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New Benefits and Insurance Options You Can Expect in 2018
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(StatePoint) Ever wondered whether your insurance policy was actually working for you? You may be in luck, as your insurance plan may start to follow the same trends being adopted in other industries: simpler, more convenient and personalized products – all supported by the latest mobile technology.

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How to Find an Affordable Home in Today’s Market
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(StatePoint) Affordable housing is in high demand in cities and counties nationwide. Experts say that areas grappling with affordable housing issues may find factory-built homes to be a powerful tool in addressing this need.

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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Office for Greater Productivity
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(StatePoint) If you work from home, you likely spend a lot of time in your home office, which makes its design just as important as the rest of your home. If it’s not up to par, it’s time to bring new life to the space.

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3 Reasons to Consider Refinancing Your Auto Loan
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(StatePoint) Most people know they can refinance their mortgage, but less than half are aware that they can also refinance their auto loan, according to a study by Harris Poll for Ally Financial. It’s a simple task that could reduce your car payments by about $1,300 a year.

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Top Tips for Staying Connected While In-Flight
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(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.

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How to Talk Money With Your College Student on Break
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(StatePoint) While college students earn their degrees, paving the way for future success in their chosen fields, they should also be paving the way for a healthy financial future.

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How Much Will This Holiday Season Cost You?
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(StatePoint) According to one festive and fun annual economic indicator, the cost of this holiday season for shoppers is not expected to rise a significant amount over last year.

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How to Be More Creative in the New Year
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 (StatePoint) Those with creative or artistic aspirations know that consistently staying motivated and inspired is easier said than done.

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How to Cut Through the Chaos and Stay Organized in the New Year
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(StatePoint) Want to be better organized this year? From making and keeping appointments, to completing your to-do list, there’s no reason to get overwhelmed. Try these tips and tools for a more organized 2018, no matter how much chaos is thrown at you.

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Are You Financially Prepared for an Emergency or Natural Disaster?
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(StatePoint) Being financially prepared for an emergency or natural disaster is about more than just having savings set aside. Having access to critical personal and financial information will help you on the road to recovery.

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Men and Women: A Different Outlook on Work and Cancer
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(StatePoint) The challenges surrounding life with cancer, particularly in the workplace, are complex, and new findings show that male and female experiences can differ. In a recent survey commissioned by Cancer and Careers and conducted by Harris Poll, more women than men say they need to work for financial reasons and employed women were more likely to feel they had no choice but to work during their cancer treatment. The survey also found women are more likely to be concerned about health insurance. 

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How to Find the Right Home Mortgage So You Don’t Overpay
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(StatePoint) Ample bedrooms and bathrooms? Check. A roomy kitchen? Check. A nice-sized backyard, storage space in the attic and just the right amount of curb appeal? Check, check and check.

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Tips to Repay Student Loans as Quickly and Affordably as Possible
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(StatePoint) College students who borrow to pay for school typically don’t have to start repaying their student loans until six months after leaving school. But when it does come time to start making loan payments, you may find yourself stressing out about the additional monthly expense.

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5 Things to Know this Benefits Enrollment Season
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(StatePoint) Benefits open enrollment season can be a confusing time for many employees. But rather than make decisions you don’t feel confident about, take a bit of extra time to become better informed. Luckily, these days, there is a wealth of resources available online, and getting your questions answered is easier than ever, according to experts.

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Alternative Ways to Make College More Affordable
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(StatePoint) A college education is one of the largest expenses you’re likely to have in your lifetime, second only to buying a home. Unfortunately, the cost has increased dramatically in recent years.

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Weatherization 101: 4 Ways to Get a Warmer Home this Winter
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(StatePoint) Dreading the cold drafts and rising heating bills that come with winter? You’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in homes that need to be weatherized to improve heating efficiency and maximize comfort, but many still don’t take the time to do so, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll for Duck brand.

