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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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5 Fun and Educational Financial Apps for Kids

When it comes to teaching kids about money and financial topics, there are more resources available than ever before, including apps. Chances are your kids spend plenty of downtime looking at their screens, so why not make that time productive with apps and games that teach them about money management, banking basics, investments, and more? […]

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Avoid These First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

Buying a home for the first time is a huge step. It’s a decision that can move you closer to financial stability or take you further away, depending on the choices you make during this critical time. Here are some common first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid on your way to owning a piece of the […]

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Understand These Financial Terms Related to COVID-19

Americans are continuing to adjust to ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are collectively watching and reading more news, which means we are hearing and seeing a number of terms that may be unfamiliar. In addition to medical jargon, there’s also a lot of talk about employment and finances. We wanted to provide a […]

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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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What is Credit Utilization (And Why Does it Matter?)

When it comes to establishing and maintaining a good credit history, one term you’ll hear frequently is credit utilization. But what exactly does that mean, and why is it important? Let’s take a look at what it is and what it means for you. What is Credit Utilization?   When calculating a credit score, the […]

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5 Surprising Personal Finance Beliefs

With all the world’s information at our fingertips, you’d think consumers would have a good grasp of basic financial information. Surprisingly, many people still don’t understand some of the fundamental concepts of personal finance. Or they continue to believe old, outdated or just plain incorrect information. Let’s take a look at some personal finance beliefs […]

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The Fundamentals of Building a Credit History

Establishing and maintaining a positive credit history is necessary to reach a number of important milestones, including buying a vehicle, purchasing a home and financing an education. Yet, many people don’t understand the basic building blocks of a credit history. Let’s take a look at the fundamentals of building a credit history.    Managing a […]

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Talk About These Financial Topics with Your Graduating Teen

If you have a son or daughter who is about to graduate high school, congratulations! It’s a huge milestone for both of you. And whether they are planning to head off to college or go straight into the working world, there are several financial topics you’ll want to address with them first. Let’s take a […]

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Discover 2 Free Ways to Potentially Increase Your Credit Score

If your current FICO credit score is lower than you’d like, you probably already know that it can hold you back from receiving manageable interest rates on credit cards, vehicle loans and other types of loans. Traditionally, raising your credit score can take considerable time and effort. This leads some consumers to try “quick fix” […]

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