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  • Teens and Money, Part 2: Credit Cards and Teens

    Credit cards are not just for adults anymore – in fact, one third of all American teenagers are cardholders. However, because it is so easy to get into financial trouble with that little piece of plastic, it is very important to learn how to use it before ever uttering those first magic words: “charge it!”

    What is credit?
    When you pay for something with a credit card, you are borrowing money from the issuer (bank, ...

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  • A Few Wise Ways to Spend an Income Tax Refund

    Expecting a substantial income tax refund this year? If so, you are in the majority - over 70% of Americans get money back at the end of the tax year, with the average refund being close to $2,000. Rather than those precious dollars being absorbed into your normal spending routine, get the most out of your cash.

    1. Pay down high interest loans and lines of credit. With average annual interest rates for credit cards ...

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  • Give Your Kids a Valentine….of Money Smarts!

    Every year, American children receive over $15 billion in allowance, gifts and wages - reason enough to start teaching children money management and consumer skills at a young age. The following tips can make the difference between a child who grows up to be financially secure - and one who isn't.

    Teach by example
    The best way to instill good financial habits is by "walking the talk." Explain your shopping technique, i.e. planning, budgeting, and ...

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