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How to Prioritize Security Over Convenience and Change Bad Habits

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Tips to prioritize security, change bad habits, and NerdWallet advice.

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  1. Here are some tips to prize security over convenience, and to change some bad habits. According to NerdWallet, individuals and small businesses should consider their security when it comes to their personal finances. This means avoiding convenience in favor of security, like using a credit card instead of a debit card, and using two-factor authentication when available. Additionally, using secure passwords and regularly checking credit reports are two more measures that should be taken to ensure financial security. (Photo courtesy NerdWallet/AP).

  2. About 101 million eligible filers missed out on using the Free File program, a NerdWallet data analysis shows. This program is a collaboration between the Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance, and it offers free online tax software to those who meet the requirements. Elizabeth Renter of NerdWallet encourages people to take advantage of the program if they are eligible, in order to save money and time.

  3. NerdWallet provides individuals and small businesses with advice and information about personal finance. It primarily makes money from offering financial products and services such as credit cards, investments, and insurance. The company also has a blog that provides advice on topics such as budgeting, investing, and retirement.

  • For the fifth year in a row, about 8 in 10 Americans (83%) say buying a home is a priority for them, according to a new NerdWallet survey. This survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of NerdWallet and included responses from 2,021 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The survey found that home buying is a priority for most Americans regardless of income, age, or location.

  • Hal M. Bundrick is a personal finance writer and a NerdWallet authority in money matters. He is a certified financial planner and former financial advisor with over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. Hal regularly contributes to the NerdWallet blog, focusing on topics like retirement planning, estate planning, and investing.

  • According to NerdWallet CEO Tim Chen, consumers with lower credit score levels are showing softness relative to those with higher credit scores. This is due to the fact that consumers with lower scores are more likely to be younger, and are thus more likely to be underemployed or unemployed. Additionally, consumers with lower scores may be more likely to already have debt, making it harder for them to take on additional loans.

  • NerdWallet, Inc. (NASDAQ:NRDS - Get Rating) - Investment analysts at Oppenheimer issued their Q2 2023 EPS estimates for NerdWallet in a research note issued on Monday, February 20. The firm issued an “outperform” rating and a $35.00 price target on the stock. Oppenheimer also issued estimates for NerdWallet’s Q3 2023 earnings at $0.68 EPS and Q4 2023 earnings at $0.95 EPS.

  • Eliza Haverstock is a lead writer on NerdWallet's student loans team, where she focuses on loan repayment and alternatives to traditional four-year college degrees. Eliza is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in sociology. She is passionate about helping people make educated decisions about their student loan debt and inspiring them to pursue their educational goals.

  • Clinics in places like CVS and Walgreens have become a force in health care. In most cases, though, they shouldn't replace your physician. According to NerdWallet, these clinics should be used to supplement your care with your primary doctor, not to replace them. It's important to remember that these clinics are not equipped to provide comprehensive care like a primary care physician, and should be used only for minor illnesses and injuries.

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