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5 Things To Do Before Buying Your First Home

If you’re ready to take the leap from renter to homeowner, one of the most complicated parts of the process can be securing a home loan. Here are some ways to improve the financing you’ll get and other helpful tips for buying your home. 1. Check your credit report You can receive free annual credit reports from the three major … Continue reading

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Traveling Tips To Keep Your Money Safe

Imagine getting some much needed R & R while soaking up the sun on a tropical beach or taking the family on that trip to Disney you’ve been promising for the past 5 years…when suddenly panic sets in. Somewhere in between applying sunscreen for the third time and ordering lunch at the pool, your wallet has gone missing. Your dreams … Continue reading

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How To Do Valentine’s Day On A Budget

Heavy on love but light on cash this Valentine’s Day? Instead of buying the cliché (and expensive) chocolates and roses this holiday, try something a little more creative…and a little less expensive. After all, money can’t buy love. Take a dance class. Learn a new moves on the dance floor this year! Look for classes that offer a one-time session … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Scammed By Skimmers

Scammers may be getting trickier, but banks are also getting smarter. And you can be smart too when you visit an ATM with your debit card. Law enforcement agencies are seeing an increase in ATM skimming – attaching a small device to an ATM to read and steal a card’s magnetic stripe data. By stealing this data, a scammer can … Continue reading

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6 Ways To Help Your Kids Be Better Savers

Saving isn’t always easy. But it is important. To address the need to understand how to save, the American Bankers Association, or ABA, started an educational program – and they started young. Since its inception in 1997, Teach Children to Save Day has reached 7.2 million young people. More than 210,000 bankers have volunteered their time over the years to … Continue reading

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5 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Refund

Nearly 8 out of 10 U.S. tax filers will receive a federal tax refund this year. As millions of Americans await reimbursement from Uncle Sam, The American Bankers Association has put together five easy tips for making the most of your tax refund.  1. Save for emergencies. Open or add to a savings account that serves as an “emergency fund.” Ideally, … Continue reading

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Protect Your Tax Refund

It’s tax season. A stressful time for accountants, an exciting time for people receiving refund checks and a busy time for tax scammers. According to the Better Business Bureau, consumers should be on the lookout for these top three tax refund scams. Stolen Social Security Numbers Did you know that a scammer can use a stolen social security number or … Continue reading

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5 Financial Resolutions to Make (and Actually Keep!) in 2015

Make a Budget. It’s the B-word nobody wants to talk about. But it’s the most practical way to understand what you’re spending. First, take a look at what you’re spending money on now (rent or house payments, loan payments, groceries, etc.). Then evaluate where your money is going. Does it fit into your long term goals? Last, track your spending … Continue reading

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The Holidays…A Time to Save?!

The Holidays are quickly approaching- time to trim the tree, bake delicious cookies and… save money? The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here and it’s easy to get wrapped up in a spending spree this time of year. These money savings tips can help keep your holidays merry and your finances bright during this magical season. Make … Continue reading

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Online Shopping: How to Stay Safe

Holiday shopping season is here, and scammers are lurking to steal financial information from online shoppers. To avoid being a victim, consider taking the following steps to keep your financial information safe. 1. Update your passwords. Change your passwords regularly. Try to create a password that is not a real word so it cannot be easily guessed. Passwords should include … Continue reading

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