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How to get the lowest mortgage rates possible

Holly Johnson •
The Simple Dollar

When it comes to financing your home, a basic understanding of certain financial principles will help you get the lowest mortgage rates. For example, you should know that your credit score might determine what kind of mortgage rate you qualify for. Also, it’s crucial to understand the different types of mortgages available, what their drawbacks

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8 great sites to help your kids learn about money

Wisebread.com and Ashley Eneriz •
Kiplinger

Teaching your children about money is an important, yet often overlooked area of education. Most kids will not want to sit through a lecture about credit card usage and budgeting practices, but they might be more willing to listen to interactive videos and games. These sites make learning about money and money management fun and

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3 big reasons it costs more to be poor

Drew Housman •
The Simple Dollar

While even high-earning Americans often struggle with money, making ends meet is particularly difficult for the poor. Americans in the lowest income bracket spend an astonishing 182% of their income. No, that’s not a misprint. The poorest people spend a lot more than they earn, often going into debt or depleting savings to make up the difference.  You don’t have

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Renter’s guide: Sealing the deal

Wintrust

You’ve been searching night and day for a two-bedroom palace to call your own. Then, you finally stumble across the apartment that’s right for you. Now, what? Whether you’re a first-time or long-time renter, here are a few tips that can help you before you commit. Show me the money. First things first: figure out

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