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How to deal with huge medical bills

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar
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A report from the American Journal of Medicine shared some sad statistics about the state of American medical care and medical bankruptcies: A 2009 study revealed that 62.1% of U.S. bankruptcies had a medical cause that year. That figure is in stark contrast to 1981, when only 8% of bankruptcies listed medical debt as a root

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Remaining frugal as your income grows

Trent Hamm •
The Simple Dollar
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Like many people, I spent my college years being extremely frugal. I did all kinds of things in college to save money. I ate absurd amounts of ramen noodles, as it was an extremely cheap form of calories. I lived in a tiny apartment with as many as seven other people to get rent well

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A new iTunes IRS Scam

Wintrust
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An apple a day keeps the scammer away! A new scheme has been on the loose, so don’t fall for it. Cybercriminals are posing as IRS agents confusing unsuspecting people and threatening that they have unpaid taxes. These criminals tell victims that they face late penalties and will be persecuted unless they comply. What makes

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How to just say no to binge spending

CFP®, Blue Ocean Global Wealth, Marguerita M. Cheng, and CEO •
Kiplinger
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A client recently confided in me, expressing concern over her mother’s string of bad luck. Her mom was distraught over learning that her two-day hospital day was denied by her insurance. In addition, she had a bug problem and her landlord forced her to pay half of the cost for an exterminator. While she knew

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4 ways to map out your retirement journey

Fortune Financial Group, president, and Christopher Scalese •
Kiplinger
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From technical glitches on the New York Stock Exchange to economic turmoil in Greece, in today’s information era of 24-hour news cycles, it can be easy to let emotions seep into your investment decisions. As you approach and transition into retirement, buy-and-hold waiting games in times of double-digit fluctuations can be scary and impractical. The

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8 ways to prevent smartphone data breaches

Arlington Capital Management, Investment Adviser Representative, Justin J. Kumar, and Senior Portfolio Manager •
Kiplinger
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Your phone is essentially a one-stop shop for your data and, if stolen or exposed to identity thieves, can compromise your identity and financial accounts. People are using smartphones for more of their digital needs, but even if you don’t use mobile banking or financial apps, your phone could store sensitive data from online shopping,

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