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Make Ends Meet

Results selected to help get your everyday finances squared away.

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Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

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Getting the work you need requires more than “nose to the grindstone” or an up-to-date resume.

Learn About Strategies for Older Workers

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It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

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Small changes can have a big impact.

Figure Out Where to Cut Spending

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For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

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Money in your pocket gets spent.  So set up a system that moves it where it should go before it gets spent.  

How To Move Money From Spending To Savings

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Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

How-To

It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

How-To

Money in your pocket gets spent.  So set up a system that moves it where it should go before it gets spent.  

How To Move Money From Spending To Savings

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For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

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Small changes can have a big impact.

Figure Out Where to Cut Spending

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To 1) cut your payment, 2) pay it off faster, 3) get cash, or 4) switch to a fixed or adjustable rate loan.

Figure Out "If You Refinance ..."

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Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

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There’s nothing wrong with borrowing – we all borrow to buy a house or a car – as long as you don’t borrow stupid.

Learn About Borrowing Smart

How-To

Money in your pocket gets spent.  So set up a system that moves it where it should go before it gets spent.  

How To Move Money From Spending To Savings

How-To

It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

How-To

For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

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Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

How-To

It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

Learn More

There’s nothing wrong with borrowing – we all borrow to buy a house or a car – as long as you don’t borrow stupid.

Learn About Borrowing Smart

Calculator

Small changes can have a big impact.

Figure Out Where to Cut Spending

How-To

For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

How-To

Money in your pocket gets spent.  So set up a system that moves it where it should go before it gets spent.  

How To Move Money From Spending To Savings

Calculator

Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

Learn More

There’s nothing wrong with borrowing – we all borrow to buy a house or a car – as long as you don’t borrow stupid.

Learn About Borrowing Smart

How-To

For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

How-To

It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

How-To

Money in your pocket gets spent.  So set up a system that moves it where it should go before it gets spent.  

How To Move Money From Spending To Savings

Calculator

To 1) cut your payment, 2) pay it off faster, 3) get cash, or 4) switch to a fixed or adjustable rate loan.

Figure Out "If You Refinance ..."

Calculator

Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

How-To

For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

How-To

It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

Calculator

To 1) cut your payment, 2) pay it off faster, 3) get cash, or 4) switch to a fixed or adjustable rate loan.

Figure Out "If You Refinance ..."

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Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

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Get what you need, without out-living your savings.

Figure Out How to Get Income from Retirement Savings

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A reverse mortgage can provide cash or an income for life and allow you to stay in your home for the rest of your life.  But there are things you...

Learn About Reverse Mortgages

How-To

It’s often hard to know how much you’re spending – until you overspend.  So set up a system that puts you in control.

How To Manage Everyday Spending

Calculator

Small changes can have a big impact.

Figure Out Where to Cut Spending

Calculator

Know where your money goes, to spend smarter and live within your means.

Figure Out a Budget in 3 Minutes

Calculator

Small changes can have a big impact.

Figure Out Where to Cut Spending

Calculator

To 1) cut your payment, 2) pay it off faster, 3) get cash, or 4) switch to a fixed or adjustable rate loan.

Figure Out "If You Refinance ..."

How-To

For greater peace of mind & more to spend or save.   

How To Pay Down Debt

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A low-cost way to borrow using as collateral the equity in your home – the mortgage-free portion of the house you own.

Learn About Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit

Step 2

Prepare for the Unexpected

Results selected to help protect against life's unpleasant surprises.

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Uninsured medical expenses can bankrupt you. So at least have insurance that covers very large bills.

Learn About Medical Insurance

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Get a personal estimate in 6 minutes or less.

Figure Out How Much Life Insurance You Need

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The greatest challenge in retirement planning isn’t the math.  It’s our DNA.

Learn About Behavior That Can Ruin Retirement

How-To

If you don’t have a will, the court will distribute your property according to state laws.

How To Make a Will

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To protect yourself you need a reserve, usually about 2-4 months’ pay.

Figure Out a Reserve for Unemployment

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Long-term care in a nursing home is NOT covered by Medicare.

Learn About Long-Term Care

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To protect yourself you need a reserve, usually about 2-4 months’ pay.

Figure Out a Reserve for Unemployment

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Get a personal estimate in 6 minutes or less.

Figure Out How Much Life Insurance You Need

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Uninsured medical expenses can bankrupt you. So at least have insurance that covers very large bills.

Learn About Medical Insurance

How-To

If you don’t have a will, the court will distribute your property according to state laws.

How To Make a Will

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Disability insurance can keep you afloat if you’re unable to work.

Learn About Disability Insurance

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Long-term care in a nursing home is NOT covered by Medicare.

Learn About Long-Term Care

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To protect yourself you need a reserve, usually about 2-4 months’ pay.

Figure Out a Reserve for Unemployment

Calculator

Get a personal estimate in 6 minutes or less.

Figure Out How Much Life Insurance You Need

Learn More

A low-cost way to borrow using as collateral the equity in your home – the mortgage-free portion of the house you own.

Learn About Home Equity Loans & Lines of Credit

Learn More

Disability insurance can keep you afloat if you’re unable to work.

Learn About Disability Insurance

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Your family depends on the paychecks the breadwinners bring home.   So what would happen should a breadwinner die?

Learn About Life Insurance

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Your family depends on the paychecks the breadwinners bring home.   So what would happen should a breadwinner die?

Learn About Life Insurance

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To protect yourself you need a reserve, usually about 2-4 months’ pay.

Figure Out a Reserve for Unemployment

Learn More

Uninsured medical expenses can bankrupt you. So at least have insurance that covers very large bills.

