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Should I Get a Store Credit Card?

“Would you like to save 15 percent on your purchase?” It’s a rare person who’d say no to that! But, that seemingly innocent question is typically followed by an offer to open a store credit card.  You may be wondering, should I get a store credit card? On the surface, the offer could seem like […]

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Overwhelmed by Bills? Here’s How to Lower Them.

Are you overwhelmed by bills? Nobody wants to pay them, yet they come every month. Bills can put a real strain on a household’s finances. In fact, one study by doxoINSIGHTS found that in the 25 largest metro areas in the United States, the average American household pays $984 per month, or 17% of their […]

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What are the Risks of Cosigning?

What are the risks of cosigning? If you’ve been asked to cosign a loan for a friend or family member, you may have questions. It’s possible you have heard horror stories regarding cosigning — and there are plenty out there. It’s also possible that you don’t think cosigning is a big deal at all. Cosigning isn’t […]

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3 Ways to Get Affordable Monthly Car Payments

Consumers are looking for affordable monthly car payments, and for good reason. Car loan balances are at an all-time high, according to a new consumer debt study from Experian, totaling $1.27 trillion in 2018. Not only that, but the average monthly auto payment, according to the study, hit a new record in 2018. It now […]

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Can You Save Time and Money Using Grocery Delivery Services?

If the aisles of your grocery store seem just a little bit less crowded these days, here’s why: More and more people are ordering their groceries online using Grocery Delivery Services. By 2022, the Food Marketing Institute says that consumers could be spending $100 billion a year on grocery delivery services. In fact, in the […]

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How to Lower Bills that Impact Your Budget

Nobody wants to pay them, yet they come every month. Bills can put a real strain on a household’s finances. If you’re like many people, you may be looking for ways to lower bills. One study by doxoINSIGHTS found that in the 25 largest metro areas in the United States, the average American household pays […]

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How to Plan for Higher Education

Welcome back to the Young Adult’s Perspective series. In our last issue, we talked about first time homeownership for young adults. Today, we will be talking about pursuing higher education. At this point in the year, when college age students are preparing to go back to school for the fall semester, it may seem strange […]

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5 Ways Valuing Time Over Money Builds Happiness

We may all be chasing the dollar every single day, but, when it comes to happiness, a growing body of research tells us that people who value time over money are happier. In one study of thousands of Americans, most said money would bring them more joy, yet, researchers found that choosing time over money […]

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6 Tips For an Affordable Last Minute Vacation

So, you’ve decided that taking an affordable last minute vacation is something you can pull off this year. Maybe you found a way to scrimp and save last month to splurge on a quick weekend getaway or a family member invited you for a week at their beach rental. Whatever the reason, congratulations! Studies show […]

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7 Free Personal Finance Classes You Can Take Online

Studies show that many Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement and can’t cover a relatively small emergency expense with the money they have on hand. According to the Federal Reserve, less than two-fifths of adults believe they are saving enough for retirement. And 40% of adults say that if faced with a $400 unexpected expense, […]

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