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Home Inventory Documenting Checklist

What have you got to lose? In the case of a fire, flood, or burglary, a lot. Here’s what to document.

Record furniture and note when and where you purchased big-ticket electronic equipment, such as televisions and computers.Be very detailed: State when an item was purchased and what a replacement would cost today.

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10 Ways to Protect Your Identity

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

  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)
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Car Emergency Essentials Checklist

  • Aerosol tire inflator.
  • Car-battery charger.
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First Aid Essentials Checklist

  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Sterile gauze pads in various sizes and cloth adhesive tape to secure them
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50 Home Saftey Issues You Should Know About

  • 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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Desk-Drawer Essentials

  • Antiperspirant:
  • Safety pins:
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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

12 Ways to Ditch Your Debt

  • 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

  • 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

Complete these seven chores before hitting the hay and you'll be better prepared for whatever the day throws at you.

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