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Let’s be honest: financial planning can be confusing, stressful, and just plain boring. But when you focus on the kind of life you want—the goals, needs, and dreams you have for yourself and your family—your decisions about money get a lot easier. We’re here to help you explore the financial topics that matter to your life.

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Photo of a dog whose owner could afford to pay for their surgery because they had an emergency fund.

Would a $500 expense throw off your budget in a big way? If the answer is yes, you need to set up an emergency fund.

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Photo of a man who created a savings strategy to afford splurging on a bike.

The occasional splurge is normal and healthy. Here are some strategies to buy what you really want. Without the guilt. Without busting your budget.

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Photo of a man and a woman plugging in their electric vehicle.

A little tax planning now can go a long way toward helping you keep more of your money next year. Learn about potential savings from tax credits and deductions.

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Photo of Sri Reddy who has tips about love and money from his own experience.

A little practical knowledge for your kids, starting early in their lives, could pay big dividends for their budgets and romantic happiness in adulthood. 

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Woman who is creating a budget to determine how to fund her financial goals.

So you’ve set your financial goals. Now look at your budget to see if you can find more money to put toward those goals. (Check back each month for your next step to creating a financial plan.)

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Woman writing down important financial dates in her calendar.

If you’re like most, calendars tend to fill up fast. Here’s a few important dates that you may want to add to your 2019 reminders. 

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