Fraud Alert By Phone Is Rising: Be Prepared

Please be aware, there has been an increase by fraudsters to create different scams and attempts to capture your personal information by cell phone.

Four Effective Tips to Getting out of Debt

If you have debt, you’re not alone. Whether it’s a mortgage, student loan or credit card balance, many people share your frustration, especially since debt can negatively impact your credit score, and prevent you from getting a loan.

…Now for the good news: paying off your balances is easier than you may think.

Planning Your Family’s Financial Future—Five Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re recently married or a parent to-be, congratulations! You have an exciting future ahead of you. To always keep your family financially secure, watch out for some of these common money mistakes:

Thinking only about short-term expenses

It’s easy to get caught up in all the little costs that hit you every week. But don’t forget the long-term expenses for your family. If you want to buy a home some day or send your kids to college, you’ll need to start planning now.

5 Reasons to Check Your Credit Card Statement

Most people give monthly credit card statements a quick glance before filing (or throwing) them away—if they view them at all.

But ignoring your statements is a mistake. If you already carry credit card balances, you may be missing some of the hidden costs digging you deeper into debt.

Are You Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck Without Knowing It?

What would happen if you didn't get paid for two weeks? A month? Would you immediately have to dip into savings or rack up credit card debt?

Many people who have moderate or even substantial incomes may be closer to living paycheck-to-paycheck than they think. Several factors may mask how quickly the money would run out if you missed a paycheck or two. 

How Much Car Can You Afford?

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One of the biggest mistakes people make when vehicle shopping is basing their decision on the monthly payment. This seems like a logical place to begin as you contemplate your vehicle choices and financial terms, but a vehicle purchase involves much more than simply the monthly payment.

Three Smart Steps to Buying Your Next Car

Buying a car is exciting. If you’re ready to shop, you’re probably thinking about size, gas mileage and that new car smell. But before you get too caught up in the details of your future ride, make sure you can afford it. A new car is rarely cheap, but if you make a realistic financial plan, you’ll be able to drive away happy.

How to Get More Financial Aid From Your Child's First-Choice College

Did you know that initial award packages of financial aid may be negotiable?

That means you might be able to get more money from your child’s first-choice college. In fact, your preferred school may increase an award, even after you've sent in your deposit indicating your child's intent to attend.

Five Reasons to Have a Home Inspection before You Buy

Five Reasons to Have a Home Inspection before You Buy

The journey to home ownership is intense. The search, the offer, the negotiations and the paperwork. It might be tempting to skip out on the home inspection, but that would be a major misstep on your part.

These Colleges Will Pay Tuition, but You’ll Work for It

When Collis Robinson attended Berea College in Kentucky, he worked typical campus jobs — cleaning restrooms and setting up events. But he also worked jobs students don’t usually do, including comptroller for the campus activities board and, as a senior, student director of the board.


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