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Put off procrastination!

You know you need to organize your money issues, but somehow you never quite get around to it. Now is the time to tackle all those tasks you've been putting off.

Procrastination can be dangerous -- especially when it comes to your finances. Leaving yourself open to identity theft can have catastrophic consequences to your credit, as can being in debt. Even moves that should be money-makers -- like getting a new job or selling a home, can create quite a ding in your bank account if you haven't prepared wisely.

Don't become one of the many Americans whose financial burdens bog down their lives. We've got the steps you should take to protect your identity -- and they're not too difficult. Dreaming of getting out of debt? Don't dream -- plan. Bankrate can show you how to whittle down your debt, or even find a new job with a better salary. And if that new job means relocating and selling your house, we can lead you down the path of successful home selling.

While you're planning, plan big. If you've been thinking of getting married, start planning now. There's a lot more to think about than just dresses and bridesmaids. Early wedding planning can save you plenty of cash -- and stress.

Stop fretting and start preparing -- your wallet will thank you.

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Illustrations by Brandy Kesl

-- Posted: March 18, 2004
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