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Charlie’s Freebies

  Every week I scan the internet to find you free things. One of the many reasons why the...

8 Tips to Score the Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day

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What to Watch Out for When Getting a Personal Loan

What to Watch Out for When Getting a Personal Loan

  With fixed-terms and set monthly payments, a personal loan can be a more attractive option than a balance transfer for those who fear the temptation of a credit card. However, a personal loan isn’t without its potential pitfalls. You need to understand all the...

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Top 7 Banks That Have Free ATMs and ATM Refunds

Top 7 Banks That Have Free ATMs and ATM Refunds

  You might think that all banks are created equal, but being charged for withdrawing cash at an ATM can be incredibly frustrating. Even seemingly minor fees can add up to a lot of money over months and years of using ATMs. This article will cover some of the...

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How to Pick a Balance Transfer Card

How to Pick a Balance Transfer Card

  You now understand how a balance transfer works and the ways you can maximize the benefits without falling victim to a trap. Now it’s time for us to talk about how to actually go about picking your balance transfer credit card! It starts with finding a good...

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How Will a Balance Transfer Impact My Credit Score

How Will a Balance Transfer Impact My Credit Score

  When applying for a balance transfer credit card, it’s natural to fret a little -- or a lot -- about how this move will impact your credit score. And notice, I said “will” not “could” or “if” or “may”, because getting a new line of credit is definitely going to...

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Tricks and Traps of a Balance Transfer

Tricks and Traps of a Balance Transfer

  A balance transfer is one of the most efficient ways to slay credit card debt -- but that’s not profitable for the banks! Surprise, surprise, banks looooove when you pay oodles of money in interest. So even though banks allow you to transfer your balance and...

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12 Tips to Save Money on Car Rentals

12 Tips to Save Money on Car Rentals

  Sometimes renting a car is the perfect way to get around. Rentals are available on short notice, timing is flexible, and you can get whatever kind of ride you need. Even if you already own a car, renting wheels while you travel can be cheaper than driving to...

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How to Save Money For a Car: 9 Rules to Follow

How to Save Money For a Car: 9 Rules to Follow

  For many Americans, driving a car is a non-negotiable part of life. It’s necessary to get to work, shop for food, connect with friends and family, and more. But how should you financially prepare for such a large commitment? What steps should you take to ensure...

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12 Easy Ways to Save Money on Car Insurance

12 Easy Ways to Save Money on Car Insurance

  There’s no way around car insurance for most US drivers. It’s a significant cost that we all have to navigate. And even if you consider yourself a fairly savvy consumer, you might feel like you’re spending more than you need to. And you’re probably right! Most...

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7 Hacks to Pay Off your Car Loan Faster

7 Hacks to Pay Off your Car Loan Faster

  Buying a car can be exciting, but parking that shiny new vehicle in the driveway often comes with something less fun: an auto loan. Most Americans who purchase a new car, and many who buy used vehicles too, do so with the help of financing.  As cars get more...

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