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What to Do If You Don’t Have Your W-2 Form

Filing your taxes is stressful enough. The last thing you need is for the keystone document you need for the whole process to go forward to suddenly turn up missing. If this is the case for you, don’t worry. It’s such a common problem, it’s basically the entire reason why the deadline is in the middle of April:  you might need all that time to get things sorted out. We have good news and bad news. The good news is whether your employer lost it, the post office lost it, or if you yourself lost it, the process for...

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How to Save Money This New Year’s Eve

The year is almost over and you want to go out with a bang. However, you don’t want the contents of your bank account to go away with it. It might seem like your only options are to literally go broke this New Year’s Eve or go nowhere at all and sit alone at home. Don’t worry, this is a false dilemma; you can have fun as this year gives way to the next without waking up to an empty wallet in January. For the Partygoers You’ve made up your mind:  you’re going out this NYE no matter what....

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Does Your State Have Programs to Help Veterans Buy and Repair Homes?

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs famously has programs to assist veterans with homeownership, both to purchase and maintain one. While this is an invaluable resource to many, some veterans simply don’t like dealing with the VA. If they want those loans and grants, however, they often think they don’t have a choice. Depending on where they live, they may have another choice – or more than one choice in many areas, actually. More than half of the states have their own programs that offer loans and grants to veterans seeking homeownership. Some even have programs to help...

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Why You Should Vote in Local Elections

It doesn’t matter when you’re reading this; there may or may not be a local election day coming up in your area. At the time of this writing, there are elections in some areas coming up in a few days, but not in others. Then there will be elections in some areas a few weeks after that. Then there will be more elections in still other places about a month from now. But even if you’re reading this on the other side of the calendar from us, there may be a municipal poll coming up that you didn’t even...

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Figuring Out Affordable Halloween Costumes as a Parent

When Halloween rolls around, parents see it as another thing that’s going to drain their wallets. You need to buy a bunch of candy to pass out to strange children, only to also need to arrange an elaborate costume for your child so they can go demand candy from other people. It’s frustrating, but our parents did it for us, so we might as well do it for our own children. But stop right there. The candy part might be an unavoidable cost (unless you want all the kids in the neighborhood to hate you, which you don’t), but...

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