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Black Friday Shopping Tips

Black Friday is just around the corner.  Everywhere you turn, you’re bombarded with another ad . It’s easy to get wrapped up in the hype and go overboard, spending more than you planned. To keep you on track with your financial goals, we’d like to share some Black Friday shopping tips that stores don’t want […]

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Veterans Day Survey: Active Duty Military Face Financial Concerns

As we celebrate Veterans Day, a recent study shows that our future veterans — active duty military members and their spouses — are struggling financially. According to the survey from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and Wells Fargo, nearly 9 in 10 active service members — and 84% of their spouses or partners — […]

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Holiday Travel On a Budget

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and if you’re like millions of Americans, some type of travel is in your holiday plans.  With limited resources, how can you accomplish holiday travel on a budget when you’re already spending on gifts? We’ve gathered some helpful tips for getting the best deals when it comes to holiday […]

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Banking Basics: How Online Banking Can Help You

For those who are new to banks and banking services, and for those who have been banking for a while, the same question is often shared: What’s the best way to track my accounts and spending? Keeping track of money can be challenging, but it’s necessary for a successful financial future. Let’s talk about Online […]

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Understanding the 529 College Savings Plan

The country’s student loan debt crisis is only getting worse. Thanks, in part, to the rising cost of college and stagnating wages, more than 44 million Americans owe a total of $1.5 trillion in student loans. For many, it will take years—even decades—to pay off the money they borrowed to go to college. Lawmakers in […]

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Last Minute, Inexpensive DIY Halloween Costumes

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling, the air is cooling off, and soon, little ghosts and goblins will be roaming the streets on Halloween night. It’s always exciting for kids and adults alike to come up with a new costume every Halloween, but face it — costumes can be expensive! […]

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Credit Counseling and Debt Consolidation—What’s the Difference?

When you’re struggling with debt,  you just want to make it go away. But the number of options for assistance can seem overwhelming. You can choose credit counseling, debt consolidation, or debt management. Some companies even promise to settle your debt for you, although the Federal Trade Commission warns that debt settlement programs can carry […]

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When Should You Take Social Security Benefits?

What You Should Know About Taking Social Security Benefits For many Americans, retirement seems out of reach. According to a report from Northwestern Mutual, 21% have no retirement savings and 33% of Baby Boomers, who are retiring now, have less than $25,000 saved up. And while more than half of Americans believe that Social Security […]

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How Having a Financial Accountability Partner Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Ways a Financial Accountability Partner Can Help You We depend on our friends for support when it comes to many things. Whether it’s helping us choose an outfit for the night out, aiding us in sticking to our diet, or assisting us in choosing our next hairstyles. The accountability that comes from our friends support […]

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Save on Heating Costs with DIY Energy Saving Tips

Tips to Save on Heating Costs Cold weather is on it’s way for many parts of the Country, and winter is just around the corner. It’s not uncommon for winter heating to pose a significant challenge for household budgets in the winter month. For those who want to save on heating costs, what are the […]

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