The Money Mentor Blog
8/15/14  HousingSmart Spending Tips
Eight tips on buying a rug

Are you in the market for buying a rug? Rugs add color, comfort and style to a room. Learn eight rules of thumb to use in buying the right rug for your room. 

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8/15/14  HousingSmart Spending Tips
Home improvements that increase your home value most

Wondering what you can do to increase the value of your home? Check out this analysis of the home improvement projects that can give the biggest boost to the resale value of your home.

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8/14/14  Up Your Security IQ
Bitcoin update: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau weighs in

On Monday, August 11, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a consumer advisory about the risks of virtual currencies like bitcoin.

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8/7/14  Savings & RetirementSmart Spending Tips
Did vacation blow your budget to bits?

If you spent more than you planned on your vacation this summer – or even if you just eat out more now because of your hectic schedule of work and little league games – now is the time to sit down and reassess your budget. It’s not too late to get back on track financially!

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8/6/14  Up Your Security IQ
Tips to Safeguard Your Digital Credentials

In light of the news this week that Russian Hackers have amassed some 1.2 billion internet usernames and passwords, we thought it would be a good time to review some best practices for safeguarding your own online credentials

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8/1/14  Credit 101Up Your Security IQ
Traveling outside the U.S.? Take along an EMV chip credit card

More than 2.36 billion people use EMV chip-enabled credit cards. Learn why these cards are becoming the norm worldwide, how you may encounter trouble paying for purchases outside the U.S. without one – and how to request your own EMV smartcard from Alliant today.

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