Count the Cost of Convenience

Restaurant food delivery. Delis. Prepackaged grocery store meals. It’s easy to choose options that save time or reduce effort, especially when you’re in a rush or exhausted at the end of a long workday. But relying too much on conveniences may hurt your budget.

Here are three ways choosing convenience can affect your finances.

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Don’t Get Stung by Banking Fees

Banking fees have a tendency to buzz around your finances, waiting to sting when you least expect it. At least that’s how it seems. Whether you have a single bank account or multiple credit cards, incurring fees can swell your spending and weaken your budget. But preventive measures can keep them at bay.

Here are four standard banking fees and tips to repel them.

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Do’s and Don’ts to Manage Your Finances During a Recession

A recession can lead to economic setbacks for consumers, including a job loss or reduced income, higher prices on everyday goods and services and lower returns on investments. While most economists don’t think we’re in a recession yet,1 inflationary prices and rising interest rates have many worried about how best to manage their finances.

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Tips to Save for Emergencies and Your Future

If you feel like you could do more to improve your saving and investing habits, or don’t know how to get started, here are some tips to help. Financial experts agree that there are two important things to focus on: start and contribute regularly to an emergency fund and contribute at least 10% of your paycheck to a retirement account.

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