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Before You Consider a Loan for Your Wedding

Posted by Matthew M. Robare on Jul 22, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Weddings are expensive affairs. From renting tuxedos and buying dresses, to hiring venues, a DJ, and caterers, walking down the aisle is a lot more complex than when my grandparents needed a justice of the peace, a witness, and a blood test. As a result, the matrimonial-industrial complex has gotten so big and so competitive that an increasing number of young people are taking out personal loans to finance their weddings – and an ecosystem of lenders has appeared to compete for their business, according to The Washington Post

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Topics: Weddings, budget

Your Family Summer Budget-Friendly Bucket List

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jun 21, 2019 9:52:00 AM

A recent study reported that in 2018, the average American family spent $1,200 per person per year on vacations. If you are looking for more affordable options to entertain the family this summer, look no further. Here are eight low-cost summer activities for the whole family:

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Topics: Holidays, budget, children

How to Pay for Your Child's Extracurricular Activities

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Jun 5, 2019 12:40:00 PM

 

If you're the parent of a child who's involved in extracurricular activities, you know the participation costs can really add up. Classes, lessons, uniforms, equipment, competitions, tournaments...the list goes on. It's easy to join the 46% of parents who spend more than $1,000 annually on one (just one!) extracurricular activity, according to a recent survey by CompareCards.

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Topics: budget, children, Teens

How to Rent an Apartment

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Apr 20, 2019 7:46:00 AM

Renting an apartment may not be as big a financial commitment as buying a house, but if it's your first time looking for a place to call home, the apartment rental process can feel just as daunting. Our guide covers the basics so you can move into your new home with as few bumps as possible.

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Topics: budget

Here's How to Tell If 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

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

4 Strategies to Manage Irregular Income

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Feb 21, 2019 6:48:00 AM

How can you make a budget when you are never sure how money will be coming in? It's a dilemma that many entrepreneurs, artists, and commission-only salespeople face. If doing the work you love to do is important to you, here are four things you can do to manage an unsteady source of income:

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Topics: Money Management, budget, Work, Business

7 Reasons To Keep Your Landline

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Jan 24, 2019 1:32:48 PM

If you reside in cellphone-only household, you're not alone. More than fifty percent of adults in the United States live in households without landline telephone service according to a 2016 survey by market research firm GfK MRI, a number that is sure to be higher today in 2019. Compare that with 2010, when the total number of households with cell phone-only service was just 26 percent. Clearly, the cellphone-only lifestyle is the new normal. But is this new normal the best choice for everyone? For some people, keeping that trusty landline is a smart move, even if it costs a little extra each month.

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Topics: Money Management, budget, children

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: Online Banking, Credit Card, budget

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