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Avoiding the most common home-buying pitfalls

July 2017

Avoiding the most common home-buying pitfallsThe summer season is often a popular time to consider a home purchase. Perhaps it’s your first time buying, or maybe you’re looking to transition to a new neighborhood. Regardless, purchasing a home is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, and if you’re not adequately prepared, you could lose thousands of dollars and/or end up with a home that does not suit your needs.

6 Financial Aid Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

July 2017

While many colleges will soon send bills for this fall’s tuition, most won’t expect payment until late summer. That gives college-bound students and their families time to finalize financial aid details. Here are six basic, but crucial, things to know about using student loans, scholarships and more to pay for college.

Smart ways to save on your dream wedding

June 2017

Smart ways to save on your dream wedding With shows like “Say Yes to the Dress,” star-studded celebrity weddings splashed across the tabloids and extravagant images of invites, flowers and bridal shower gifts showcased on Pinterest and Instagram, it’s no wonder The Knot claims that couples spent an average of $32,641 on weddings in 2015. Ouch!

Why You Should Get Preapproved for a Car Loan

June 2017

When shopping for a new car, many people overlook one important step: getting preapproved for an auto loan. It's a simple process that can make car-buying go more smoothly and save you money.

Tips to snag the best summer travel deals

May 2017

Tips to snag the best summer travel deals Who doesn’t dream about summer vacation? Whether you crave the feel of sand between your toes, wish to explore a big city or perhaps desire a mountain cabin escape, there is something special about traveling during the summer months.

How to Budget When You Have Seasonal Income

May 2017

Rewarding careers don't always come with a steady paycheck. For people who work in agriculture, construction, tax preparation, entertainment, landscaping or other types of freelance and seasonal businesses, income may vary wildly depending on the time of year. This uneven cash flow makes budgeting especially challenging, but it's by no means impossible.

Here's how to budget for long-term financial stability when your income changes with the seasons.

7 Banking Tips for Young Millennials

April 2017

Once you start receiving your first paychecks after graduation, knowing how to spend or save your money wisely can be tough. While you may be able to do your banking with just a few taps on your phone, managing money well is much more complicated. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

College Financing 101

April 2017

College Financing 101 College tuitions have been rising almost 6 percent above the rate of inflation for years, and it appears as if those costs are not slowing anytime soon.

Time to Spring Clean your Finances

March 2017

Time to Spring Clean your Finances As you begin to pack away the winter coats and de-thaw your plants and lawns, don’t forget to dust off your financial records and goals in the prime spring cleaning months.

Here are five tips to institute now to help keep your finances on track and head into the spring and summer months with strong savings goals.

Strategies to Supersize Your Savings

February 2017

Piggy BankThere are a host of stories revealing that Americans’ saving accounts are in trouble. Many live paycheck-to-paycheck, and retirement account balances are not where they should be.

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