Light it right—and save

Lighting is vital to your home decor. The light bulb you choose has a big impact on your utility bill. Learn which bulbs are excellent money-savers and how you can use motion sensors and natural light to save money and compliment your decorating style.

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Estimating medical costs for 2015:  Part 2 – Types of medical expenses for which you need to account

It’s annual benefit enrollment time for many Americans whose healthcare is provided by their employers. For many, that includes estimating out-of-pocket medical costs for the coming year to can make sure the contributions to your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) are as accurate as possible. Let's review a few of the foreseeable costs to consider when estimating your medical expenditures for next year.

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Estate Planning Basics

Having an estate plan will give your family a financial outline after you pass away or become disabled. Although there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” estate plan, learning what an estate plan entails may help you decide how to proceed to create yours.

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Estimating medical costs for 2015:  Part 1 – HSAs and FSAs

It’s annual benefit enrollment time for many Americans whose healthcare is provided by their employers. For many, that includes estimating out-of-pocket medical costs for the coming year to can make sure the contributions to your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) are as accurate as possible. In the first article of this two-part series, we review the difference between FSAs and HSAs and a few of the basics of contribution limits and options for each.

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Proper retirement planning: critical for women

A basic goal for retirement investing is to make sure you save enough to make your money last throughout your lifetime. But the longer life expectancy of women means they may need to save more than men, as a woman's money needs to last six years longer on average. Learn more about calculating your long-term financial needs and factors to consider in preparing for retirement.

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Preparing your home for winter

Now that it’s almost November, it’s time to get serious about preparing your home for the winter weather that is to come. We review a few steps you should take in the coming weeks to protect your home from winter damage and ensure that you and your family stay snug and warm until spring.

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Home prices barometer

U.S. home sale prices in August continue a 30-month trend in year-over-year increases, with August 2014 prices showing an increase of 6.4% nationwide compared to August of 2013, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index.

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