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How to Raise Your Credit Score

Whether you are trying to take out a mortgage on a house, lower your interest rates, or simply save money on future loans, your credit score is an important number. It reflects your past financial trustworthiness and tells businesses and banks whether you are responsible with your money. Improving your score, therefore, can help save thousands of dollars and make dealing with banks and loan officers much easier. Here are five steps you can take to improve your score.

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Everything You Need to Know about Refinancing Your Mortgage

Money is the number one stressor in the United States, and a big part of that stress is mortgage expenses. While refinancing your mortgage—replacing your current mortgage with a new one—can save you thousands of dollars, eliminate years of high interest rates, and alleviate much of that stress, it may not always be the right decision. Here are some factors you should consider before calling your mortgage lender.

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8 Small Changes That Can Lead to Huge Savings

Reevaluating your finances and making changes can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are eight small changes you can make in 2023 that can lead to huge savings.

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5 Tips on How to Vacation on a Budget

Looking to take a trip this winter, but afraid of how much it will cost? Here are five tips on how you can vacation without breaking your budget.

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3 Tips to Help Kids Understand Money

From birthday and holiday gifts, to allowances and part-time jobs, children slowly begin to earn money as they grow up. Some high schools teach personal finance as part of their curriculums, but students still find it difficult to navigate the world of spending and saving. With student loan numbers rising, it is important to talk to your children about how to save money from an early age.

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The True Cost of an Online Bank

Over the last ten years, there has been a substantial growth in online banks. Are you familiar with the type?

Their style of business avoids operating physical branches and instead, focuses on being entirely digital. And while these banks can be great for some, it's important to understand their true cost.

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3 Reasons Why Local Decisions Are Better

In our massively connected age, one can easily get swept up in the momentum of the global community. And while a wide scope can be great, it's also important to remember the benefits of staying local. So, we thought we'd share 3 reasons why we think local decisions are better.

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5 Tips From The Automatic Millionaire

Do you know of David Bach? If you'd like to be a millionaire, then you should. Bach became a self-made millionaire at age 30. And with his book The Automatic Millionaire, he's more than happy to share his tips to help you get there, too. So, here are 5 of Bach's best tips from The Automatic Millionaire.

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Emergency Preppers: Are Your Finances Ready?

You’re driving down the road and your tire blows out. You’re sitting at home and see water leaking through the roof. You’re trying to cook dinner, but your oven won’t turn on. These are all events that can happen to anyone, but you can be prepared to handle these circumstances if you have an emergency savings fund.

First, let’s clarify emergency savings from your regular savings. Your regular, day-to-day savings account might have funds that you’ve been saving to purchase that new TV or latest espresso machine.

Your emergency savings fund is different and should be kept separate from your fun savings.

Let’s explore common questions when it comes to emergency savings.

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5 Things First-Time Home Buyers Need to Know

Buying a home is an exciting adventure, but for first-time home buyers, it can also be overwhelming. Let's talk about 5 things you need to know before making that big purchase.

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