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Enjoy These Travel Benefits With Your CASH + REWARDS World Mastercard®

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Apr 1, 2019 3:20:00 PM

As you make your summer vacation plans this spring, your Hanscom FCU CASH + REWARDS World Mastercard can offer you many travel benefits. Here’s how:

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Topics: Hanscom FCU, Saving Money

5 Big Mistakes Even Smart People Make with Credit Cards

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 30, 2019 1:39:24 PM

Despite the popularity of credit card accounts, it’s easy to for holders to make mistakes that can cost them money. These are the top blunders to avoid:

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Topics: Money Management, Debt, Credit Card

Do You Have Too Much Debt?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 29, 2019 1:05:45 PM

How do you know if you have too much debt? Whether or not you have too much debt is not always easily determined. However, there are certain signs that indicate that you are indeed experiencing some major financial trouble. It is important to be able to recognize these signs and to watch out for them in order to avoid the severest forms of financial trouble: bankruptcy and foreclosure.

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Topics: Money Management, Debt, budget

10 Tips for Financial Security After You Retire

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 26, 2019 8:26:41 AM

Not that long ago, people looked forward to retirement as a time of relaxation and leisure when one might travel the world or take up a new hobby. Increasingly, however, people preparing to retire are doing the math and realizing that the future doesn’t look so bright financially. The following 10 guidelines will help you enjoy a more comfortable retirement even in an uncertain economy.

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Topics: Savings, budget, Retirement

3 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Home Renovation Projects

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Mar 20, 2019 12:40:00 PM

Whether you decide to tackle a do-it-yourself project or hire someone else to remodel your kitchen, beautify your bathroom, or finish the basement, these three common mistakes can throw a wrench in your plans for a stress-free home renovation project.

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Topics: Home Equity, Home Ownership, Investment Property

5 Ways to Save Money on Contacts and Glasses

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Mar 18, 2019 3:59:40 PM

As one of the 45 million Americans who wears contact lenses, I’ve spent a lot of money on vision correction over the years. Unfortunately, I never really considered I might be overspending. Instead of shopping around for contacts, I simply ordered and re-ordered lenses from my optometrist’s office whenever I needed them without any regard to the price. I just figured it was the easiest and most practical option. And besides, how much would I even save by buying them elsewhere? A few dollars, maybe?

How about $70 per year?

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Topics: Savings, Deals

The 5 Benefits of Renovating Your Bathroom

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 15, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Looking for simple renovations that will give your home a face lift? Start with your bathroom, especially if you have pink tile and a baby blue toilet.  Outdated bathrooms can stop potential buyers in their tracks. Even if you're not looking to sell, it's nice to feel like you're living in the current decade. Besides increasing the value of your home, the bathroom can be a place to get creative and have some fun. Here are five major benefits a bathroom re-do can offer:

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Topics: Home Ownership

Estate Planning 101: The Difference Between a Will and a Trust

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Mar 7, 2019 7:25:00 AM

If you have children, assets, or children and assets, estate planning is a must. Avoiding estate planning is risky because it leaves the fate of your finances — and more importantly, the welfare of your minor children — up to others not of your choosing if you pass away (i.e. the courts). Even if your child-rearing days are behind you, it is so much easier on your loved ones if your last wishes are spelled out in a legal document.

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How Changing Your Name Affects Your Tax Filing

Posted by Diana Burrell on Mar 6, 2019 10:39:41 AM

It's tax time again, but there's something very different this year: someone's name has changed in your family. It could be because of a marriage, divorce, or your child's adoption. With a name change, it's important to take the following steps to ensure your tax return is accepted and processed without issue by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Topics: Divorce, Taxes, children

Raising Money-Smart Kids

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Feb 27, 2019 7:17:00 AM

Teaching children the value of money starts early. It start with every allowance, money gift, and wage that they receive. The following tips can make the difference between a child who grows up to be financially secure – and one who isn’t.

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Topics: budget, children, Financial Wellness

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