Between gathering the necessary paperwork and working through complicated scenarios, tax season can be a stressful time. You’ve worked hard throughout the year, and you want to be sure you’re taking the right measures to get the maximum amount back on your return. Achieving this, however, takes diligence and research.

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Creating a will should be the first step in a comprehensive estate planning process as it gives you the opportunity to make sure your wishes are carried out after you’re gone. Typically, the cost of preparing a basic will is a few hundred dollars. For many people, it only takes a day or two to draw up the will and protect their beneficiaries. In contrast, if you don’t create a will, the state will typically decide how to distribute your property. However, laws and details vary greatly from state to state and are based on your marital and familial status.

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Shopping and scoring great deals can be a wonderful feeling. However, online shopping can be dangerous for your financial plan and your wallet if you aren’t cautious. If you prefer to shop online in the comfort of your own home, make sure you find the best deals to get more bang for your buck with these seven helpful online shopping tips we’ve uncovered.

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Opening up and starting conversations about how to handle money and finances with your kids may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. As a parent, it is your role to serve as a positive influence in their lives to get them on the right financial track. Here are five things to consider as you embark on helping your children understand the importance of being responsible with their finances.

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Your 30s and 40s can really sneak up on you in terms of your finances. One day you’re living footloose and fancy-free as a 20-year-old and the next day everyone is asking you why you haven’t gotten around to opening up a 401(k) yet. Thankfully, saving money doesn’t necessarily have to be a difficult or perplexing enigma you have to solve immediately.

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Saving money is one of the most important things that you can do to protect yourself in the event of an emergency or loss of employment. Unfortunately due to growing costs of monthly bills, saving often gets put on the back burner. If you find yourself having difficulty putting away money for when you need it most, or to save for your future goals, try the tips listed below.

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Whether you are newlyweds, or you’ve been together for decades, money and how it’s handled can often play an important role in your overall happiness and satisfaction in the relationship. But when there’s income inequality brought into the picture, couples can experience an unexpected strain on their partnership.

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Life can be expensive. This is just a simple fact when you add up all your monthly expenses versus your income. Your biggest expenses are obviously going to be your rent or mortgage, car payment, insurance, utilities, and grocery bills. You may even have student loans you are still paying off. That doesn’t even include all the fun stuff you want in life like that daily coffee run or a new pair of shoes. When you are living on a single income it can be easy to let your wants and needs eclipse what you are making at your job salary-wise.

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Life can be expensive. This is just a simple fact when you add up all your monthly expenses versus your income. Your biggest expenses are obviously going to be your rent or mortgage, car payment, insurance, utilities, and grocery bills. You may even have student loans you are still paying off. That doesn’t even include all the fun stuff you want in life like that daily coffee run or a new pair of shoes. When you are living on a single income it can be easy to let your wants and needs eclipse what you are making at your job salary-wise.

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As mothers, sisters and daughters, women are often counted on to be caregivers for family members in need. Whether it’s something as small as a cold or as debilitating as a terminal illness, women are typically the ones to care for and help out when a loved one is sick. But what happens when the caregiver is in need of her own care?

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Are you a part of the sandwich generation? Not sure what that even means? The sandwich generation is defined as people usually in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who have children to take care of but also hold the responsibility of looking after their aging parents as well. It’s a complicated situation to be in. To qualify to be a part of the sandwich generation, you need to have a parent older than 65 and children younger than 18-years-old.

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There’s no question that finances are complex enough as it is. Add a new marriage to the mix, and things can get a bit hairy. According to Winning Stepfamilies, approximately 65 percent of new marriages in the U.S. involve children.1 And as we all know, children can add a substantial financial responsibility to our plates. If not handled strategically, managing bills with both your new partner and your ex-partner can create a tangled web that can impact children. And oftentimes, there’s more than one set involved. The U.S. Census Bureau found that about 70 percent of remarried couples have children.2

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Lifestyle creep is something that’s simple to define, easy to see, yet hard to avoid. Especially prevalent amongst young professionals, lifestyle creep is a hurdle many face in saving for their short- and long-term goals, like retirement. Below we’ll discuss what exactly lifestyle creep is and four ways you can work to avoid it.

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