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Is Unlimited Data Worth It?

family using smartphonesQ: I’m shopping for a new phone plan for my family. Is an unlimited data plan a good option?

A: On paper, unlimited data seems like a great deal. You can use your smartphone as much as you want and you’ll never be charged for overages. Something about the word “unlimited” makes the plan seem more valuable. You’ll never have to worry about exceeding your data caps again.

Beware of the Fake Tax Form Scam

w-2 form, glasses, money, penTax season is a confusing time. In the midst of a paperwork blizzard, it seems that everyone needs triplicate copies of every document. It’s not unusual for someone to lose a copy of an important document and need it to be re-issued. Of course, everyone’s busy enough that no one wants to double check.

Best Times to Buy

Young people on devices shoppingWhen you’re mulling over a major purchase, the right price can often tip the scales. If you’re patient, willing to research and time your buys just right, you can save quite a bit of green. Here are the best things to buy during each month for the rest of the year!

How To Respond To ‘Can You Hear Me?’

Woman using smart phone and holding coffee“Can you hear me now?” is the once-popular tagline of Verizon commercials, but it’s also the headline of a new scam. Scammers making robocalls will ask some innocuous question. Once the targeted person says “yes,” a recording is made of the response and it is used to sign up the target for unwanted, expensive services. It’s a scheme that’s been targeted at businesses before, but it has now shifted targeting to individual consumers across the country.

Home Shows

Home and Garden ShowEmbarking on home improvement and renovation projects can be exciting – and intimidating. To get inspired, you might spend weeks reading home magazines, making the rounds to home improvement stores and searching the Internet. Or you might spend a day going to a home show.

Rising Interest Rates: What Do They Mean For You?

Man holding SignIf you read financial headlines, you’ve no doubt seen the news that the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates. These headlines can be accompanied with all sorts of hyperbole about the end of the stock market, the boom of bonds or any of a dozen other possible predictions. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when there’s this much information and so much of it is conflicting. Let’s set the record straight on what rising prime interest rates mean for you.

Don’t Bet Your Retirement on an 8% Return

Paying the Piggy BankIf there’s one lesson in investing, it’s that time in the market matters. The longer you leave your capital alone, the more it can grow. If past growth rates continue, the time you leave your savings alone is more important than how much you save.

Apple Pay, Tokenization and Security: How to Stay Safe with the Wallet of the Future

Paying with Apple PayWhether you love Apple’s user-friendly and reliable products or hate the price tag and the status symbolism they represent, you’ve got to admit: The company knows business. Apple saw the future of finance and the future of technology rapidly merging and figured out a way to cash in on it. The iPhone 6 and newer phones come with a new technology that’s set to change the way you pay for things. They’re capitalizing on that technology with a payment system of their own: Apple Pay.

What to Do After Getting a Raise

Money Burning a Hole in a PocketQ: This is the year I finally got that raise! What should I do with the extra money?

A: Beyond the money, getting a raise is a rewarding recognition that the work you’re doing for your employer is valued. It means you’re on the right path in your career. This should be one of many such events in your life where your hard work and dedication finally pay off.

Going from New Homeowner to Happy Home: Tips for Recent Homebuyers

Handing over cash for keys inside beautiful homeBuying your first home is a major milestone. There’s nothing quite like the giddy rush that comes from knowing you could paint a wall fluorescent pink or cover the cabinets in peanut butter and no one could legally stop you. You’ve also got a new and quite big investment you need to maintain. Weighing the freedom against the responsibility is a delicate balancing act, and doing it successfully is part of what being a homeowner is all about.

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