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How to Talk About Money in a New Relationship

Being in a new relationship is exciting! It’s fascinating to learn about your new partner, their life and what’s important to them. But one topic often gets overlooked because people aren’t comfortable talking about it — money. Unfortunately, that’s also the subject that ultimately derails many relationships. A lack of honesty about your respective financial […]

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Are You Missing Out On Government Benefits?

Now that many COVID relief plans have expired, Americans are looking for other ways to save money or supplement their income. While most people are familiar with programs like SNAP and Social Security, there are many other state and federal government programs available that can help people who are struggling financially. Let’s look at these […]

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Tips for Mixing Family and Finances

Mixing family and finances can lead to delicate situations. Whether you’re seeking help or willing to assist a loved one in need, it’s important to take steps to preserve your relationships before money switches hands. In this educational series, we’ll tackle some of the tough financial situations that loved ones face. We’ll equip you with […]

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Lend Money to a Friend

Most of us don’t think twice about buying a coffee or picking up the lunch tab for a friend who’s low on cash. But what about when a friend asks you for a more significant loan? Before you answer yes or no, ask yourself these questions. They can help you decide if you should lend […]

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Teach Your Teens These Credit Card Lessons

Giving teens a well-rounded financial education includes helping them understand credit cards. From the pros and cons of credit card usage, to how they differ from debit cards, giving your teen an understanding of the potential risks and rewards of using credit cards can help them avoid costly mistakes in the future. Let’s take a […]

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Adding an Authorized User — What You Need to Know

If you have a credit card in good standing, chances are you have received communication from the credit card company offering you the opportunity to add an authorized user to your account. It’s a quick, easy process. But there can be real financial consequences if you’re not careful about who you allow to charge on […]

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Financial Considerations When Getting Remarried

Preparing for marriage is always an exciting, joyful time. There are also financial considerations to take into account, and this is particularly true of couples who are remarrying after divorce or death of a spouse. Addressing these concerns before saying “I Do” can help minimize questions and concerns for both the couple and their extended […]

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Don’t Let Your Kids Catch You Making These Money Mistakes

When it comes to teaching kids positive financial habits, it’s important for parents to practice what they preach. If you talk about the benefits of frugality but your kids see you spending frivolously, which example do you think they’re going to emulate? Because actions speak louder than words, you don’t want to let your kids […]

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5 Ways Spenders and Savers Can Find Common Ground

If you believe the old axiom “opposites attract,” you won’t be surprised if you find yourself in a relationship with someone who’s different from you. But when money habits are one of those differences, your partner’s quirks can quickly go from charming to alarming. It is definitely challenging for spenders and savers to navigate being […]

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How to Conduct a Family Financial Audit

With the school year in full swing and the holidays quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to do a family financial audit. Don’t let the sound of it intimidate you. It simply means taking the time to evaluate expenses that affect the whole family and seeing where you can make adjustments to save money. Now […]

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