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The Cost of “Happily Ever After” Skyrockets for the 5th Straight Year

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With wedding season in full swing, how much consideration have couples really given to the rising costs associated with the big day? When the time comes to plan their wedding, many couples may be surprised, as a recent study completed by The Knot (a wedding planning website) found that for the fifth year in a row, the average price for a wedding increased by 4.6% to $32,641 in 2015. This national average is actually just a fraction of the average cost of weddings in the Northeast. New York City, on average, is the most expensive place to tie the knot; couples pay a whopping $82,299! Northern and Central New Jersey couples open up their wallets as well, with the average cost topping $55,000 on their wedding day.

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How to Cut Costs in the Summer

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Summer is under way, which means prettier weather and uglier energy bills. The winter and summer months feature the highest peaks for energy requirements, with the United States residential sector demand increasing by a whopping 67 billion kilowatt-hours, an increase of nearly 66% from fall and spring usage according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The heat is coming, but here are some of the best ways to help keep those bills down:

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Benefits for Bravery

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday to honor and remember the troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom and ideals. Every year, this holiday is celebrated on the last Monday in May. This holiday dates back to 1868, after the Civil War, when it was known as Decoration Day because it was a day to decorate the graves of the soldiers who had died in battle. Although Memorial Day is intended to honor those who have lost their lives in war, many institutions take this day to recognize and celebrate all veterans. With Memorial Day coming up, it is time to give back to those who gave everything to our country and make veterans aware of some of the many benefits available to them.

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5 Ways to Begin the Wealth Journey in Your 20s

Many people mention that your 20s are the best years of your life. While this may be the case from the perspective of having few major responsibilities, it is far from the truth financially. According to Edvisors.com, a leading online authority for planning and paying for college, about 71% of students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2015 had student loans averaging around $35,000. With a majority of current graduates suffering from extensive debt, wealth and financial independence may seem like a far-off dream. However, according to Ken Schapiro of Condor Capital Management, it is possible to create a solid foundation for a wealthy future while still in your 20s by following several important financial guidelines.

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Is This Credit Card Right For You?

As a follow-up to an article we posted last week about whether now may be a good time to apply for a credit card, we wanted to offer our 2 cents on an upcoming option: the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi.

While current Costco Amex cardholders will receive their new card by mail – and without a hard inquiry – for use on June 20th of this year, those in the market for a credit card should check out the rewards that this card offers and consider whether it makes sense for them.

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Credit Card Soup – Should You Be Applying?

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With a variety of rewards programs and upgraded terms aimed at capturing new users amid a broader shift to a cashless society, you may be asking yourself whether now is a good time to apply for a credit card. What you may not realize, however, is the impact this would have on your credit score.

Generally speaking, opening up a new credit card should only have a minimal adverse impact on your credit score up front. With time, though, being approved for a new card can actually boost your score and increase your credit worthiness!

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