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Managing Your Money in Times of Change

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 17, 2020 10:25:51 AM

Moving to a new city? Changing jobs? Beginning or ending a relationship? All of the above at once? New life changes can be exciting, but also overwhelming. No matter where life takes you, you’ll want to stay in control of your finances.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Life Changes

How to Keep Your Financial Resolutions in 2020

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Jan 1, 2020 12:15:00 AM

It's now 2020, a number synonymous with clarity and vision.

So what better time to take a good, hard look at your finances?  

Consider making a resolution to save money, one of the best ways to secure many happy new years ahead.

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Topics: Insurance, Investments, Personal Finance, Life Changes

How to Deal With Credit Card Debt on a Fixed Income

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Living on a fixed income is hard for anyone, but for senior citizens, it’s especially challenging. Rising health care costs, insufficient retirement benefits, and longer life expectancies make a fixed income even more difficult. With limited dollars stretched in too many directions, many retirees have turned to credit cards to cover the shortfall. As a result, an increasing number of seniors find themselves having to repay large balances while still needing to cover necessary living expenses. However, if this sounds like you, don’t worry. You can take steps to relieve the pressure.

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Topics: Credit Cards, Personal Finance, Life Changes

5 Hidden Wedding Costs That Can Surprise You

Posted by Monica Parks on Dec 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM

There are two sides to the engagement coin: it’s a time full of love & joy, and it’s also a time full of stress and to-do lists. Not only are there literally hundreds of decisions to make, nearly all of them come with a cost. Some couples even opt to take out a personal loan to fund the wedding of their dreams.

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Topics: Life Changes

Should You Add Your Child to Your Credit Card?

Posted by Diana Burrell on Dec 2, 2019 3:00:00 PM

When my son was 16, I made a decision that many of my friends with teenagers thought was a little "out there": I let him have his own credit card.

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Topics: Credit Cards, Life Changes, Credit Score

4 Questions to Ask Before Remarriage

Posted by Sandra Quadros Bowles on Oct 28, 2019 1:08:30 PM

Oscar Wilde wrote, "Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience." The Irish writer had a good point. People who are widowed or, specifically, divorced know that marriage isn’t always a fairy tale, and it doesn’t always end happily. But that doesn’t stop people from trying again, particularly as they grow older.

Statistics show that 67% of those ages 55 to 64 who were previously wed will remarry. But there’s another sobering statistic these couples should consider. On paper, at least, they are more likely than not to experience another marriage upheaval, which is why you and your partner should sit down and ask each some questions before giving marriage a go again.

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Topics: Life Changes

How to Keep College Debt in Check

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Oct 21, 2019 1:16:00 PM

Move over, credit cardsAmericans now owe about $1.5 trillion in outstanding debt for U.S. consumers according to the Pew Research Center, surpassing what’s owed on credit cards and auto loans. Is all this debt worth it, and how can you keep college debt in check?

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Topics: Personal Finance, Life Changes

Debt and Divorce: 5 Basic Facts

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 19, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Divorce can be a long and painful process – but add debt issues to an already emotionally heated experience and the fire can quickly rage. To cool the situation down and do the right thing for you both, it is important to know these 5 basic facts about debt and divorce.

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Topics: Personal Finance, Life Changes

A Financial Guide to Planning Your Funeral

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 8, 2019 9:43:24 AM

Planning a funeral is not what most people would envision as a fun way to spend an afternoon, especially if it is your own funeral that you are planning. However, it is a task that should not be neglected. A funeral costs can quickly rise to upwards of $10,000, and without proper planning, loved ones can be stuck with bills they cannot afford to pay.

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Topics: Life Changes

6 Things to Know About Leaving Money and Assets to Minors

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Oct 3, 2019 4:23:42 PM

You’ve thought long and hard about who will take on guardianship of your minor children in the event of your death, and you want to make sure that a) this trusted friend or family member has enough money to cover the costs of raising them and b) your kids will have the funds to eventually pay educational costs and/or get their adult lives started.

The truth is, the process knowing how to distribute your assets is overwhelming, so we’re here to help with 6 things you should know about leaving money and assets to minor children.

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Topics: Life Changes

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