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  • 4 Things to Do with Your Tax Return

    Posted on February 01, 2019 by Jake Ward, CMSE – VP of Marketing
    Last year, more than 70% of Americans got a refund on their federal income taxes. Are you one of the many who’s expecting a tax refund this year? There are a lot of smart choices that you can make with your refund. Let’s go over a few:
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  • 5 Tips to Help you Budget for a Wedding

    Posted on January 15, 2019 by Jake Ward, CMSE – VP of Marketing
    If you’re reading this, it’s either because you’re getting married, or a loved one is and you’re helping to pay for the wedding. Either way, congratulations! There are few life events happier than a wedding. At some point, though, you may find that the stress of wedding expenses clouds some of the joyousness of the occasion. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are a few tips to help you manage that wedding budget and reduce your stress level.
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  • Small Savings Goals can Yield Big Dividends: Learning to Save

    Posted on January 02, 2019 by Jake Ward, CMSE – VP of Marketing
    Experts will tell you that you should have 3-6 months of living expenses saved up in case of an emergency. That’s great advice and definitely something to aspire to. But for many people, that goal is just too far-reaching, and can be so overwhelming that they’re discouraged from saving at all. If that’s you, then we encourage you to start with a smaller savings goal. For example, did you know that the typical loan from a payday lender is $300-$400? But if you have to borrow from a payday lender, the fees you pay to borrow the money can equal an annual percentage rate of 300-400%. That can be extremely difficult to overcome, especially for people living paycheck to paycheck. So if you are currently one of approximately 25% of Americans with little to no savings, now is a great time to change that! We encourage you to set a savings goal, even a small one that will keep you away from payday lenders. Once you develop a habit of savings, it will get much easier. Trust me.
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  • Turn Your Tax Refund into Savings

    Posted on January 25, 2018 by Jake Ward, CMSE – VP of Marketing
    Many people view tax refunds in the same way they do their Christmas bonus: Fun money!! You hear people telling each other what they're going to do with that extra chunk of change. I've heard everything from buying a pool to paying for a vacation to splurging on a twelve course meal. While these are all great, they certainly don't help you financially.
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  • America Saves Week - Take the Pledge

    Posted on March 02, 2017 by Jake Ward, CMSE – VP of Marketing
    America Saves Week (February 27 – March 4, 2017) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. Each year, we encourage savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically.
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  • Funding For Higher Education

    Posted on July 22, 2014 by Kristel Stopoulos – VP of Consumer Lending
    Paying for higher education is a monumental task. Use different financial resources to take the load off of your mind and wallet.
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  • Summer Vacation: Keep Your Eye on the Prize

    Posted on June 26, 2014 by Jake Ward, CMSE – VP of Marketing
    Did summer vacation sneak up on you? There may not be time to save for this year’s getaway, but we can help for next!
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