Learn About Medical Insurance

How-To

If trust and expertise is what you want, here's how to find a planner that fits the bill.

How To Pick a Financial Planner

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Get a personal estimate in 6 minutes or less.

Figure Out How Much Life Insurance You Need

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Disability insurance can keep you afloat if you’re unable to work.

Learn About Disability Insurance

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Long-term care in a nursing home is NOT covered by Medicare.

Learn About Long-Term Care

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Life Annuities, like Social Security, send you a check each month as long as you live.

Learn About Life Annuities

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Retirees spend about 20% of their income on health care.  

Learn About Medical Expenses in Retirement

How-To

If you don’t have a will, the court will distribute your property according to state laws.

How To Make a Will

How-To

If trust and expertise is what you want, here's how to find a planner that fits the bill.

How To Pick a Financial Planner

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Social Security provides a basic retirement income.

Learn About Social Security

Step 3

Build a Better Tomorrow

Results selected to help with housing, retirement, investments, & debts.

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Retirement planner if you're approaching retirement.

Figure Out a Retirement Plan (if 50 or over)

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Social Security provides a basic retirement income.

Learn About Social Security

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It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

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Traditional pensions, which provide a monthly income as long as you live, are much less common today. But if you’re in a plan, or have a pension,...

Learn About Employer Pensions

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It usually makes sense to use savings to pay off the mortgage after you retire, but probably not before.

Learn About Paying Off the Mortgage

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401(k)s and 403(b)s are retirement savings plans with special tax benefits set up by employers, IRAs by individuals.

Learn About IRAs, 401(k)s, & 403(b)s

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A relatively safe way to invest in stocks, bonds, or other investments.

Learn About Mutual Funds

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It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

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Retirement planner if you're approaching retirement.

Figure Out a Retirement Plan (if 50 or over)

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The greatest challenge in retirement planning isn’t the math.  It’s our DNA.

Learn About Behavior That Can Ruin Retirement

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It usually makes sense to use savings to pay off the mortgage after you retire, but probably not before.

Learn About Paying Off the Mortgage

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A simple quiz to help you know where to get the best return on your savings.

Learn About The Best Return on Your Savings

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401(k)s and 403(b)s are retirement savings plans with special tax benefits set up by employers, IRAs by individuals.

Learn About IRAs, 401(k)s, & 403(b)s

Calculator

It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

Calculator

Eight in 10 Americans choose a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Should you?

Figure Out Your Best Mortgage

How-To

You need to show lenders that you and your home are good investments.

How to Get a Mortgage

How-To

To get a better loan and borrow on more favorable terms.

How To Improve Your Credit

How-To

You'll sign papers that make you responsible for the mortgage loan and monthly payment.  If buying, you'll also get title to the property.

How to Close on Your Mortgage

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Costs often run 3-8% of the loan amount.  Some can be split with the seller or lender.  Those you pay can often be rolled into the loan.

Learn About Mortgage Closing Costs

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Build a plan to get where you want to go.

Figure Out a Better Tomorrow

Calculator

It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

How-To

You need to show lenders that you and your home are good investments.

How to Get a Mortgage

Calculator

Eight in 10 Americans choose a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Should you?

Figure Out Your Best Mortgage

Learn More

A simple quiz to help you know where to get the best return on your savings.

Learn About The Best Return on Your Savings

Calculator

Build a plan to get where you want to go.

Figure Out a Better Tomorrow

Learn More

401(k)s and 403(b)s are retirement savings plans with special tax benefits set up by employers, IRAs by individuals.

Learn About IRAs, 401(k)s, & 403(b)s

Learn More

A simple quiz to help you know where to get the best return on your savings.

Learn About The Best Return on Your Savings

How-To

Banks, brokerages, and mutual fund companies offer IRAs. Choose the one with the products and services you want for the lowest fees.

How To Open An IRA Account

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A relatively safe way to invest in stocks, bonds, or other investments.

Learn About Mutual Funds

Calculator

It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

How-To

You can have your cake, eat it, or do a bit of both.

How To Use Your Savings in Retirement

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It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

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It usually makes sense to use savings to pay off the mortgage after you retire, but probably not before.

Learn About Paying Off the Mortgage

Learn More

A relatively safe way to invest in stocks, bonds, or other investments.

Learn About Mutual Funds

Learn More

A simple quiz to help you know where to get the best return on your savings.

Learn About The Best Return on Your Savings

Learn More

401(k)s and 403(b)s are retirement savings plans with special tax benefits set up by employers, IRAs by individuals.

Learn About IRAs, 401(k)s, & 403(b)s

Calculator

It changes what you own, what you owe, & your monthly expenses.

Figure Out How Moving Changes Your Finances

Calculator

Build a plan to get where you want to go.

Figure Out a Better Tomorrow

Calculator

Eight in 10 Americans choose a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Should you?

Figure Out Your Best Mortgage

How-To

You need to show lenders that you and your home are good investments.

How to Get a Mortgage

How-To

You'll sign papers that make you responsible for the mortgage loan and monthly payment.  If buying, you'll also get title to the property.

How to Close on Your Mortgage

Learn More

Costs often run 3-8% of the loan amount.  Some can be split with the seller or lender.  Those you pay can often be rolled into the loan.

Learn About Mortgage Closing Costs

Learn More

A simple quiz to help you know where to get the best return on your savings.

Learn About The Best Return on Your Savings

Learn More

401(k)s and 403(b)s are retirement savings plans with special tax benefits set up by employers, IRAs by individuals.

Learn About IRAs, 401(k)s, & 403(b)s

How-To

Banks, brokerages, and mutual fund companies offer IRAs. Choose the one with the products and services you want for the lowest fees.

How To Open An IRA Account