Category: Guest Blogs

What to Buy (and Skip) on Black Friday 2017

[ 0 ] November 7, 2017 |
What to Buy (and Skip) on Black Friday 2017

COURTNEY JESPERSEN It’s the most wonderful time of the year for shoppers. With huge sales and steep savings at nearly every retailer, Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has long been touted as one of the best times of the year for buying just about anything. But it won’t be all discounts and […]

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Overspending has become as American as Apple Pie (But it doesn’t need to be!)

[ 0 ] August 17, 2017 |
Overspending has become as American as Apple Pie (But it doesn’t need to be!)

If you overspend, you are not alone: the average American spends $1.33 for every $1 earned. Our spending habits have become so routine that we often forget the ways we are spending money on unnecessary things. Here are some tips to break bad habits, and set you up to achieve financial success. 1. Automate your […]

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What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back to School

[ 0 ] August 8, 2017 |
What to Splurge (and Skimp) on for Back to School

COURTNEY JESPERSEN   The first day of school isn’t here yet, but it’s not too early to start budgeting for the upcoming semester — especially considering the amount you’ll probably spend before the first class even starts. Families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $687.72 each on back-to-school […]

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Applying for Student Loans: Federal and Private

[ 0 ] May 10, 2017 |
Applying for Student Loans: Federal and Private

TEDDY NYKIEL March 24, 2016    Student loans aren’t created equal. Some are federal, some are private, some are designed to help financially needy borrowers, some offer lower rates or important borrower protections. Many students have to combine different types of loans to cover their college costs. “I am a huge fan of comparing what […]

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The Best Time to File Your Tax Return

[ 0 ] January 26, 2017 |
The Best Time to File Your Tax Return

Tina Orem July 8, 2016 Income Taxes, Personal Taxes, Taxes Timing is everything, especially when it comes to filing your tax return. Miss a tax-filing deadline by a day and you could be in for a world of hurt — and penalties. It’s never good to be late, but there are advantages to filing at […]

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ACH Transfers: How They Work

[ 0 ] September 19, 2016 |
ACH Transfers: How They Work

 SPENCER TIERNEY March 25, 2016 Banking, Banking Basics, Money Transfer   If you’ve sent or received money online before, odds are that an Automated Clearing House transfer was involved. Although you might not be familiar with that name, these ACH transfers account for the online bill payments you make and the direct deposits you receive, along with other transfers. […]

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The ABCs of EMV

[ 0 ] August 17, 2016 |
The ABCs of EMV

ERIN EL ISSA February 17, 2016 Credit Card Basics, Credit Cards E-M-V isn’t as easy as A-B-C, but it’s a lot less complicated than many people think. We stripped away the confusing tech-speak and nuances that don’t apply to consumers, and came up with some of the essential questions you may have about EMV chip cards. We spoke to EMV […]

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