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Why do so many people never obtain the financial independence that they desire? Often it's because they just don't take that first step — getting started. Besides procrastination, other excuses people make are that investing is too risky, too complicated, too time consuming, and only for the rich.

Did you know that among all the credit card fees you pay, you can avoid practically all of them? That’s right! Check out the list below to see the top five credit card fees you can avoid: 

Check fraud is a serious problem in the United States.  You should do all you can to protect unauthorized access to the funds in your checking account.  Here are some important tips to follow in this effort:

Approximately 66 million people today receive some form of Social Security benefits, including retirement, disability, survivor, and family benefits. (Source: Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2017)  Although most people receiving Social Security are retired, you and your family members may be eligible for benefits at any age, depending on your circumstances.

The holidays are a time full of merry gift-giving and cheer, but once it’s all over and you get that final credit card statement, the wonderment of the holidays is sure to fade into a distant memory. The most important way to avoid over-spending on holiday gifts is to remember to plan ahead. Consider these holiday spending tips during this year's season of giving: