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The theft of mobile devices – smart phones and tablets – is now the “fastest-growing street crime” in America and the incidents are turning more violent, according to the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The theft of mobile devices – smart phones and tablets – is now the “fastest-growing street...
Stay-at-home partners get credit card help
Spouses or unmarried partners who run the home will no longer be penalized for their lack of...
Eileen Ryan and Matt Cooper wanted their new house to be good for the environment and they were willing to pay a premium for it. They spent $350,000 to build their two-story, 2,000-square-foot energy-efficient house in Olympia, Wash., and they are happy they did.
Eileen Ryan and Matt Cooper wanted their new house to be good for the environment and they were...
Consumer watchdog wants your complaints. Really.
In an interview with TODAY, CFPB director Richard Cordray urges consumers to file a complaint...
A plan to reward families saving for college
With student loan debt at $1 trillion and rising, legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins...
Bribing by parents is a sure way to teach money mismanagement
The T. Rowe Price investment firm's sixth annual "Parents, Kids & Money" report found that 69...
Club sports can take a club to your checkbook
This is the time of year when many club teams hold tryouts for the coming summer and fall...
A birthday present gone awry is a gift card lesson
Even with a sales receipt in hand, it's hard to get satisfaction if the gift card you purchased...

Calculators

Use the Financially Independent Today ("FIT") Tools, below, to illustrate concepts in the classroom and students can use them for their class activities and projects.

Compound Interest Calculator
  This tool allows students to calculate savings based on compound interest.
Debt Reducer Calculator
  This tool allows students to calculate the effects of debt and interest.
Savings Goal Calculator
  This tool allows students to calculate how much to save on a monthly basis to achieve a financial goal.
Spending Plan 1
  This tool allows students to create a spending plan and compare income to expenses.
Spending Plan 2
  This tool allows students to create a complex spending plan and compare income to expenses.
Spending Plan Download
  Use this spreadsheet to track your expenses on a monthly basis.