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Should I Give My Kid a Debit Card?

If you’re a parent of a teenage child, you might already be assigning them household chores or yardwork in exchange for an allowance. And if you earned an allowance when you were a kid, you probably got paid by your parents in cold, hard cash. But for today’s teens, times have changed. Today, cash isn’t king — plastic is.
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In Your 30s? This is How You Should Be Investing Your Money

By the age of 30, most people are out of college and well into their careers. Many have already experienced a job change, maybe a few promotions, and are finally feeling like they have extra cash to put into investments. But with so many investment options, where do you even start?
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Why Should I Get a Car Loan from a Bank Instead of a Dealership?

You’ve been looking at new cars, and you think you’ve found one you like. But before you even step foot inside the car dealership, do you have a plan for how to pay for that new car? You might not think that matters — after all, you can either get your car loan from your bank or from the dealer. There’s really no difference, right?
 
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Off to College? Here's How Much Spending Money Your Kid Needs their First Year

If your child is heading off to college soon, you’ve probably considered costs like tuition, housing, food and books. But have you considered your college student’s need for spending money? These are the one-off expenses like concert tickets, late-night pizza orders, or a university sweatshirt imprinted with the school mascot.

How Does a Small Business Use a Zero Balance Account?

If you’re a small business owner, it might feel counterintuitive to have a business checking account with the goal of keeping a $0 balance.But that’s actually the whole point of a Zero Balance Account: You use that dedicated checking account to fund a specific expense, such as payroll, departmental spending, petty cash, travel reimbursement, or any other business need. Funds are sent to a particular Zero Balance Account  only when necessary to cover checks or debits. At the end of every day, any money in the Zero Balance Account is transferred back to the primary account.

Small businesses often use these types of accounts because they help control finances, increase efficiency, and allow all funds to take advantage of higher interest rates.

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