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5 Reasons Arizonans Should Have a Living Trust


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Your Usual?


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Where Should Your Next Dollar Go?


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Sustainable Investing: What the Buzz is About


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Can You Make a Will Without a Lawyer?


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6 Surprising Things a Credit Union Can Help With


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Tired of Budgeting? 5 Ideas to Battle Budget Burnout


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How Do Credit Unions Work?


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Quiz: Are You Getting the Most out of Your Debit Card?


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Exchange Money, Not Germs! Contactless Ways to Pay


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Our Top 8 Debit Do’s and Don’ts


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What is a Peer-to-Peer Mobile Payment App and Why Are They So Popular?


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Will vs. Trust: What Should I Choose?


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Understanding Credit Basics: What You Need to Know


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Medicare Plans: An Overview of the A, B, C and D’s of Medicare


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Medicare Annual Enrollment Period: Is It Time to Update Your Coverage?


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5 Reasons You Need a Will at Any Age


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Are You Doing Online Banking Right?


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Credit Unions vs. Banks: Separating Fact from Fiction


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Desert Financial Sponsorship Helps Grant Wishes to Teachers


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Get Down with the Digital Wallet: Here’s How & Why


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Avoid Debt with One Card in Your Wallet: Your Debit Card


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The How and Why of Debit Cards


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10 Financial Tips for Soon-to-Be and New Retirees


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Which Allowance System Will Work for Your Family?


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Don’t Have an Emergency Fund? Start One Now!


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6 Tips for Managing Financial Stress


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How to Detect a Charity Scam


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The 10 Money Mistakes Everyone Makes


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4-Part Minimalist Guide: What Can I Live Without?


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Put Your Guard Up Against Online Shopping Scams


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How to Be a Financial Minimalist


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Duet Partnership: Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program


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Summer Reading: The Simple Path to Wealth


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8 Hot Ways to Lower Your Summer AC Bill


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10 Steps to Declutter Your Finances


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The Great Car Debate: New or Used?


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Should You Cancel That Subscription? 5 Questions to Ask


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3 Resources to Help Small Businesses Bounce Back


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5 COVID-19 Scams to Avoid


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All of the 2020 Tax Season Changes (So Far)


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I Have Loans, Bills and a Mortgage – What Are My Options?


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How Can a HELOC Help You?


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Refinancing Your Mortgage Could Lower Your Payments — Is Now the Time to Refi?


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Can a Personal Loan Help You?


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Can Refinancing Lower Your Car Payment?


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3 Steps for Taking Care of Your Finances Right Now


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8 HSA and Medicare FAQs


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4 New Hobbies (That Aren’t Reading a Book or Baking Bread)


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Why a Big Tax Refund Could Be Bad For You


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How to Deal with Finances as a Freelancer


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Navigating 5 Roadblocks of Budgeting


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The Strong Case for Using a Budget App


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5 Time Management Tools for Morning until Night


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4 Work-From-Home Essentials for Rookies


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How to Answer Questions Kids Ask During the Financial Crisis


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Finding Work-Life Balance at Home


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5 Virtual Hangouts to Keep You Connected


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How to Talk to Kids in a Tough Economy


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I Can No Longer Care for Myself: What Can I Expect From Medicare?


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St. Joseph the Worker Transforms Lives through Employment


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How Skipping a Loan Payment Really Works


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The REAL Reasons Why Credit Unions Give Back


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Fraud Alert! Scammers Targeting Desert Financial Members with Airbnb Scam


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5 Life-Changing Benefits of Volunteering


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What I’d Tell My Younger Self About Money (From 5 Leaders at Desert Financial)


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Cutting Through the Medicare Mayhem


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Don’t Fall for an Online Pet Adoption Scam


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The Costs of Being a Pet Parent


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Don’t Save! When to Say YES to Spending Money


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Money Management Has Come a Long Way, Baby!


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Quiz: What’s Your Money Management Style?


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Keeping Up With Spendy Friends: How to Save Money and Your Social Status


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3 HORROR-ific Phone Scam Movies


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Is a Money Market Account Right for You?


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Spend It and Forget It? 5 Overlooked Money Drains


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What to Do If Your Loan Application is Rejected


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It’s Tax Fraud Season! Is Your Tax Preparer Trustworthy?


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These 5 Friends Will Make Your Life Better


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Under the Influence: How Technology Impacts Our Spending


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The Newbie’s Guide to Employer Health Insurance


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How to Build a Career Wardrobe on a Budget


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Before You Buy It, Ask Yourself These 5 Questions


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5 Gym-FREE Workouts and Fitness Tips


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What’s Your BIG Financial Goal?


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The Secret to Crushing Your First 90 Days at a New Job


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Local Love: Make the Pledge to Go Local


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Why You Should Get Serious About Saving


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How to Save Money While Paying Off Debt


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6 Rewards for Getting Cash Back


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How Much Should I Save from My Paycheck?


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Watch out for the Worst Apartment Scams


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10 Steps to Avoid Identity Theft

Identity theft can happen to anyone! Take these 10 steps to protect your info.


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Is a Second Job Really Worth It?


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New Year, New Money Habits


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Are You Up for the CHALLENGE?


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5 Financial Challenges to Help You Save More


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3 Small Steps to Reaching Your Big Goal


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Financial Goals: Strategies for Staying Accountable


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4 Exercises for a Finances Journal


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This, Not That: Mini Challenges for Making the Better Financial Choice


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Easy Financial Resolutions You Can Do Any Time of Year


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Online Banking Safety Tips for Home and Travel

Learn the risks of online banking and see what you can do to protect yourself.


