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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

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

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 Hanscom Federal Credit Union 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

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: Money Management, Divorce, budget

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, Savings, budget

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: Debt, budget, Work

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