Tips & Tools
| Request Your Annual Credit Report |
Read here how to find ways to keep up and maintain your credit reports. Learn how to get FREE credit report and how to read it.
| Small Drips in Your Personal Budget? |
A small savings leak can lead to a flood of money that could have been places in your rainy day savings account. Learn how to stop these budget drips.
| Protecting yourself from Identity Theft |
It isn't hard as long as you have useful information to help you out. There are do-it-yourself tips and software programs that make it difficult for a criminal to hack your personal information.
| Smart Uses for a Home Equity Line of Credit |
Homeowners may be tempted to take out a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to satisfy their immediate needs or wants.
| || Housing Terms to Know Before Buying or Renting |
If you are in the market to buy or become a renter, familiarize yourself with these common housing terms.
| 10 Tips to Green Your Home & Save Money |
Whether you are a renter or a homeowner, chances are you care about protecting the environment - and saving money.
| 7 Pointers to Help Seniors Live at Home Longer |
The vast majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes as they grow older. The following are some tips for those considering this option.
| || 5 Questions When Choosing Your First Home |
Moving into your own place can be exciting and frightening at the same time. Consider the following questions when choosing your own home.
| || 6 Ways to Save for Your Down Payment |
Before you can make the transition from renting to owning a home, you will need to have a substantial down payment.
| 6 Items for your New Home's To-Do List |
Now that you're settled into your new home, there are six important things you need to consider.
| 7 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score |
An important step to finding a home, whether you're renting or buying, is ensuring that you have a good credit history.
| Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) |
If you have a question about your mortgage, here is a resource for free help, additional information, and answers to questions.
Articles for College and Graduate Students
| College Doesn't Have to be a Dept Trap |
The increasing costs of higher education are a part of our current reality, but breaking the bank doesn't have to be.
| Financial Tips for College Students |
College students are managing their finances alone for the first time. Here are a few tips to help freshman manage their finances away from home.
| How Will You Pay for College? |
You might be wondering how you're going to help pay for post-secondary education. The best way to pay for college is to be a smart consumer.
| Avoid These Common Mistakes When Starting Out |
College graduates may be ready to take on the 'real world' but will they be prepared to encounter - and survive - some of the most common financial mistakes.
| Grads Living at Home, a Path to Independence |
Parents can learn to collaborate together with young adults in order to help them achieve financial independence while living at home post graduation.
Debit & Credit Articles
| Protect Your Financial Data with your Credit Report |
When was the last time you checked your credit report?Your credit score affects many aspects of your life. From interest rates on large purchases to applying for a job.
||| Debit Card Tips You Should Know |
Learn about debit card limits, the difference between PIN and Signature Based transactions and how to avoid overdrawing your account while using your ATM.
| || Smart Credit Matters |
Learn what a credit score is, why a good credit score is important, and what actions will positively or negatively impact your score.
| Overdraft Protection: Is it right for you? |
Sometimes mistakes happen, which may cause you to overdraw your account. There are services to help protect you from paying major fees.
| CD Laddering to Maximize Your Returns |
Learn from smart investors how to set up a CD strategy that helps you maximize on the best interest rates, while still enjoying flexibility.
| Use your CD to Stretch Your Dollars |
Did you know that you can use your Certificate of Deposit (CD) as collateral to secure a loan? This is a little-known, and under-utilized option that can be used to make a purchase.
||| ABCs of Different Ways to Save |
All good savings plans start with setting money aside before you have a chance to spend it. Learn a few 'Save First' techniques.
| Financial Fitness Tips |
Getting a handle on your finances can seem like a massive chose. Just like organizing the garage, getting financially fit takes planning and dedication.
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