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How to Pick a Retirement Account
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re starting your career, approaching retirement or you’re somewhere in between, it’s important to understand the various options available to help you reach your retirement goals.

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How to Save on Mobile Devices this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) Holiday spending is expected to rise this year over last, according to the National Retail Federation. While you may be budgeting for a more expensive season in some ways, keep in mind that when upgrading mobile devices for yourself or loved ones, you don’t necessarily need to go brand new and pay a premium.

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5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re hosting or just trying to get into the holiday spirit, preparing your home doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive.

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Holiday Budgeting Tips for Savvy Consumers
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(StatePoint) Sticking to one’s budget is important all year long, but doing so during the holiday season can be especially tricky, when expenses run high and festive cheer makes it difficult to put the brakes on over-spending.

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Tips to Avoid Scams After Storms and Natural Disasters
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(StatePoint) As if the damage from a natural disaster isn’t enough, consumers trying to rebuild after a natural disaster often face a different danger: a flood of fly-by-night contractors -- ultimately raising the risks of sub-par repair work and outright scams.

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How to Get More out of Your Smartphone
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(StatePoint) You could have the swankiest smartphone with all the latest features, but without some strategizing, it could feel like you’re carrying around a very expensive brick.

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Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Differences for Children with Cancer
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(StatePoint) When it comes to helping children with cancer, amazing new things are possible -- as long as there is funding. And it’s not just doctors and researchers who can make a difference, it can be anyone volunteering at their local hospital, planning fundraisers, or simply just spreading the word – all paving the way for a brighter future for children with cancer.  

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Financial Aid Season for College Students is Here: What to Know
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(StatePoint) It’s not only football season. For current and incoming college students, it’s financial aid season, too, and that means completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be the first step families take in the planning-for-college process; it’s used by schools to put together financial aid packages, states use it to determine eligibility for state aid, and some scholarships require it as part of their applications.

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How to Save Time and Money this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) From decking the halls to hosting the perfect party, holiday-time expenses can add up quickly.

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer
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(StatePoint) Amid the merriment of the holiday season is a hard reality -- nearly six in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to afford an unexpected expense like a $500 car repair or $1000 emergency room bill, according to a Bank survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associations International.

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Will You Be Able to Afford an Unexpected Health Crisis?
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(StatePoint) Young people may not give much thought to the cost of an unexpected crisis, particularly when it comes to serious accidents or illnesses. Should an emergency occur, you don’t want to be caught off guard and have to cut back on other essentials or miss out on those special experiences that bring a smile to your face.

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4 Things Vets and Service Members Need to Know When Buying a Home
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(StatePoint) If you’re a veteran, reservist or active duty service member, it’s important to know that there are special benefits you may be eligible for when buying a home.

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Steps to Save Energy in Your Home
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(StatePoint) Reducing your energy use at home is a win-win for your wallet and the planet. Not only can it save you money on your bills now, but it could also improve your home’s resale value, if you know which steps to take.

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Are You Carrying the Right Credit Card for Your Financial Goals?
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(StatePoint) If you’ve ever been confused by how to find the right credit card, you’re not alone. A recent national survey found that consumers are overwhelmed by the many credit card offers they receive, and find the process of selecting the right card difficult to navigate.

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Ready for a New Phone? How to Tell if it’s Time to Switch Your Wireless Provider
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(StatePoint) When you’re buying a new phone, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s time to break up with your current wireless provider and move on. Doing so might save you money and offer you more convenience and better service.

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5 Home Maintenance Projects Everyone Should Tackle
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(StatePoint) If you’ve been putting off chores, you’re not alone, but it could cost you. In fact, a national survey from Erie Insurance shows many Americans are putting themselves and their homes at financial risk by delaying important home maintenance tasks.

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Yesterday's Factories Could Be Tomorrow's Offices and Homes
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(StatePoint) To counter generic new construction projects, many cities and towns are converting older structures into vibrant tech offices, loft-style residences and even art institutions -- a process known as “adaptive reuse.”

