Recent Blog Entries

The Best Deals on Wheels for College Students

You've shopped for weeks and you've packed for hours. Now, you're finally ready to load your trunk and pull out of the family driveway toward your next stage in life.

Which set of wheels will accompany you on your rite of passage into the grown-up world?

Yes--you've chosen your college, your major, and perhaps your roommate. Now it's time to choose your car.

There are loads of factors at play when making this decision, though.

First, you'll need to determine if it makes more sense for you to lease or to purchase a car.

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Skip-a-Payment: Free Cash Flow With A Summertime Break From You Loan Payment

Q: Summer puts a strain on my budget because of extra expenses! I’ve been looking for a way to get through it without racking up a huge credit card bill. I’m considering skip-a-payment. What do I need to know?

A: Summer expenses can bust any budget. Skip-a-payment will give you more breathing room during this expensive time of year.

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Newlyweds: Don't Let Financial Stress Take The Cake

Of all the things to discuss before marriage, finances are the least exciting. Statistically, money is the top reason couples argue and financial arguments are among the top predictors of divorce.

So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some ideas from the experts:

Talk To Each Other

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Fidget Spinners: Harmless Fad or Mega Distraction?

Fidget spinners are everywhere. Initially marketed as a sensory toy, the hand-held gadget experienced a wild surge in popularity and, within days, became a must-have for every child and teenager across the county.

The basic fidget spinner is built with three prongs centered around a circle. Flick a prong, and the triangle shape spins, almost like a ceiling fan.

The toys don’t do anything too exciting, and yet the fidget spinner and its cousin, the fidget cube, now dominate 49 of the top 50 rankings on Amazon.

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7 Bad Financial Habits you Need to Break Right Now

Human beings are habit-creating machines, craving any mental or physical shortcut that lets us focus on higher-level thoughts, such as what’s for lunch or developing theories about Netflix dramas.

Bad money habits are more difficult to steer out of than other automated behaviors like driving a car. Why? Financial peace of mind is a much more subtle reward than the satisfaction of navigating a half-ton piece of metal through city streets without death or injury.

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Financial Self Defense

Charging Your Phone In Public? Watch That Port!

Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Even if it's just there in case of emergencies, having a charged cellphone can provide a serious sense of security. That's why, when the battery meter starts to tick down, a cold sense of panic rises in your stomach.

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How Debit Card Fraud Happens and How to Avoid It

For many people, debit cards are the perfect plastic. They offer most of the conveniences of credit cards with no risk of accumulating debt.

But like credit cards, debit cards are vulnerable to rip-off artists. And debit card fraud is particularly scary because thieves can withdraw money directly from your checking account.

Here's how debit fraud happens and how to protect yourself.

HOW IDENTITY THIEVES OPERATE

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Whose Fault is Fraud? The Complicated Reality of Debit Card Transactions

When you use your debit card, you can see interaction among three parties:

1.) You tell a merchant you’d like to buy something.
2.) That merchant tells your credit union to pay money from your account.
3.) Your credit union asks you to authorize the transaction.

If something goes wrong in that process, you assume it’s the fault of one of these three parties. In the modern financial world, though, nothing is simple.

Here’s a look at three other places a financial transaction could go south and how to protect yourself.

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