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Dec 24, 2017
Tax Benefits of Charitable Contributions Are Changing
Give More This Year
Your contribution to your favorite charity may produce a larger tax deduction in 2017 than in future years. So if you plan to give money to any charity next year, consider doing it this year instead. In fact, due to a much larger personal deduction on your taxes next year, you probably will not itemize any contributions, and therefore receive no tax benefit for contributions in the future. More info...

Dec 15, 2017
How to throttle down on car costs and save thousands
USA Today
It's common knowledge that driving aggressively can dent gas mileage, but it's difficult to determine exactly how much gas drivers waste. A new ORNL study has quantified the impact speeding and slamming on the brakes has on fuel economy. Jenny Woodbery/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy More info...

Dec 15, 2017
These were Americans' top 10 financial blunders in 2017
Maurie Backman
We all make money-related mistakes, and this past year was no exception. Without further ado, here were Americans' top 10 financial mishaps in 2017: :

Not saving enough.
Accumulating too much credit card debt.
Taking on more general debt.
Not budgeting properly.
Not saving for retirement.
Failing to invest.
Tapping an emergency fund.
Borrowing from a 401(k).
Investing at the wrong time. More info...

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