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To Give or Not to Give posted on Sep 18

  In the wake of a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or death of a community member, it is common to want to help those affected by tragedy.  Unfortunately, individuals and organizations attempt to take advantage of generous consumers by posing as phony charities to steal   …Continue Reading To Give or Not to Give

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College Credit posted on Sep 14

College Credit

  One common acquisition of many incoming college students is a personal credit card.  For some, a first credit card is a sign of independence and autonomy of one’s finances; for others, it’s only to be used in the event of an emergency or to   …Continue Reading College Credit

Make Sure Your Kids are Playing Video Games Responsibly posted on Sep 11

Make Sure Your Kids are Playing Video Games Responsibly

  Video games are a popular use of time among children and adults. They test skill, encourage friendly competition, can provide a workout, and they’re fun. And whereas video games of the past required all players to use a controller connected to the gaming console,   …Continue Reading Make Sure Your Kids are Playing Video Games Responsibly

September is College Savings Month posted on Sep 5

September is College Savings Month

It is no hidden fact that US colleges are painfully expensive, often dangling students on strings of student loan payments and scholarship maintenance.  In recognition of this unavoidable difficulty, September has been deemed College Savings Month.  For that, we have compiled a list of saving-savvy   …Continue Reading September is College Savings Month

Back to School Shopping: The Best Ways to Save posted on Aug 30

Back to School Shopping: The Best Ways to Save

  It’s that time of year again. Labor Day doesn’t just celebrate the labor movement and the contributions of America’s working class. It also signifies the end of summer, and with that, the return to school for many students and teachers across the state. A   …Continue Reading Back to School Shopping: The Best Ways to Save

Applying for a Part-Time Scam posted on Aug 20

Applying for a Part-Time Scam

  Many college students choose to take on part-time jobs to help offset the cost of tuition and everyday living expenses. While anxious to make money as fast and as easily as possible, students should be cautious and learn to identify a fake job offer   …Continue Reading Applying for a Part-Time Scam