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Top 10 dumb debt decisions in 2014

If you want to maintain your finances this year, here are some debt moves to avoid.
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Montana $aves $caventer Hunt

Want kids to experience something innovative and different while learning about benefits of saving at the same time? Tell them about the Montana $aves $cavenger Hunt! If you are a Montana student age 14 to 19 the hunt is definitely on. Share this with the students you know.

7 realistic strategies for retirement

Preparing for the life changes retirement brings can be tricky. Here's how to ensure you'll have enough money to go forward.
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Montana bucket list: What would you add?

Tribune features reporter Kristen Inbody is currently working on a list, generated by you, to follow-up on her original Montana Bucket List.
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Veteran designation now available on Montana driver's licenses

Veterans can now add a 'veteran' designation to the front of their driver's licenses or identification cards.
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Tax Help Montana looking for volunteers

Funds from income tax returns and credits are the boost many households need to make ends meet. Tax Help Montana is looking for volunteers to help low- and moderate-income filers get every dollar they qualify for and to keep all of those dollars for their families.
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Max out your IRA now, not next April

Waiting until the last minute to contribute to your IRA means missing out on up to 16 months of potential tax-deferred gains -- which can really add up over the years.
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Do you behave like a poor person?

Many people who grow up without a lot of money are frugal when they finally have some. Others, though, seem to be making up for lost spending time.
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25 ways to improve your finances in 2014

These nuggets of financial wisdom will lead you to a richer and more prosperous new year.
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Dollars and sense: Financial literacy topic of high school class

A class of 20 high school students at Paris Gibson Education Center was asked a very simple question — how will you spend your money?
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Consider a Roth IRA for tax-free income

This Q&A answers essential questions about adding a Roth account to your nest egg.
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Timeless moves for a successful retirement

Times change, markets go up and down, and new innovations come along all the time. Still, some financial moves always make sense.
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Don't stop investing after retirement

If you've made it this far, chances are you'll live longer than average, and an overly conservative portfolio won't cut it. Here are three ways to keep your money growing through retirement, but diversified against risk.
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Report: Montana healthier than last year

Montana is healthier than it was last year, according to annual America's Heath Rankings report from United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention.
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How unpaid medical bills damage your credit

Do what you can to make sure your medical debt does not go to collections, as it can lay waste to your scores.
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The truth behind 9 debt myths

Dealing with debt is tricky enough without erroneous information and wrong-headed advice. Here are some debt myths in need of some serious debunking.
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8 ways lenders make student debt harder

Lots of people have horror stories about the tactics used by private lending companies. Here are some ways they make an already contentious issue even more so.
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15 ways financial decisions cost us

Decisions about money are some of the hardest we make in our lives. Do you have all the information you need to make sound financial choices?
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Five Ways Criminals Con You Out of Your Cash

If you have money, scammers have a way to take it from you. Con artists talk about getting their victims so emotionally charged up that they are unable to think logically. They call it “under the ether,” and it is how they play on hope, fear and empathy to defraud their victims.

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Jobs Poll: Things Are Better…But Not Good

Only 15% of Americans 45 years or older say they looked for a job in the past year, according to our AARP Bulletin poll conducted in September 2013. It has been five years since the start of the Great Recession but people are still uncertain about their current jobs. Confidence about stability of jobs has improved since 2009, but still less than half feel their jobs are stable (49% in 2013 & 39% in 2009).

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