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How to Optimize Your Home Office
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(StatePoint) The old 9-to-5 isn’t what it used to be. As more companies embrace telecommuting, a growing number of employees are finding that even in the professional realm, there’s no place like home.

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What You Should Know Before Buying or Leasing a Vehicle
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(StatePoint) Buying or leasing a new car? Whether this is your first time or you’ve done this before, there are more choices than ever when it comes to makes and models of vehicles, and financing options for securing one.

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Why More Americans Should be Talking about Retirement
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(StatePoint) More than half of Gen X-ers and 40 percent of Baby Boomers have never given advice to their children about planning for retirement, according to a new study from North American Company for Life and Health Insurance.

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Wireless Tips for Boomers
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(StatePoint) There are currently more than 93 million Americans in the U.S. over age 55, according to Census data, and the vast majority (74 percent) of them have a smartphone. And that number keeps growing.

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10 Ways to Add Colorful Curb Appeal to Your Home
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(StatePoint) Want to give your home a dash of curb appeal? Focus on color, say experts.

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Families are Getting Savvier Paying for College
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(StatePoint) College costs may be on the rise, but families are as determined as ever to make higher education a reality for their children. What’s more, families are becoming savvier about how they meet the expense, suggests a new study.

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3 Unexpected Things That Can Help Small Businesses Thrive
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(StatePoint) With most Americans employed by small businesses, the success of these operations is crucial to drive the economy and grow the job market. But there are some obvious and not so obvious factors that can help small business owners and their employees thrive.

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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics.

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Top Down Tips for Enhancing Your Home’s Curb Appeal
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(StatePoint) The power of curb appeal should not be underestimated. A whopping 99 percent of National Association of Realtors members believe it’s important in attracting a buyer.

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Purpose Beats Perks in Workplace Satisfaction
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(StatePoint) New research shows that happiness abounds for those working at small businesses. Indeed, 75 percent of small-business employees are either very or extremely satisfied working for a small business, according to the study conducted by Aflac.

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Tips to Furnish Your New Home on a Budget
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(StatePoint) Moving into your first apartment? Ease the transition and save money in the process by helping decorate personal spaces using these DIY tricks. Instead of buying new, you can turn used furniture into stunning and sophisticated statement pieces.

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Three Simple Steps that Can Help You Achieve Your Financial Goals
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(StatePoint) Americans have mixed emotions around financial planning, a new study suggests. But setting specific goals can help you achieve the financial outcomes you want. Forty-eight percent of individuals with specific financial goals say they expect to be in a much better place in the next four years, versus only 12 percent of those without goals.

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Tips to Upgrade Devices on a Student Budget
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(StatePoint) The busy lives of students can often mean a frequent need to upgrade tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. However, while you’re busy paying for books, student fees and other education-related expenses, these costs don’t have to be a burden.

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Top Car Buying Tips for Young Drivers
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(StatePoint) Young people and students on the hunt for what may be their first car should now that there are many factors to consider beyond budget, and experts say this can be a difficult process to navigate.

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Tips for Moving Away from Home for the First Time
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(StatePoint) Moving into your own place is a milestone that makes you feel like a grown-up. Before you sign that lease for your first apartment, here are some important tips to consider:

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Updates to Transform Your New House into Your Dream Home
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(StatePoint) Congratulations, you’ve purchased a home! Now what? You’ve saved a million ideas on Pinterest and you’re ready to start making improvements. But how do you prioritize to make the most of your money? Consider these simple upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home.

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Job Hunting? 5 Reasons to Consider Using a Staffing Agency
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(StatePoint) If you’re an active job seeker or simply looking to expand your career horizons, many experts say that in today’s market, working with a recruiter can give you a substantial leg-up.

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5 Tips for Balancing Family, Work and Education
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(StatePoint) It’s an age-old conundrum. To advance professionally, often one must go back to school. However, earning a degree might seem like an insurmountable challenge because of the demands of a current job.

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