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8 Valentine’s Day Gifts That Are as Meaningful as They Are Affordable

There are plenty of cute Valentine’s Day ideas to be found, but what about cheap Valentine’s gifts that won’t break the bank? A last-minute frenzy of wandering through the red, pink, and purple aisles at the grocery store could cost you, and honestly, probably won’t impress your sweetie much.

Turns out, those ages 25 to 34 are the biggest spenders during the heart holiday with a spending average of $202.76, but could they have done it for less?

Our list of eight cheap Valentine’s gift ideas will have your sweetheart swooning over your thoughtfulness, and you’ll be ready to brag about how much you didn’t spend! Well, maybe you’d like to keep that to yourself, too. We won’t judge.

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Exploring the Latest FICO® Score Changes

Sometimes, managing finances can feel like a game—one whose rules aren’t always easy to figure out.

It can be doubly disturbing when those rules change unexpectedly. And according to a recent announcement by the Fair Isaac Corporation, the consumer reporting agency responsible for calculating FICO® scores, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

Many consumers are familiar with their FICO Score, the three-digit credit rating used by many lenders to gauge a borrower’s creditworthiness. Even if they can’t name the exact number, most credit users likely know it exists.

But it’s less common to have a total understanding of how, exactly, that score is arrived at—and that’s before throwing in a formula change.

For most consumers, however, this FICO announcement is apt to be a total non-issue. And even for those whose scores are affected, there are tons of smart financial moves that can help mitigate the changes and potentially help raise overall creditworthiness.

Here are the deets about the 2020 FICO® Score changes.

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Mortgage Rates are Low—Should You Consider Refinancing?

Waiting around for a good mortgage rate can make you feel a little like a ballplayer who’s been warming the bench—except there’s no coach to tell you when to get in there and play.

It’s up to you to decide if the timing and terms of any new loan are right for you.

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines for a while, wondering when and if to jump in and refinance, you’ve probably noticed that mortgage rates are fluctuating with economic news but are still lower right now than they have been since late 2016. Simply put, right now the market’s hot, and it might be time to start the mortgage refinancing process.

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Understanding Financial Cheating and What to Know

It can often start out innocently enough. One partner, who may be better with handling money and finances (or more willing to take on the responsibilities) offers to pay the bills and balance the checkbook every month.

However, with time, the spouse not paying the bills may begin to wonder how things are going: are the credit cards paid on time? How about the mortgage and car payments?

If you’re experiencing financial cheating or are dealing with an overspending spouse, first remember that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. A financial challenge like this one can have a positive outcome and set you on an even better path than the one you were on before.

It can be the one incident that may draw you closer as a couple (once the problem is confronted and on its way to being resolved).

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Top Budget Busters to Watch Out For

Budgeting is a drag. This is a fact of life. Another fact of life: Budgeting is totally necessary.

Budgeting isn’t fun not only because it means you can’t buy everything in sight, but also because it means you have to spend time looking over your past purchases (which almost always feels like re-reading your fifteen-year-old diary).

But, you’re a responsible adult, and you did it. You set aside a couple (gasp) Saturdays in front of your computer cooking the books and you’ve come up with a plan that allows you to maintain your lifestyle, improve your finances, and keep abreast of your essential payments.

Sometimes, however, you can get busted. Much like any diet, (and a budget is basically a money diet) cheat days can get out of control and the numbers can get way off base.

Check out these common budget busters and how to avoid them. Then you’ll likely have enough money left for those cheat days (because you included them in your budget).

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