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AARP The Magazine Contest Winners

Posted by Diane H. Blackwelder on 29 December 2009

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Diane Blackwelder provided a financial plan for AARP The Magazine's Money Makeover contest winners, Peter and Carolyn Waters.  Watch the video and read the full story at AARP Magazine online.


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Energy Efficiency Could Be a Win-Win

Posted by Myles B. Brandt on 21 December 2009

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It's safe to say that most people could use a little break in their monthly expenses these days.  When investments go down in value, people focus on controlling what they can.  One thing you can control that can make a huge impact in your monthly expenses is energy efficiency in your home.  A small investment in improving energy efficiency can pay off big. Eco-Unit, an Energy Star Partner, offers a free evaluation of what you can do to make your house more energy efficient and can even tell you how much money you will likely save.  A few of the benefits:

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Safety Tips for Online Shopping

Posted by Diane H. Blackwelder on 9 December 2009

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Whether you shop online routinely or infrequently, it will help to follow some precautions this holiday season. The risk of identity theft rises as you offer more and more information about yourself online.

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Financing the Federal Debt

Posted by William C. Prewitt, M.S., CFP® on 4 December 2009

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The United States government is financing its more than trillion dollar a year borrowing with IOUs on terms that seem too good to be true. The New York Times article, Payback Time; Wave of Debt Pyaments Facing US Government, takes a deeper look at the situation.

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