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Where to Do Your Tax-Free Shopping This August

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Aug 1, 2019 9:31:55 AM

Back-to-school shopping becomes a little less taxing this August for consumers in many states. A number of states have approved a sales tax holiday, allowing consumers to purchase certain items without paying the corresponding taxes. This “holiday’’ may not be marked with parties and cards but it's truly worth celebrating for bargain hunters looking to reduce their expenses.

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Topics: Holidays, Taxes

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

A Three-step Plan to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 2, 2019 7:26:00 AM

At the start of a new year, many of us take the opportunity to reflect on the past 365 days and consider what we might change going forward. 

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Topics: Holidays

How Much Should I Tip at the Holidays?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Do you give holiday tips to the people you appreciate and rely upon to make your life easier throughout the year? If so, you are in the majority. Consumer Reports conducted a survey of 2,013 adults earlier this year, and roughly 60 percent of them tipped one or more service providers last year, parting with an average of $45 in tips, mostly cash.   

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Topics: Holidays

25 Money-Saving (No Grinch!) Christmas Ideas

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 12, 2018 10:05:00 AM

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 

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Topics: Money Management, Holidays, Savings

10 Holiday Home Improvement Tips

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 28, 2017 11:11:38 AM

The holidays are a great time of year for entertaining family and friends. But, you may look around your house and think about sprucing things up before you bring the first guests in. You don't have to put large amounts of money out to get a nice impact for the holidays as well as your home's value. Here are 10 holiday home improvement tips that will boost your home equity value.

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Topics: Home Equity, Holidays, Home Ownership

4 Ways to Send Money for the Holidays

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 8, 2017 7:30:00 AM

My grandmother, known to all as Nana, always sent a little something to her grandchildren for birthdays and holidays. Once she tucked a few dollars inside a Halloween card when I was at college, telling me to spend it however I wanted. “Even on pizza,” she wrote.

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Topics: Money Management, Holidays, security

Get Creative! Ways to Lower Holiday Spending

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 18, 2017 7:15:00 AM

Holiday spending is often a spending plan-buster. The expenses can be numerous: presents, wrapping paper, cards, decorations, food, and travel, to name a few. Yet in these tough times, few people have thousands of dollars to spend. If you do not have the funds to buy everything you want, there is no need to despair. A little bit of creativity and energy can get you through the holidays without draining your wallet.

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Topics: Money Management, Holidays, Debt

Millennials are apped to love a holiday gift card

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Dec 12, 2016 7:50:15 AM


If you are looking for gift ideas for the millennials on your holiday list, take a peek at the apps on their phones. A recent study by the Mercator Advisory Group shows loyalty rewards and incentive programs on retailer apps are fueling millennial interest in gift cards.

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Topics: Holidays

It’s Not Too Late for These New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Maria Porto on Apr 21, 2016 3:11:38 PM

I was recently reading a Career Builder survey that showed the top employee New Year’s resolutions. There were five outlined and I’ll share them here, but first let me ask you this. April is almost coming to an end, so how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Are your plans still on track? Do you even remember what they were?

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Topics: Holidays

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