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Have you been looking for something fresh and different to spend your Christmas bonus on this year? Too often, the holiday season turns into a hurricane of shopping, and when the new year arrives, you look back and wish you had invested in something of true value. Here are five great opportunities to “pay it forward.”

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The economy is recovering, which is good news, and you may find yourself with enough breathing room to create a new budget and re-examine your spending habits. This is a great time to set new goals and begin putting aside more money for  your future plans and dreams. Or, if you’re still feeling the pressures of the economic downturn, you may want to examine new ways to free up some money each month to help make ends meet. Either way, here are four good ways to save $100 every month.

Give Yourself a Raise and Pay Down Your Debt

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Open enrollment for health insurance under the new federal health care law, the Affordable Care Act, began on October 1 and will continue through March 31, 2014. 

For your protection, as you explore your health care options, please be aware of the following “precautionary” tips:

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If you are a retiree on a fixed income and you have an urgent need for some extra cash right now, the ads offering to give you an "advance" on your pension checks may seem to offer the perfect solution. However, this solution is not as simple or helpful as it may seem.

Unfortunately, too many people have been fooled by these deceptive offers, and as a result they have found themselves in deep debt with less income to live on. The basic fact to keep in mind anytime you see an offer for a pension advance is that you’re looking at a type of payday loan; according to Stuart Rossman, a lawyer with the National Consumer Law Center who spoke to The New York Times about the issue, "The cost of these pension transactions can be astronomically high." 

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If you’re feeling a little lost when it comes to the Affordable Care Act and what it means to you, you’re not alone. Last week I introduced some facts and resources you need to know to be better informed and to take action on October 1st, which is tomorrow. Today I have compiled some of the questions our members have been asking. I hope these FAQs will help you decide what steps you need to take next. 

What is a Health Insurance Marketplace?

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