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Choosing a bank that’s right for you

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(ARA) - The banking landscape has changed dramatically over the past year and a half. And whether you've been a banking customer for 30 years or are just looking to open your first account, you may find that choosing a bank - or knowing if you're with the r... More »

Layaway: It’s back and easier than ever to use

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(ARA) - In decades gone by, layaway was a staple for budget-conscious customers in retail stores across the country, but its popularity waned as credit cards became more available and consumers sought alternate finance methods to buy clothing and necessitie... More »

Smart online shopping tips to save Moms time and money

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(ARA) - Time is money - even if you're not a skilled worker on the clock or a corporate mogul who makes thousands of dollars an hour. These days, no one can afford to waste either time or money, especially busy mothers trying to balance the demands of carin... More »

Women’s finances: Embrace the power of the purse

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(ARA) - Every woman should have a healthy relationship with money, but the reality is that many women still heavily rely on men to handle their finances. Now is the time for women to break out of the traditional role and take action to gain financial indepe... More »

Cut college costs with 2010 tax breaks

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(ARA) - Financing a college education in the 21st century is no small feat. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees at a four-year private college for the 2009-2010 academic year was $26,273 and $7,020 for a four-year public uni... More »

The environmental benefits of soft water

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(ARA) - When you think of soft water, the first thing that probably comes to mind is lustrous, easy-to-manage hair. Another benefit is washing clothes in soft water leaves them softer and saves a significant amount of detergent. Best of all, when cleaning, ... More »