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Get-Out-of-Debt Checklist

Does the old saying "Another year older and deeper in debt" ring too true? Take these steps now to reduce your debt and fix credit problems.

Transfer your balance to a low-rate card.But only under certain circumstances. A zero percent teaser offer can be a good option if you plan to pay off your balance completely and you don’t charge anything else on the card. However, make sure that the lender is not charging any balance transfer fees, and beware: Terms can be changed at any time.

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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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Toy car

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 and pen

Mail-Organizing Checklist

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