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How to Save Money on a Wedding

Posted in: Money Management

Numerous reports show the average cost of a wedding for U.S. couples nears $30,000. That’s an incredible amount of cash for just one day. While it’s important to celebrate the union, it’s also important to weigh the financial impact on your future. If the cost of your wedding affects your ability to pay bills, manage li...


Financial Checkups Throughout Marriage

So you’ve had the big "money talk," you’ve tied the knot, and now what? Are you dreaming of a big house, kids or even a luxury vacation? It takes a lot of work to reach those goals, and regular “financial checkups” are essential. What is a “financial checkup”? A financial checkup involves a regular review of yo...


What You Need to Know about Deposit Insurance in the U.S.

Posted in: Money Management

Exactly Who Insures What for Whom? Types of insurance plans in use today: 1. The U.S. Government accumulates a fund by making assessments against insured banks’ annual deposits. When a bank occasionally fails, and unless a healthy bank buys the failed bank and guarantees its deposits, the insured fund is drawn upon to pay ...


Small Life Changes that Make a Big Difference

Posted in: Money Management

You may be sitting on hundreds of extra dollars each month – without even knowing it. In today’s economy, that extra cash cushion could mean the difference between financial security and financial distress. Many people think the paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle is their only option, yet it is possible to save more money on ...


How to Avoid a Foreclosure: Three Steps that Can Save Your Home

Posted in: Homeownership

The recession has challenged homeowners from all backgrounds and all parts of the nation. Many are struggling to meet their mortgage payments and the threat of foreclosure is looming. This situation can be scary and confusing, so it’s important to fully understand all of your options. Many lenders are willing to negotiate l...