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3 Easy Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Apr 3, 2019 6:34:00 AM

First came eBay and Craigslist. Today, those old-school sites are just the tip of the iceberg for selling your stuff online. Now it's all about smartphone apps and social media to sell stuff that no longer, as Marie Kondo would say, “sparks joy.” Possibilities include OfferUp, Poshmark, and Facebook Marketplace, to name a few. But which is best? Well, that totally depends. Each has its pros and cons, and the best choice for you depends on what you are selling and how much time and effort you are willing to devote to the process. So here's a rundown on three well-known buying-and-selling apps.

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Topics: Savings, Tips

Earn More With a Certificate Laddering Strategy

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Apr 1, 2019 4:12:01 PM

Hanscom FCU’s certificate accounts are a smart and safe way to reach your savings goals while letting you earn a great rate. However, you can earn even more when you use a laddering strategy with your certificates.

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Topics: Savings, Hanscom FCU

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

5 Ways to Save Money on Contacts and Glasses

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Mar 18, 2019 3:59:40 PM

As one of the 45 million Americans who wears contact lenses, I’ve spent a lot of money on vision correction over the years. Unfortunately, I never really considered I might be overspending. Instead of shopping around for contacts, I simply ordered and re-ordered lenses from my optometrist’s office whenever I needed them without any regard to the price. I just figured it was the easiest and most practical option. And besides, how much would I even save by buying them elsewhere? A few dollars, maybe?

How about $70 per year?

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Topics: Savings, Deals

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

This free Fritter Finder can help you save money

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 26, 2018 2:50:00 PM

Fritters? Yes, please! Frittering? No, thanks! It's time to stop frittering your money!

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Topics: Savings, budget

CU Thrive: The Automated Savings Program That Pays 5.00% APY*

Posted by Diana Burrell on Dec 20, 2018 1:57:00 PM

If you've ever wished there was an easier way to save for a down payment on a new car or build an emergency savings account and get a great rate of return on your money, you need to check out our automated savings program, CU Thrive. Right now, it's paying a 4.89% dividend, a rate that's really hard to beat. Here's how it works.

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Topics: Money Management, Savings

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

6 Ways Subscription Boxes Can Save You Money

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 5, 2018 9:18:00 AM

Years ago, if you had a subscription to something, it was probably for a magazine, newspaper, or compact discs (remember “eight CDs for penny?”). Today, it seems you can subscribe to just about anything via a subscription box and maybe even save a little money to boot. Dinner, razors, new outfits, cleaning supplies – you name it, there's probably a merchant out there with a subscription box to suit your needs ... or wants, whims, and wallet!

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Topics: Savings, budget, Deals

7 Winter Energy Savings Tips

Posted by Trish Reske on Oct 29, 2018 4:31:00 PM

Heating your home can be expensive, and this year it may be more so. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is forecasting that heating bills for American families will be higher than last year because of higher forecast energy prices. They predict natural gas bills to rise by 5%, electricity by 3% and home heating oil by a whopping 20%. How can you cut the high costs of heating your home this winter? Here are 7 winter energy savings tips that'll bring the cost of heating your home down:

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Topics: Savings, budget, Home Ownership

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