less than $20,000 a year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. That number, however, speaks to first-timers enrolled full-time in a four-year or two-year c ...
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Book highlights memories of southern Illinois dairy farm
USDA plugs in new crop to balance sheet
Long-range forecast looks good for production
Muncie dairy farmer to serve as Indy 500 milkman
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