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Great Gift Ideas for the College Graduate

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 20, 2015 7:44:06 AM

It’s graduation season! Many college graduations have already taken place, high schools are finalizing the details of their commencement ceremonies and I’m getting ready to get on a plane to go celebrate my youngest son’s college graduation. It’s a very exciting time!

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Topics: Money Management

Life on a Budget: 8 Free Events in Boston This Week

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on May 18, 2015 7:48:35 PM

A handbell festival, stargazing, and a history lesson are just a few of the things you can enjoy in Boston week — at no charge! So grab your friends, neighbors, kids and Grandma, too! Tell them it’s on the house.

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Topics: Money Management

Financial Advice for Your College-Bound Student

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 15, 2015 7:41:00 AM

When I went off to college (a hundred or so years ago), my parents took me into the local bank, set me up with my first checking account and that was it. No sage advice. No spreadsheet. No CliffsNotes version of Personal Finance 101.

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Topics: Money Management

What is an iBranch?

Posted by Patti Conty on May 14, 2015 3:20:51 PM

The future of personal banking is here. It’s the new Hanscom, FCU iBranch, located at 47 Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington, Massachusetts. The emphasis is on the personal.

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Topics: Online Banking

An Important Step on the Path to Adulthood: Your First Checking Account

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM

There are several milestones associated with growing up and becoming an adult. Getting your driver’s license. Registering to vote. Graduating high school.

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Topics: Money Management

The Biggest Financial Concern Divorcing Couples Have

Posted by Bill Burpeau on May 8, 2015 9:06:00 AM

It is widely known that divorce is expensive.  By the time you add up attorney’s fees, court costs, mediation costs, and possibly the cost of refinancing property, a divorce can cost as much or more than a wedding.  But the expense of a divorce is not the biggest financial concern most people have.

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Topics: Divorce

Building a Budget After Divorce

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

There are few things in life that can throw a wrench in people’s finances like a divorce. The loss in income is likely greater than the drop in expenses. There may be joint debt that you have to figure out how to repay and wills, life insurance policies, and other documents that are now outdated. If you and your ex-spouse divided up financial responsibilities – for example, you did the budgeting and he or she took care of retirement planning – you may be worried about handling tasks you did not have to deal with before. However, by arming yourself with knowledge and taking the time to create a new plan, you can have a financially successful future.

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Topics: Money Management, Divorce

Happy Mother's Day! 5 Free Boston Areas Events This Week

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on May 4, 2015 11:39:00 AM

The National Retail Federation recently reported that Americans plan to spend an average of $172.63 on Mom this year for Mother’s Day. But if your wallet just isn’t having any of that, we have some ideas.

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Topics: Money Management

Debt and Divorce: The Basics

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 4, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Divorce can be a long and painful process – but add debt issues to an already emotionally heated experience and the fire can quickly rage. To cool the situation down and do the right thing for you both, it is important to know the facts about debt and divorce.

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Topics: Divorce

10 Tips to Get Your Finances in Order Before a Divorce

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on May 1, 2015 2:43:00 PM

Divorce is traumatic — emotionally, physically and financially. I know — I’ve been there. There’s a lot to worry about, especially if you have children, which is why you need to take control where you can. The best place to start is with your finances, which can easily become a huge mess if you’re not careful.

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Topics: Divorce

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