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Fees That Come With Buying a Car

Let's say you've taken a test drive of a new car you love. It's just within your price range, and you're ready to take it home. But when it's time to sign on the dotted line, you find that the price is much higher than you expected. Unfortunately, the sticker on the windshield wasn't the final price. Here's a breakdown of some of the most common fees that come with buying a car.

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How to Avoid Debt When Using Credit

It might not be banned from everyday conversation, but sometimes it feels like "debt" is a taboo four-letter word — especially when you aren't careful about managing it. Using credit is an effective way to build your credit profile, but it can also become a problem if you're not careful. Check out these crucial tips for using credit wisely as you get started building your financial profile.

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How to Save on Your Heating Bill

Whether you love or hate cold weather, one thing is certain: It can drive up the price of your electric bill and/or gas bill quickly. Many people are surprised to see just how much it costs to turn on the heat inside when Mother Nature turns on the AC outside. Fortunately, you don't have to choose between being warm and being broke. Here are some things you can do to save on your heating bills.

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Guide to BBQ Essentials

Beautiful weather and grilling go hand in hand. Having a BBQ is perfect for everything from entertaining friends and family to making a quick dinner on a regular summer weeknight. But if you're new to grilling, BBQ essentials can seem like a bit of a puzzle. We'll help you decode the puzzle with these basic tips and tricks to get you started.

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Surviving Winter in Chicago

Surviving Winter in Chicago

Chicago is called the Windy City for a reason, and that's painfully obvious in the winter. Tips from experienced Chicagoans for surviving the season range from putting hand warmers in your gloves and pockets to keeping kitty litter in your trunk for tire traction in the snow, and running your fan to blow rising warm air down from the ceiling. Here are a few more tricks for coming out of your Chicago winter with a sunny disposition.

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