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Getting a Car

Getting a CarWhen looking for a new car, you have three main options: buy used, buy new, or lease. There are pros and cons to each method. Your choice will be based on various financial considerations, driving habits, and personal preference. Buying Used Buying a used car is appealing to many people. Used cars are less expensive up-front, and they …

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Back to School: How to Talk to Kids About Money

Back to School: How to Talk to Kids About Money It’s an excellent time to teach your kids about the basics of money and spending When we think of back to school, we think of what our kids will learn to set themselves up for success as adults. Among these is understanding finances and managing money. Parents may question the …

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Looking at Budgeting

Looking at Budgeting A practical budget can be a result of collaborative conversations you can have in your household as you plan how to manage your money. . Starting Points Your budget is your blueprint for keeping cash flow positive, and for sticking to your saving goals. Whether you’re single, supporting others, or have a partner, it’s essential to have …

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Early Withdrawals From Retirement Savings

Early Withdrawals From Retirement Savings Whether you find yourself laid off from work, facing a medical emergency, or confronted with a situation that you’re financially unprepared for, it may be tempting to withdraw from retirement savings—but there are penalties and consequences you need to consider before doing so. Early Withdrawal Penalties There are serious consequences to accessing your retirement funds …

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5 Steps to Prepare for a Big Purchase

5 Steps to Prepare for a Big PurchaseWhat does it take to decide on a big purchase? A financial journey typically includes several twists and turns – such as understanding how to manage spending, build savings, and control debt. There might be “speed bumps” in the form of unexpected changes in income. Along the way, you might also navigate milestone …

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Vacation Planning

Vacation Planning and Budgeting Planning a trip this year? Here’s what to know about traveling in 2021 and how much you should spend. Where Can You Go? As of April 2, 2021, the CDC has stated: “People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel safely within the United States.” While extra safety protocols are still being practiced in many …

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Talking To Your Partner About Money

Talking To Your Partner About Money Do you know how to have productive conversations around your finances? When it comes to talking with a spouse or partner about money, many people shy away. It can be scary—but it doesn’t have to be. Positive and frequent communication is key. Talk Often A great way to reduce the stress of talking about …

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The Cost of College Life

The Cost of College Life Going to college incurs a lot of expenses that aren’t listed on a tuition or room & board bill. Are you planning for all the day-to-day costs of college life? One of the many mysteries of college, especially freshman year, is what being there is actually going to cost. Sure, you know there’s tuition. But …

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Your Personalized Financial Wellness Assessment

Financial Wellness AssessmentKnowing your strengths and weaknesses is the first step toward building financial wellness. The Financial Wellness Assessment lets you take a step back, analyze your spending, budgeting, and saving habits so you can reflect on how you’re currently managing personal finances. This assessment addresses your individual financial decisions and goals before giving you recommendations on where you can …

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3 Tried and True Facts About Personal Finance

3 Tried and True Facts About Personal FinancesNo matter your age or stage in life, it pays to know the facts about personal finances. When you understand the basics, you can set yourself up for success and build a healthy financial future. Here are three facts to know about personal finance to get on the right track: Fact #1 — …