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  • Comparing Cards - Which one should you use?

    Posted on March 17, 2017 by Jake Ward
    It’s a decision that comes into play for every bill you pay, every tank of gas you buy and every coffee you pick up on the way to class or work. Cash, check or card? Debit, credit or prepaid debit? You make this decision so many times a day that it might seem common and unimportant. After all, different forms of payment are just different ways to access funds, so what difference does it really make if you put your breakfast sandwich on credit instead of debit?
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  • Know Your Checking Account

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jake Ward
    Checks hold an odd place in our personal finances. In many ways, checks seem like relics from a previous era. We maybe write one or two checks a month (usually for rent or similar bill-paying situations where electronic payment simply isn’t an option). This is vastly different from only a few decades ago, when checks represented more than 85% of all non-cash retail payments.
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  • Credit Score Breakdown

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jake Ward
    You’ve likely heard about credit scores before (thanks to all those commercials with terrible jingles), but what do you actually know about them? How long have they been around? And what’s the deal with checking them?
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  • Good vs. Bad Spending

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jake Ward
    When you start looking for financial advice (or any kind of advice, for that matter), experts will share their take on what’s "good" and what’s "bad." In personal finance, there are some classifications that we can all agree on: Debt is bad. Emergency funds are good. Overdrawing your account is bad. Earning interest on your savings is good.
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  • Boosting Your Credit Score

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jake Ward
    Credit scores are an area of personal finance that seem a lot more mysterious than they actually are. Many people believe that improving them is a matter of trial and error and, as a result, there’s a lot of "credit score advice" floating around that can end up doing more harm than good.
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  • Budgeting Basics

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jake Ward
    Learn why having a budget is important and what to include in yours.
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  • Choosing Your Financial Institution

    Posted on March 16, 2017 by Jake Ward
    Choosing the right financial institution is a big decision. There are many things to consider such as loan rates, online banking, financial planning and member service, just to name a few.
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  • Getting the Best Deal while Mortgage Rates Rise

    Posted on March 13, 2017 by Jake Ward
    It’s no surprise that the Federal Reserve Board has been gradually raising interest rates. This has an effect on mortgage rates as well. So, if you’re thinking of buying a home, sooner is better. Here are a few tips on making sure you get the best mortgage available.
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