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The Single Life is Thriving According to the IRS, Celebrate Your Choice to Be Single at Singles In The City

Taxes are due in less than a month.  As I was searching for tax information to share with you I stumbled on the fact that single Americans make up a majority of people that file taxes.  In fact, Ken and I were discussing the fact that some people refrain from getting married due to the changes that would occur when filing their taxes.

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Cloquet Police Department Warn: Don’t Fall Victim of a Fake Check Scam

It seems like every week I'm warning you of another scam to watch out for, sad isn't it!  Thanks to the Cloquet Police Department we can avoid falling victim to the latest scam which involves you, your money and a fake check.  Here's how it works:

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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Protects You with Identity Verification this Tax Season

Identity theft is always in the back of your mind.  Every time you're asked to give personal information whether it's at the bank, the grocery store, or to sign up for perks at your favorite coffeehouse.  The WI Department of Revenue is on it!  Taking extra steps this tax season to ensure you're protected.  If you file in WI, this is important information to have.

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Tired of Being Broke During the Holidays? The 52 Week Money Saving Challenge Makes Saving Easy for Next Year

The holidays always seem to be the time I realize that my skill of saving money sucks!  Then I panic and wonder if I'll be able to pay bills, get food and take care of the extra spending for presents, baking, decorations and other holiday costs.  My mom use to have a Christmas Club account, not sure if banks and financial institutions still offer that, but this easy saving chart can certain give you some direction so you have money to spend next holiday season.  Consider doing it and saving with me!

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Sharpen Your Financial Focus During the Holidays with a New Free Tool Offered By Lutheran Social Services

Everyone needs a little financial guidance especially when we start to spend a little more on holiday necessities.  Lutheran Social Services is bringing a new tool to the Duluth area that is free and can help you with your personal financial goals.

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Weatherization Assistance Available for Wisconsin Residents

I have already seen my heating bill begin to rise and it's only going to get worse as we dive into the winter months.  Any time I find the opportunity to apply for heating assistance or anything to help you save some money or keep the cost of your household utilities down, I share it with you.  This time, it benefits Wisconsin residents.  Pass it on to family and friends to see how much $$$ you can save!

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Bureau Of Engraving And Printing Prints New Anti-Counterfeit 100 Dollar Bills
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UW-Extension Highlights a Simple Way to Check Your Credit Report for Free

The UW-Extension office wants to make it easier to save money and improve your financial well-being.  They are continuing the  "Check Your Free Credit Report Campaign on June 6, 2013. This reminds people to view their three free reports each year on Feb. 2, June 6 and Oct. 10.  Here's how:

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Financial Planning: Where Do You Spend Each Dollar? You’ll Be Shocked!

This is my actual wallet.  It has $1 dollar in it, and a bunch of receipts.  That's why today my wife and I took a big step into adulthood:  we met with a financial adviser.  Some day we would like to retire, and that's kind of what I thought this would all be about.  I was surprised to learn that it's more than saving money for retirement.  It's also about having more money today.  What?  Is this freaking magic or something?

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Financially Stressed Older Adults May Smoke or Drink More — Health Check

A new study published in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs may have found a potential link between older adults, financial woes, and alcohol and tobacco usage.

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Men Find Being Frugal Ultra Sexy!

Time to find a summer romance?  Well based on a new survey it looks like being a bit frugal as a woman is a bit of a turn on for men.  So instead of looking at the tag on her shirt and saying, "I thought for sure it would say 'Made In Heaven'", I guess the new trend would be to say "What's your credit score?".   Needless to say this survey found distinct differences between the sexes.

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If You Weren’t Paranoid Before

Like most people, I've had my fun (or lack of it) with credit cards.  To be honest, when I was younger they did get the best of me.  It's easy to rack up debt and seemingly impossible to pay it off.  Then we get our pants scared off with an article like the one I read today and I'll share with you.

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