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5 things to know: 9-11-12

By Kim Fulscher · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Posted: 8 am ET

Like an old-school gym teacher, Coach Bankrate offers some tips on using protection -- in your financial world. 

1. Before you say "I do," sit down with your partner and discuss your financial goals and personal money-management style to protect your money.

2. If you're a recovering addict -- alcohol, gambling or the Tiger Woods variety -- there's a prepaid card for you. Protect your recovery.

3. Realtors see the same homebuying mistakes all the time. Protect your home purchase by following these tips.

4. There's a way you can protect your 401(k) balance while erasing credit card debt. Our Bankruptcy Adviser tells you how.

5. Will you hang on to your organs or give 'em up for the greater good? Some states offer tax benefits for organ donation.

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