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The typical car loan lasts for 5 years, which isn’t a long time in the grand scheme of things, but paying that loan off early can save you significant money in interest payments and it can bolster your trade-in value if you plan on getting rid of the vehicle before the loan is up.

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to get rid of your car payment early, check out these 4 ways that you can pay the load down faster to knock one more debt off your list.

8 Credit Card Perks You Didn't Know You Had

Credit cards were often times seen as a scapegoat for the reason our economy was faltering. They really got a bad rap.

Irresponsible people would charge too much on their card without having the means to pay them off. Then eventually, when they could no longer get more credit or had too many debt collectors on their backs, they fell back on bankruptcy as an option to erase their debts.


The price of gas is continually on the rise. With no end in sight to the soaring gas prices and little to no stability in the Middle East, where most of the gas this country uses comes from, it’s a good idea to learn how to save money on gas so you can get where you need to go without spending your entire paycheck at the pump.

Here are 10 easy ways you can save money on gas.


When you graduate from college or university and embark on your chosen career, it’s a good idea to start investing in your retirement from day one. While that may seem like the perfect plan on paper, actually making it happen is incredibly tough, usually because college graduates are left saddled with a student loan that can be totally crippling.


Cover letters are hard. A lot of people don’t even do them anymore. And I know some hiring managers who don’t read them because, in their words, they’re always so awful anyway. But most people will read them. Especially if your resume is almost on-point but not quite. A cover letter can go a long way to showing a potential employer how well your experience will mesh with the job you’re applying for. There is a lot of advice for writing cover letters.


When it comes to taxes, there are some things everyone knows they can write off in order to get more money back, like like exemptions for kids, mortgage interest and business expenses for example. However, there are a great deal of other expenses that can be written off to lower your tax liability too. While most have some rules involved, the majority of write-offs are pretty easy to remember and take advantage of.

Here are 7 not-so-well-known tax deductions.


No matter what industry you work in or what your title is, there’s always room to improve yourself and move up the ladder. The easiest thing you can do is to become an invaluable asset for the company so they’ll want to keep you around and develop your personal brand through training, promotions and extra education.

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Traveling is meant to be fun, but planning the vacation and then staying within budget while you’re away from home can take the fun right out of your trip. Fortunately, there are many apps that are available to help you plan your vacation and save money while you’re out.

Read on to discover 7 of the best free apps to help you save money on your next vacation.