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Fighting Cybercrime: The Saga of Email Phishing Edition

Be your own superhero! Learn how to fight cybercrime and defeat phishing scammers.


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Quiz: Are You Ready to Purchase Your First Home?


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Budgeting for the Financial Ups & Downs of Self Employment

Use this guide to feel comfortable and confident with your finances.


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The Best Compact Cars of the Year (and How to Get One)

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5 Steps to Build an Emergency Fund


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Black Friday Shopping & Safety Tips


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When to Get a Loan for Your Small Business

Before you apply for a business loan, read these tips so you make all the right moves.


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Prepare for a Scam-Proof Happy Holiday

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of year! For you — and scammers too.


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Quiz: Which Credit Card is Right for You?


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Between planning and packing for your trip, make sure to learn these social media safety tips.


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How to Furnish Your New Home on a Budget


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Learn to spot the scariest scammers who are out for your money and info.


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The Financial Check-Up Checklist


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Good Debt vs. Bad Debt: Which Do You Have?


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4 Fast Workouts for Your Financial Fitness Regimen


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4 Personal Finance Gurus to Follow


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Launching a business is exciting, yet intimidating too. Follow these five steps to get started!


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How to Save for Big Purchases


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Who are the worst scammers in history? Don't miss our Fraud Hall of Shame.


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Learn about hidden costs to consider before you buy.


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Getting Married on a Budget


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How to Choose a Contractor for Your Remodel


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Don’t Be Fooled by Overpayment Scams

What are overpayment scams? Here’s what sellers and merchants should know.


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5 Easy Tips to Save More Money


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Family Fun Freebies: No-Cost Kids Activities Around the Valley


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How to Pay for College in Arizona


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Should I Refi or Buy a New Ride?

Should you keep your current car or trade it in for a new one? Find out whether buying or refinancing is the right option for you.


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5 Steps to Bounce Back From Fraud

Keep this scam recovery checklist handy in case your info is stolen, hacked or breached.


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Meet the 2018 Paid4 Sweepstakes Winners

Find out who took home cash prizes in our annual Paid4 Sweepstakes. You could be the next one to win enough dough to pay off your auto loan!


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Remodeling and Renovations: 10 Tips for Homeowners


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What is Home Equity?


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Think You Can’t Buy a Home? You Could Be Totally Wrong


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A “Bachelor” Love Story in Phoenix: Arie and Lauren Buy a Home


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Simple Ways to Raise Your Rewards


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How to Move from Renting to Buying a Home


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Quiz: What’s the Best Deal: A New Car or a Used Car?

Not sure whether to buy a new car or opt for a pre-owned one? Answer a few quick questions to see what's the best bet for your budget.


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When is the Best Time to Refinance Your Car?

Is there a "perfect" time to get an auto refi? We'll walk you through getting a refi at every stage of your auto loan.


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Five Reasons to Refi Your Auto Loan

You love your car, but NOT your payment. If you're debating on getting a new ride, check out these sweet reasons to refi instead.


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Why Refi Your Car With Desert Financial?

Not sure how refinancing your car will benefit you? Learn five reasons why an auto refi could be your smartest option.


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3 AZ Road Trips Worth the Drive

If you're dying to get out of town, check out these three hot Arizona road trip destinations! All you need is a set of wheels and an adventurous spirit.


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Simple Ways to Raise Your Rewards


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Saving Up While Growing Up


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6 Steps to Getting a Will


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Making Your Home Pet-Friendly


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3 Simple Rules to Stop Scammers

Learn scam-protection rules, starting with slowing down before you act.


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80 Years in the Making


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Tax Refund Uses


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4 Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage


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5 (Nearly) Foolproof Ways to Fill Your Retirement Fund


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3 Steps to Being Debt-Free


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5 Golden Rules to Buying a New Car

Are you ready for a new ride? If you've taken "drive it till the wheels fall off" literally, find out the five most important things to know when you're buying a new vehicle.


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Building Your Business Budget

Building your budget builds your business. Use this resource to manage your cash flow!


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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Backyard


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Desert Financial Sponsors Devour Week Culinary Festival


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7 Home Renovations that Really Pay Off


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10 Easy-ish Steps to Buying a Home


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The Benefits of Refinancing to a 15 Year Mortgage


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5 Kitchen Upgrades for Beauty and Value


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The Phoenix Homeowner's Guide to Pools, Plants and Outdoor Living


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5 Clever Ways to Help Pay for Your New Home


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How to Rebuild Credit After a Foreclosure


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The Perfect Strategy for Small Business Retirement

It’s never too early! Commit to your future self and start a small business retirement plan.


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What to Expect When Remodeling Your Home


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New Year, New Goals


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Q&A: Small Investment Options


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Handling the Unexpected


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Savings & Safety for the Season


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Loans and Down Payments


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Community Service in Action: Duet Partners in Health & Aging


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Prequalification — Arizona Style


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Community Service in Action: Children Win Bikes Through Poster Contest


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A Source of Help


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All About the Dough


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Phoenix Children's Hospital Fundraiser


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What’s New at Disneyland This Summer


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Donate to Our Annual School Supply Drive


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Teacher Appreciation


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Meet Our 2017 Love My Home Winner


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YOG Opening Breakfast


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7 NEW Things to See at Disneyland


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Our Community Involvement


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Ways to Impact Our Community


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Helping Kids Succeed


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School Uniforms and Supplies


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