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Off the Track: How Jimmie Johnson Recharges (Including His Recipe for Guacamole!)

Just like Jimmie Johnson, we all need ways to ease our minds and separate from the ups and downs of daily life, whether that’s caring for family, managing finances, or simply trying to keep it all together during a busy or uncertain time. For some, unwinding looks like taking a long walk outside or reading […]

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3 Priceless Benefits Only Your Pet Can Provide

Anyone who’s ever come home to the sound of paws padding across the kitchen floor, the furious wagging of a tail, and the pure joy that only a pup can produce knows: There’s a reason they say dogs are a man’s best friend. Many of our remote Ally employees might even say their pets make […]

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Boost Your Mood With Jimmie Johnson’s Playlist

From mood-boosting jams to relaxing beats, music is a powerful force that can affect us all in many ways. For seven-time NASCAR cup series champion Jimmie Johnson, listening to music provides a happy place that lifts him up any time of day. When he’s driving, working out, or just needs a little pick-me-up, Jimmie finds […]

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Budgeting for Baby: 5 Steps for New Parents

The impending arrival of a new baby can trigger all the feelings: excitement, joy … and a little bit of panic, especially when it comes to managing the cost. It’s no secret that welcoming a tiny bundle of joy can shake up your finances in a big way. Establishing a budget for your baby can […]

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How Close Is Too Close? Creating Healthy Boundaries in Your Home

Bedtimes, no running on the stairs, veggies before dessert. Your parents’ house rules weren’t exactly fun growing up. Now that you’re moved out and on your own, you can see where they were coming from — and you’ve established a few guidelines of your own. But what you didn’t expect? That your rules would now […]

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“Mom, Dad — I’m Moving In!” Navigating Finances When Your Adult Kids Move Back Home

When you moved your child into his or her college dorm room or first apartment, you probably shed a tear or two as the reality of the empty nest sank in. At the time, you never expected they’d move back home. But a few years later, your child may be looking homeward again. As much […]

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Game Night Fun: Buy Property, Build Hotels, and Learn Valuable Financial Lessons

On rainy summer afternoons or cozy Friday nights, there’s nothing like huddling around the dining room table, pizza stacked on nearby plates, with a wad of rainbow-colored cash in hand and the buzz of anticipation in the air. Whether you’re gearing up to battle for the doctor career card in The Game of Life® (who […]

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Back-to-School Savings: An A-Z Guide on Shopping Without Going Over Budget

Fresh haircuts. White sneakers. Bulging backpacks. Yes, it sounds like school’s back in session. And with that comes those back-to-school expenses, too. According to the National Retail Federation, families with children in K-12 expected to spend an average of $696.70 during back-to-school season, with clothing and accessories ($239.82), and electronics ($203.44) as the two most […]

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Teaching Kids About Money: 4 Things Your Kids Need to Know

For most parents, the end of summer means moving on from pool floaties and popsicles to backpacks and pencil boxes — and a renewed emphasis on learning. You want to teach your kids about money, but between reading logs and art projects, it can be tempting to hope they just pick it up at school. […]

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Keto on the Cheap? Paleo for Pennies? Yes, You Can Eat Healthy on a Budget

Healthy eating habits are nothing new, but anyone who’s made avocado toast knows that eating healthy on a budget can be challenging. You know to swap out starchy foods for whole grains and to reach for protein and fiber-rich foods in lieu of sugary and processed fare, yet organic food and specialty ingredients can add […]

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