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5 things to know: 6-19-12

By Kim Fulscher · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Posted: 8 am ET

Hey loyal Saving Money fans! Today is my birthday, but a certain Federal Reserve chairman is about to steal my thunder.

1. How is Ben Bernanke upstaging me? Well, read our Federal Reserve meeting preview here. Tomorrow the Fed might announce a third round of quantitative easing.

2. If you don't know how quantitative easing affects you, read about how the Fed affects your daily life. Your daily life!

3. Want to make your bachelor party just like the hit movie "The Hangover" but without all the highly illegal antics and mystery drugs? Then allow Bankrate to be your best man.

4. For your ultimate bromigo's bachelor party, maybe you'll take him and the group to a frugal island getaway.

5. Is the Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, lining bankers' pockets more than it's helping distraught homeowners? Some critics of the program say "yes." Not surprisingly, major mortgage providers say "no." Read more here.

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