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8 Facts That Most Kids Don’t Know About The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is 100 years old today. To celebrate what this important international marine trade route has done for the economy, we put together a list of facts. Here’s a few things that your kids might not know:

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By: Lauryn on 8/15/2014 02:05:00 AM

Student Tips on Balancing School and Work Life

As you begin to tackle your college coursework, you’ll soon realize that the 3 or 4 credit hours for each class you are taking quickly extends to 6-8 hours per week when you account for class time, study time, and homework time.  Multiply that by the number of classes you are taking this semester and it quickly becomes 18-32+ hours each week that you spend on school. With school hours equating to a part-time job and your full- or part-time job on your plate, you may start to wonder how you will ever fit it in. This can get extremely overwhelming at times, but there is a way to balance it.  Keep these tips in mind as you work your way to financial stability and academic excellence.

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By: Lauryn on 8/13/2014 03:32:18 PM

College Survival: 5 Things to Bring With You and 5 Things to Leave at Home

Though the temperature may still be sizzling, the start of the fall semester and your new college living arrangements await. As you prepare for your move, consider our list of things you do and do not need.

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By: Lauryn on 8/4/2014 01:36:34 PM

A Changing Landscape for Bargain Retail Shoppers

Last week, bargain retail favorites Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, T.J. Maxx, and Goodwill made headlines with big announcements that rattled the discount shopping world. With Q4 Holiday shopping season right around the corner, how will these announcements effect money-savers, discount retail shoppers, and consumers looking for great deals?  The Daily Deduction takes a deeper dive.

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By: Lauryn on 8/1/2014 02:40:00 AM

Parenthood Can Be a Strong Influence on Your Tax Bill

Happy Parents’ Day to all the families in the eSmart Tax Community!  Knowing about credits and deductions for parents can help you make smart tax decisions for you and your family.

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By: Lauryn on 7/27/2014 01:35:00 PM

Parent PLUS Loan, Private Loan, or Other? Parents Options For Paying For College

The collegiate academic calendar kicks off in just a few short weeks with the start of the fall semester.  For students, that means getting back into the routine of class, study sessions, campus dining hall hours, and homework.  For some parents, the deadline is approaching to make the first payment on tuition for the 2014-2015 school year. Find out more about parent loan options for college here.

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By: Lauryn on 7/17/2014 10:21:48 AM

Back-To-School: Tax-Free Holidays By State

This year, only 15 states are participating in back-to-school related Sales Tax Holidays (North Carolina is not participating this year.)  Qualifying back-to-school related expenses and purchase price limits vary by state (and not all localities within a state may participate), but many families may be able to buy items like school supplies, clothing items up to $100, books, software, tablets, and computers tax free. Knowing when your state’s tax holiday is to save some cash during the back-to-school rush.

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By: Lauryn on 7/15/2014 09:47:45 AM

Sugar Cookie Day

Treat yourself to this food holiday favorite with these three recipes from the eSmart Tax Recipe Collection.

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By: Lauryn on 7/8/2014 11:25:00 AM

Independence Day is Here. Let’s Celebrate!

Honoring our freedom by celebrating our heroes.

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By: Lauryn on 7/4/2014 02:05:00 AM

The Year is Half Over, Time to Get Organized

There’s six months to go until filing season. It’s never too early to organize your tax documents and get everything ready for the filing rush.  Taxes are something to consider ALL year long.  You can make the biggest impact on the time you spend filing by being meticulously organized throughout the year.

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By: Lauryn on 7/1/2014 12:30:00 AM

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