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Five Reasons for Checking Accounts at Your Financial Institution
Checking accounts provide proof of payment, security, convenience and help people monitor and budget their finances
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It wasnít all that long ago that having a checking account was a given, since writing a check was often the only way to pay for goods and services. Spending habits have evolved, but checking accounts are more important than ever, providing proof of payment, payment security, ease and convenience, a way to monitor spending and assistance with budgeting.
Peer-to-Peer Loans: Three Cheers or Steer Clear?
Peer-to-peer lending is all the rage these days, but is it all itís cracked up to be?
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Running a small business requires an easy flow of capital, and figuring out what mix of financing your business needs to run at optimum efficiency can be an arduous task. A mix of hoops to jump through, delays in getting to the funds you need and differing interest rates make each option for small business borrowing unique in terms of risks and rewards.
The Basics of Insurance for Property, Liability and Insurance
Knowing the basics can help simplify the right selection for you
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If you own a small business or are thinking about opening your own business, itís important to ensure that your business and the people you hire to run it are covered under the necessary insurance protection. Decoding all the complicated terminology that insurance companies are prone to use can be difficult, so here are some of the basics to help.
New Online Money Management Tools to Try
Four online tools for assessing your finances, paying down debt and managing investments
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New personal finance tools are constantly being developed and released, and it can be difficult to tell them apart and determine which are right for you. Sorting through them all is a chore that many people donít want to pile onto their current financial tasks of budgeting, paying down debt, growing savings and handling day-to-day money matters. This list will help you learn about a few of the new money management tools available online so you can more easily find the best ones for you.
Retirement Planning in Three Easy Steps
Many details go into a retirement plan, but they shouldnít bog you down
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Retirement planning is a process you should be engaging with your entire working life ó and beyond ó but if you havenít taken these basic steps, youíre already sunk.
Five Affordable, Winter-Ready Cars
These wheels provide weatherproof stability without breaking the bank
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From midsize and large sedans to compact SUVs and minivans, the automotive world provides a slew of options for the budget-minded buyer concerned about winter weather. For starters, check out the Ford Fusion, Subaru Forester, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Charger and Toyota Sienna.
Are Space Heaters Energy Efficient?
Making cents of home heating dollars

As the weather cools down in many areas of the country, household heat becomes necessary for most families. Many consumers attempt to reduce the annual cost of running their home heating system by supplementing with space heaters. In other areas of the country where the ambient temperature never dips much below 55 degrees, space heaters are the main source of heat on chilly days. The most common space heaters are electric, so for the purposes of this article, weíll concentrate on those.
Lake Placid, New York
Visit the birthplace of winter sports in the U.S.

If your idea of the perfect winter vacation involves navigating snow and ice, plan a trip to Lake Placid. The village in New York's Adirondack Mountains is the birthplace of winter sports in this country, after all.
Favorite Holiday TV Specials
Family favorites to enhance your holiday spirit

During the holidays, many families enjoy spending time together watching favorite holiday television shows. Whether it's a religious special, a stop-motion animation childhood favorite or a classic film that airs every winter, our time spent viewing holiday favorites is often an integral part of the season. Here are several specials that are just right for this time of the year.
Breathing Exercises for Relaxation
Exhale to be inspired

Sometimes you just need a moment to catch your breath. In fact, many doctors recommend controlled breathing for both short- and long-term relaxation. Here are five simple breathing exercises you can do anytime, even at your desk during the workday.
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