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9 Ways to Roll Back the Cost of New Tires

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 24, 2019 8:46:00 AM

Don’t let the cost of new wheels drive you crazy! You don’t have to burn money when you burn rubber. If you’re in the market for new tires, take these nine money-saving tips for a spin.

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Topics: Cars

Does adding insulation increase your home's value?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 23, 2019 3:38:00 PM

As a homeowner, I often find myself researching how to increase home value without draining my savings.  My neighbors seem to have some pretty creative ideas: one added landscaping, another updated a bathroom.  These ways were well and good, but I needed something a little different, something that would not only increase my home's value, but also help me in my day-to-day home ownership expenses.  The one thing I kept coming back to was insulation.

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Topics: Home Ownership, Mass Save

9 Benefits of Having a Good Credit Score

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 22, 2019 8:03:00 AM

My husband and I got into some financial trouble several years ago due to a job loss. We watched our credit card bills grow and our credit scores tank. It was a depressing time in our lives.

So we put away all the credit cards and changed to a cash-only lifestyle. Though it took a few years, my credit score is very close to 800 now. I went from being unable to qualify for credit to purchase a badly-needed new refrigerator, to opening up a mailbox full of credit card offers. I sleep much better now than I did then. Life is definitely much better with a good credit score.

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Topics: Credit Score, Credit Card

5 Steps to Financial Wellness in 2019

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 18, 2019 3:07:13 PM

“Manage finances wisely” is a popular New Year’s resolution. But it can be tough to stick to a goal this vague. Here are some specific ways to help you be money-wise in 2019.

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Topics: Financial Wellness, Budgeting

Busting the Myths of Mobile and Online Banking

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 18, 2019 3:06:13 PM

Over half of all U.S. adults use online banking services.* Are your concerns about banking online stopping you from joining in? You may be surprised to learn it’s more secure than ever and virtually anything that can be done in-person can now be done, well, virtually. Take a moment to erase your fears and dispel some myths of mobile banking.

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Topics: security, Online Banking, Mobile Banking

Scam Alert: Things the IRS Will Never Do

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 18, 2019 12:19:42 PM

Tax season is here, and it’s stressful enough without the threatening and aggressive tactics of scammers impersonating the IRS. In recent years, thousands of people have lost substantial amounts of money, as well as precious personal information, to tax scams. Although you may think you’re too savvy to fall victim, it’s important to remember that every year, criminals find new and creative ways to cheat you out of your money and identity.

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Topics: scams, Taxes, security

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

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