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Car Emergency Essentials Checklist

The tools to keep on hand so you're ready for anything, from a flat to a fender-bender.

Aerosol tire inflatorPlug a small hole or a leak long enough to get to a garage. (Be sure the product doesn’t contain flammable gases, such as butane, propane, and isobutene.)

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10 Ways to Protect Your Identity

  • Protect your Social Security number and card.
  • Buy a shredder.
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Medicine Cabinet Essentials Checklist

  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)
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Home Inventory Documenting Checklist

  • Record furniture and note when and where you purchased big-ticket electronic equipment, such as televisions and computers.
  • Group together smaller items, such as DVDs and CDs.
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50 Little Ways to Ensure Your Home's Safe

  • Check for frayed wires.
  • Follow the path of cords.
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Emergency Plan Checklist

  • Know your area and what disasters are possible.
  • Create a basic emergency supply kit.
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Home Renovation Checklist

  • Make a wish list.
  • Determine your budget.
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Mail-Organizing Checklist

  • Create an in-box.
  • Set up a recycling bin.
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Credit cards

Get-Out-of-Debt Checklist

  • Transfer your balance to a low-rate card.
  • Negotiate a lower rate.
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22 Ways to Slash Your Bills

  • Refinance.
  • Appeal property taxes.
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Stach of cash and tax forms

Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions Checklist

  • Health insurance premiums (for self-employed people, 100 percent deductible from gross income)
  • Transportation expenses for trips to medical facilities or doctors’ offices
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Your New Year Money Checklist

  • Rebalance your portfolio.
  • Track your spending.
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Newsletter checklist

How complete is your makeup bag? Be sure to stock these 15 essentials.

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