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3 Common Money Management Mistakes

Posted by Maria Porto on Jan 17, 2019 8:18:00 AM

Kevin O’Leary is a probably best known as one of the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank. As a successful entrepreneur, he is a well-known millionaire. I recently learned that he is also an advocate for financial education and his Cold Hard Truth books are worth a read for anyone who is trying to control their finances.

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Topics: Money Management

The 3 Things You Must Do with Your Student Loans

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 16, 2019 5:21:00 AM

The job market looks good for new college graduates. Last year's college graduates entered the strongest job market in over a decade and good news for 2019 graduates -- employers plan to hire 16.6 percent more new graduates than they did last year. And if you chose a hot field of study, you may have several offers to choose from after graduation. That’s great, because before you know it, you'll be repaying the loans that helped you get your degree.

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Topics: College, Debt

What You Need to Know Before You Pay Your Credit Card Early

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 15, 2019 9:14:35 AM

You thought you were being responsible by making the minimum payment on your credit card a month early, so you're surprised — and peeved, let's be frank — when a late fee appears on the following month's statement.

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Topics: Credit Card, Online Banking, budget

What to Do When You're in a Credit Crisis

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 11, 2019 6:33:00 AM

Do you get a cold, clammy feeling when you think of your credit card bills? You’re not alone. According to Experian, the average American carries a credit card balance of $6,354. Heightened anxiety is only one sign that you may have bitten off a bigger bite of plastic than you can chew.

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Topics: Credit Card

7 Steps to Building Your Post-Divorce Budget

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 10, 2019 1:52:00 PM

 

You could be in the position to splurge on a sexy, sporty sedan to celebrate your divorce. On the flip side, the loss of your spouse’s income contribution to the household could be greater than your drop in expenses.

Either way, a post-divorce budget will let you know where you stand with your finances, help you avoid getting whacked with surprise expenditures, and keep you on a steady course of financial stability.

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Topics: budget, Divorce, Money Management

Home Equity FAQs - How long will it take to process the loan?

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Jan 10, 2019 8:55:00 AM

Normal processing time from application to closing for a home equity application is 2 - 4 weeks depending on the complexity of the loan request. So what exactly happens during the home equity application process?

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Topics: Home Equity

5 Easy Ways to Cut Monthly Expenses

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Ever notice how your monthly expenses always seem to equal whatever salary you’re making, even after you get raises? The phenomenon is called “lifestyle creep” and it can keep you from reaching all kinds of financial goals, from paying down debt, to saving for retirement. One way to get lifestyle creep under control is to have any future raises you get direct deposited into savings – like a 401(k) account through your employer, or an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). But here are five things you can do right now to cut your monthly expenses.

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Topics: Money Management, budget, Savings

6 Benefits to Using a Password Manager

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 6, 2019 8:13:00 AM

While it might not seem like there is much the average person can do to stop ID theft from happening, there are steps individuals can take to minimize personal risk. One of the most practical ones? Ditch the jot-it-down-on-a-notepad method of password tracking in favor of a secure software application that generates and stores passwords on your behalf. In other words, get yourself a password manager, stat.

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Topics: security, scams

4 Ways to Manage Medical Debt

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 5, 2019 7:12:00 AM

Unfortunately, when you get sick or injured, getting better is often not the only concern. Even if you have health insurance, hefty medical bills can hang over your head like an ominous rain cloud. Many people feel that they have no choice but to ignore the bills or eventually file for bankruptcy. However, these are not the only options. There are many ways you can make paying your medical bills more manageable.

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Topics: Debt, Money Management, Financial Wellness

A 9-step Plan for Dealing With Unexpected Job Loss

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 3, 2019 6:17:00 AM

Job loss ranks as one of the top stressful events we encounter during our lives, right up there with a death in the family, a serious illness, and divorce. It not only can crush you emotionally and wreak havoc with your self-esteem, it can devastate you financially, especially when you're unprepared...and let's face it, most of us are caught short when we're handed a pink slip. The financial impact of job loss is probably the toughest challenge to face during this time, so it's critical to develop a plan that reduces as much financial stress as possible. Here are nine steps to take when you're facing unexpected unemployment:

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Topics: Work, Debt, budget

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