The Money Mentor Blog

The Money Mentor Blog
2/16/16  Up Your Security IQ
How to best protect your identity in the new year

The risk of identity theft is all around us. Whether you’re sharing your personal information at the doctor’s office, swiping your debit card at a big-box retailer or simply throwing away your bills without shredding them, it’s possible for your sensitive data to fall into the wrong hands. Learn how to stay safe.

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2/12/16  Up Your Security IQ
Identity thieves want your tax refund. Here’s how to protect yourself.

Preparing one’s taxes can be stressful. Now, there’s the added stress of having to avoid tax refund fraud. Increasingly, scammers are finding ways to steal Social Security numbers to file fraudulent returns and receive other people’s refunds. Learn steps to prevent falling prey to tax refund fraud and what to do if you are victimized.

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2/9/16  Career & EducationCredit 101Getting Out of DebtHousingSavings & Retirement
Three ways student loans can impact your life after graduation

A full 45 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 who have student loans have put off a major life event because of their debt. That includes things like buying a house, saving for retirement, even buying a car — all because they’re worried they can’t afford it.

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1/21/16  Savings & Retirement
What’s the best way to plan for early retirement?

Retiring in your 40s, 50s or early 60s may sound enticing, but it typically requires years of planning and extreme discipline. If you’re hoping to pull off the great escape of early retirement, keep these tips in mind.

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12/28/15  
Four great money moves to make before the year ends

It always pays to keep an eye on your finances, but taking time at the end of each year to assess where you stand can help you start the next year off on the right financial foot.

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12/22/15  Smart Spending Tips
Tips and tricks to use up your FSA contributions by year-end

Did you have lower than expected medical expenses in 2015 and now have use-it-or-lose-it money left in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? If so, we've got some great ideas on how you can use up those dollars. 

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