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Personal Finance Round-Up: Preventing Identity Theft While Holiday Shopping

Black Friday, the biggest retail shopping day of the year has just past. Some of you may have hit the stores and stayed up all night to get the killer deals. Others of you may be planning for the biggest online shopping day, Cyber Monday.

No matter what your plans though, these big shopping days don’t always end well and you need to do what you can to protect yourself.

I’m talking about identity theft – which Cyber Monday and Black Friday are prime targets for. Identity theft is a rampart crime these days and anyone can become a victim. Using these tips published in an infographic on Identity Hawk, you can take measures to protect yourself during the holiday shopping season.

Here are more great tips about money from around the web:

The Other Student Loan Problem: Too Little Debt []
Student debt is a big problem but some say that too little debt is yet another issue because students who don’t invest in their education are less likely to finish college.

Cash Is King, Isn’t It? [Deliver Away Debt]
Cash versus credit will always be a debate. One way works for some, the other for others. Whatever you do, stop following the rules and discover what works best for you.

The Winners in Life Are the Masters of Time [Unconventional Thinking Blog]
Time – it’s something we all have to obey…or do we? If you really want something to happen, or accomplish a goal, you must make time for it.

Strangest & Oddest Economic Indicators [Bargaineering]
These interesting indicators look are completely uncontrolled by outside factors other than the market and money. What other habits change during down economy?

Thinking Big About Investing [Brip Blap]
Everything big is made up of something small, including habits, decisions, and actions. It takes looking at both the big and the small to make great things happen.

American Consumer: Retail Therapy for Tough Economic Times [Credit Donkey]
We’ve all been there – a little splurge here and there for being a good boy or girl, right? Retail therapy they call it. This infographic depicts some of the trends in splurging during the last year as well as where people are splurging.

A Thank You Note for Firing Me? [Budgets Are Sexy]
For every door that closes, another one opens up. That goes for job loss as well. If you lose your job, look for the opportunities that you’ve just been given and pursue those.

6 Tiny Tips to Help with the Holiday Season [Canadian Finance Blog]
Holidays are great but generally they cost a lot of money. Gifts, food, holiday pictures, outfits, and travel are just a few of the expenses involved. The tips outlined in this article can help keep the costs down.

How to Escape Busyness and Stress [Christian PF]
Some say it’s good to be busy, but there are definitely downsides to being busy as well. You lose track of your life, things get pushed aside, and priorities get skewed. Check out these tips for managing stress and life.

How to Get Rich by Paying Yourself First [Cool to be Frugal]
We all have bills to pay, but the first check you write should always be to yourself, your own saving plan, and your future.

Be Frugal Like a Muppet [Credit Karma Blog]
The Muppets and their wisdom have certainly passed the test of time. Here are lessons learned through Muppets episodes about saving money.

Jesse Michelsen
Jesse Michelsen is a 23 year freelance writer with a passion for personal finance. Without any formal education in finance, he writes about his own experiences in managing money, budgeting and investing with the goal of retirement at 40 always in mind. He resides in Utah with his wife, 2 girls, and baby boy on the way.

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