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Avoid Holiday Budget Strain by Shopping Early

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Here’s how you can enjoy the holidays without putting your graduation date in jeopardy.

Get organized. Make a list of everyone you’re shopping for in advance and set a budget so you avoid unnecessary purchases. If you need help keeping track of everything, create a spreadsheet so you have all the information you need at a glance. Make columns for who you’re buying for, your budget for each person, and ...

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Tools to Help You Save – Coupons.com

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Here’s the first of our four-part series exploring couponing websites. Check out the pros and cons of Coupons.com.

Pros:

  • Let’s you print coupons, get coupon codes for online purchases, and link coupons directly to loyalty cards and credit cards from participating retailers.
  • Offers a handy app that lets you print coupons directly from your mobile device and sends push notifications when coupons are available for retailers in your immediate area.
  • Features a ...
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Life After Debt: Apps That Help You Grow Your Money

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These apps could help you save more, spend smarter, and build bigger savings.

 Mint Mint Budgeting App
CNN Money called this the “Cadillac of money management apps” and it’s easy to see why. Once you’ve set it up and linked all your creditors and bank accounts, it:
  • Automatically pays your bills on time
  • Tracks all your accounts in one place
  • Alerts you when funds are low ...
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Life After Debt: Easy Ways to Keep Saving

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By now you’ve become a pro at this saving thing right? But learning new habits for saving money is never a bad thing — especially if they’re easy like these:

  1. Question your reason for buying.
    Next time you go shopping, stop right before you get to the checkout and look at what you’re about to buy. Ask yourself: Do I really, really need this? If you have to think about ...
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Staying on Schedule: Why Consistent Deposits Matter

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What is your Dedicated Account? It is the account into which you make your monthly program deposit. It holds funds until enough have accumulated for us to negotiate settlements on your behalf. After you approve a settlement we’ve negotiated for you, the settlement amount gets paid to your creditor from this account.

It’s your account, your money, you control it! You are always in charge of your program ...

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