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What to Do If Your Vehicle Has a Recall

Has your car been recalled? According to NHTSA, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls in 2017. A total of more than 30 million vehicles were affected by recalls, but a quarter of them were never fixed. That leaves about 7.5 million faulty vehicles on the road.

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Tips for Holiday Shopping on a Budget

‘Tis the season for giving – but too much giving can put a serious strain on your wallet. Don’t spend the new year deep in debt. Follow these 10 tips to keep your holiday shopping within your budget.

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How to Weigh Your Childcare Options

Evaluating your childcare options? It’s not easy. In fact, choosing appropriate childcare is one of the most stressful decisions parents face. Below, you’ll find key factors to consider, a list of your options and some insightful tips to help you through the selection process.

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Insurance Guide for Hurricane Season

Homeowners insurance is an essential tool to help you manage risk. However, it is only the beginning of the coverage you need during hurricane season (June 1-November 30).

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The Dos and Don'ts of Surviving an Apartment Fire

The fire alarm goes off. You assume it’s a false alarm until you notice smoke. Your apartment building is on fire. Do you know what to do? 

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Hurricane Season Is Here: Stock Up on These Essentials

It’s hurricane season in Hawaii. Do you have the supplies you need? In the Central Pacific, hurricane season starts June 1 and ends November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this year’s hurricane activity will be normal or above normal. To make sure you stay safe, pay attention to weather alerts and keep your home stocked with essential supplies. 

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How to Protect Your Car from Sun and Heat

It’s summer now, but in Hawaii, the warm weather can last year-round. While all this sun and heat help make Hawaii a beautiful paradise, it can also do a number on your car. 

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Everything You Need to Know to Be a First-Time Homebuyer

For years you’ve dreamed of owning your own home. Now it’s time to make that dream a reality. But there’s a lot more to buying a home than picking out the floorplan and deciding on the décor. For many people, a house is the biggest investment they’ll ever make. It takes some serious planning to do it right.

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How to Plan an Affordable Vacation

You don’t need to deny yourself a vacation to be financially responsible. You also don’t need to destroy your budget to go on vacation. There is a happy medium. With a few adjustments, it’s possible to plan an affordable vacation.

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How to Stay Zen Behind the Wheel

Do you ever get mad when you’re driving? Maybe you just mutter under your breath. Or maybe you honk your horn, yell and make rude gestures. Perhaps you even take a more active approach, cutting off offenders or slamming on your brakes. If so, it’s time you learned how to stay calm behind the wheel.

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Should I Get a Car? The Pros and Cons of Car Ownership

Car ownership may be headed for a decline. An AAA Foundation study found instead of rushing to the DMV on their 16th birthday, most teens in the U.S. are now delaying getting a driver’s license. Even by their 18th birthday, only around half of teens have a license.

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4 Reasons Why Renters Need Insurance

Many renters are taking a big risk by going without renters insurance. According to a poll conducted by ORC International, only 37 percent of U.S. renters maintain renters insurance, while 95 percent of homeowners maintain homeowners insurance.

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Tips for Adopting a Pet

Are you ready to adopt a pet? Are you really ready? Adopting a pet is a big responsibility, and it’s not a decision that should be rushed into. Before you bring an animal home, make sure you’ve covered all your bases. 

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Home Renovation "Hacks" to Keep Your Dreams on Budget

Homeownership is rewarding, but it’s not without its challenges. When it comes time for renovations, those challenges can get stressful – and expensive. But don’t despair. The right tricks can help you keep your home in tiptop shape, without going over budget or getting overworked.   

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How to Make New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Keep

The start of a new year is a great time to resolve to make improvements in our lives. Unfortunately, many of those resolutions don’t last long. By February, gym memberships are already lapsing, people have started smoking again and stricter budgets have fallen by the wayside.  

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