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Ways to save money this summer

Tue, 22 Jun 2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Saving Tips Home & Family

Summer is coming up quickly and with an end in sight for the pandemic, you may be itching to get out into the world. But remember to do so safely and economically! There are many ways to enjoy the season on a budget and save.

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Financial moves to make before you graduate college

Mon, 03 May 2021 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family

Managing your money is an important part of being on your own and the sooner you start preparing for your financial independence, the better off you’ll be. Here are four moves to make before you get that diploma.

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How to raise financially smart children

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family Saving Tips

Whether it's playing an instrument or figuring out how video games work, a child’s brain can make active connections quickly. The same is true for understanding financial literacy.

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Tips for improving financial literacy today

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 | Reading Time: 6 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Planning for Retirement

“Financial literacy” is a buzz phrase that you may have discussed on money shows or podcasts, or written about in articles. But being financially literate is more than just a trendy concept, it’s something that can help you in all aspects of your financial life.

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Tips for rebuilding your emergency fund

Mon, 08 Mar 2021 | Reading Time: 6 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family

Even if you anticipated the possibility of a crisis by building an emergency fund, the money you saved to stay afloat in these uncertain times could now be gone. So what do you do when your emergency fund is gone? Here are some tips.

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An older couple meet with a financial professional to discuss their retirement money

Money moves you should make after you retire

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Planning for Retirement

The way you handle your finances in retirement is just as important as it was before you left the workforce. You need to ensure you don't outlive your money, so you can enjoy your golden years in comfort. Here are some suggestions on how to be money smart in retirement.

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Tips for financial stability in uncertain times

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Saving Tips

To help you navigate your money, here are seven steps you can take to keep your feet on solid financial ground in unpredictable times.

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6 ways to make your financial resolutions stick

Mon, 04 Jan 2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Following through with those resolutions is a lot harder than making them. Oftentimes, our resolutions don’t even make it past the first couple of months! If you're looking to break the cycle, here are six ways to help you stay focused on your 2021 goals.

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Important federal tax deadlines to know

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Now that the end of the year is fast approaching, you may be wondering what you need to get for your 2020 taxes. Here is a filing breakdown in chronological order to help you get your calendar updated.

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Tips for revamping your budget before the New Year

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Life Insurance Saving Tips

As we look forward to the New Year, now is the time to work toward a fresh start. Here are six tips to help you strengthen your finances, budgeting, and more.

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Holiday gifts that help your kids learn about money

Mon, 07 Dec 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family

Gifts that show children how to handle finances can be a great way to get them interested. Here are some ideas for presents that can help educate your kids about how money works.

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How to prepare your finances at the end of 2020

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

The end of 2020 will be here soon, so it’s time to review your finances. From making sure you hit financial deadlines, to reviewing your portfolio, to reassessing your life insurance coverage, there are many items to include on your year-end checklist. Here’s what you should do before 2021 arrives.

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Financial planning steps for single parents

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Life Insurance

As a single parent, it’s easy to feel financially overwhelmed when you’re on your own. But with some planning and effort, you can handle the responsibility while raising your child. Here are seven financial tips to help you manage your money and build financial security.

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How to prepare for end-of-year costs

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Saving Tips

The end of 2020 will be here soon, so it’s the perfect time to review your finances. It’s important to make sure you are setting yourself up to make healthy financial choices for next year and the future. Here are eight end-of-year financial planning moves that can pave the way for financial success in 2021.

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Ways to help keep financially focused during the pandemic

Mon, 12 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Annuities Budgeting & Debt Management

Whether or not you’ve been affected by COVID-19, it’s important to have a focused plan for your finances. Today’s uncertainty could very well impact your life and your financial security. Here are some ways to help effectively manage your finances during the pandemic.

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How to improve basic financial literacy

Mon, 05 Oct 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Financial literacy means having the ability to understand the money issues you’ll face in your life, and being equipped with the skills to navigate your finances effectively. So, why is it important to be financially literate? Here are some important factors to consider.

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How to make a monthly budget

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management

Creating a budget and sticking to it is one important financial move you can make. A budget can help you spend less time wondering where your money went and you’ll be actively working to achieve your goals. In other words, a budget can help you take some control of your life. Here are six ways to help you start crafting your budget.

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Budget-friendly ways to cut food costs

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Saving Tips

Are food prices straining your budget? It might be time to reevaluate your shopping strategies and eating habits. The cost of groceries can be a big household expense, but with a few changes, you could save a lot. Here are some tips:

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Financial steps before starting a family

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family

Having a child is incredibly exciting, but it can also be expensive and stressful. To get ready for your new child and all the emotional and financial changes that come with raising a newborn, you should do some planning. Here are some tips to help you welcome the newest addition to your family and help keep your family finances in order!

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How to talk about college costs with your teen

Mon, 06 Jul 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Budgeting & Debt Management Home & Family

Many teenagers looking to go to college are under the impression that their parents will foot the bill. However, the reality is that most parents are not able to cover that entire cost. To help your kid afford higher education, it is important to have open and honest communication about the costs. Here are a few important discussion strategies.

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