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4 Ways to Simplify Last-Minute Out-of-Town Shopping

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 15, 2014 3:30:00 PM

So you've made that promised trip to visit the in-laws in Ohio this holiday season. Of course, with all the travel planning, you still have a few gifts to pick up. Before the hustle of the holidays puts a lump of stress in your stocking, read through these easy ways to manage your money while on the road. 


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How Life is Better with Mobile Banking

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 10, 2014 10:35:11 AM

Mobile banking has improved my life.

A couple of years ago I was standing in line at Costco with a cart full of cases of paper towels, peanut butter, trash bags and several other things I couldn’t live without, and it dawned on me that I didn’t have enough money in my checking account to cover it all (stuff adds up FAST at Costco and you can only use cash or a debit card to pay).

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Topics: Money Management

Be Money Wise at Tax Time: 5 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Dec 5, 2014 2:27:42 PM

Tax season is slowly approaching and after the gifting holidays, you might be tempted to spend your entire refund on something you don’t really need like a new wardrobe, the wide-screen TV you’ve been wanting, golf clubs, or another non-necessity. It’s okay to spend a little for yourself, but being responsible about how you spend your refund now will be a huge help in the months to come. And don’t forget to use the 30-40-30 plan to pay for your past, present, and future.

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Topics: Money Management

Life is Sweet with Online Bill Pay

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Dec 1, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Do you still write checks and use snail mail to pay your bills? If so, you’re missing out on one of the greatest inventions of the modern age — Online Bill Pay.

Where would we all be without it? It has truly changed my life for the better.

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Topics: Money Management

College Done, Your Next Assignment Is Retirement Planning

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 26, 2014 12:00:00 PM

During your 20s and 30s, with college in the rearview mirror, your focus often turns to preparing for milestones such as marriage, starting a family and advancing professionally. What many young adults may not realize is that this is also the best time to start planning financially for retirement. Here’s what you can do right now to make sure you’ll be set once you’re done with work.

Know your requirements

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Topics: Retirement and Investing

VIDEO: What Are You Thankful For This Holiday Season?

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Nov 25, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Happy Thanksgiving from Hanscom Federal Credit Union! Here are a few things that we are thankful for this year. What about you? What are you thankful for this holiday season? Share in the comments below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYe820DQt6s&feature=youtu.be
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Stop Paying ATM Fees!

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

I don’t know about you, but I hate wasting money. Don’t get me wrong… I have a Starbucks problem that I know is a waste of money, but I really love their drinks. But truly wasting money - having nothing to show for it - kind of kills me. 

That’s why I never, ever go to an ATM that charges me a fee for the privilege of getting my money. And you shouldn’t either.

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Topics: Money Management

How to Avoid Breaking the Bank on Black Friday

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 19, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Thanksgiving is marked by consumption. While helping yourself to that third serving of your aunt’s mashed potatoes may lead to little more than a stomach ache, spending too much on Black Friday sales the next day could really rattle your finances. Here’s a look at how to avoid succumbing to the many temptations you’ll face over the next few weeks.

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Take Advantage of Shared Branching This Holiday Season

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 17, 2014 10:54:00 AM

I want to start by clearing up a big misconception. Despite popular belief, credit unions have just as many branches as the biggest banks. It’s true.

And it’s all thanks to Shared Branching. More than 3500 credit unions from all over the country participate, so there are branches everywhere. All you need to do is look for this symbol at a participating credit union.

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Topics: Money Management

Negotiating a Lease in Six Easy Steps

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Oct 28, 2014 7:06:00 AM

Meet Tom. He lives in Boston and rides the T to work - he can walk or ride his bike almost anywhere else he needs to go. He’s just been offered a great job opportunity - a 2-year placement outside the city - and he’s going to need a car. Since it’s temporary, leasing a car makes the most financial sense.

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Topics: Autos


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