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Your New Year Money Checklist

Do these 11 things this month and start 2014 off on the right financial foot.

Rebalance your portfolio.Making sure that your asset allocation is in line with your investment goals is an essential part of managing a portfolio. The beginning of the year is an opportune time to do it, and the process may take only a few minutes.

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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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Car Emergency Essentials Checklist

  • Aerosol tire inflator
  • Car-battery charger
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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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Home Safety Checklist

  • 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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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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