Smartphones

Phones for Kids: 5 Things to Consider

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Today, it’s not questions about the birds and the bees that stump parents, as much as the inevitable, “When can I get a cell phone?” The average age for kids to get their first phone is 10, up from age 12 just four years ago. And, as parents get tired of handing their own phones over, that age is likely to continue to get younger. The next question becomes which phone to choose. Here are five things to consider as you shop for your child’s first smartphone.

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Give the Gift of Rent-A-Center Products During the Holidays

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The holiday season can be hard on your wallet, especially when it comes to buying thoughtful gifts for the ones you love most. Fortunately, there’s an alternative: At Rent-A-Center, you can give big gifts for small payments. It’s better than layaway because you take the products you want home today, and you’ll create holiday joy—not holiday debt—with no credit needed. Here are a few of the products available at Rent-A-Center that you’ll want to add to your holiday wish list.Read Story

7 Smartphone Apps to Help Manage Your Money


With the right apps, your smartphone can become a miniature personal assistant that reminds you of appointments, remembers birthdays, tracks fitness goals, and helps with even more. With the addition of money management apps, it can also become a personal financial advisor that can help set your budget, provide at-a-glance spending info, and offer saving tips. And like any favorite app, the best money management ones make life easier by streamlining often complicated processes to save time and, in this case, money. Here are some free apps that can help you manage money (although some have in-app purchase options that unlock more advanced functionality).

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