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Car payments, insurance, student loans, groceries, gas --- yikes, not exactly a fun way to spend your paycheck. That's OK; you don't have to give up fun to save and spend money. You just need to take charge. Here are some tips to start your post-college life on sound financial footing.

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Compiled by Dena Dubay, Dani Arthur, Amy Fleitas and Myra Cristobal. Illustrations by Brandy Kesl.




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