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Budgeting for College – Some tips to keep you in check

Ah, sweet freedom. If you’re about to head to college for the first time, then you’re probably already getting excited about the idea of being out on your own. You’ve got so much to look forward to, but your new adventure comes with greater responsibilities, too – especially where money is concerned. Budgeting for college students isn’t easy, but it’s worth the effort. Creating a budge... Continue Reading »

4 Retirement Tips to Help Ease Your Transition

If you’re like most new retirees, you probably have a wish list of things you look forward to doing in your free time. Travel. Visit with your grandkids. Do more volunteering. It’s a great time in your life, but it’s also a big transition financially, as you move from relying on employment income to living on your retirement savings. With this in mind, we’ve put together another important ... Continue Reading »

Personal Loans – The Payday Loan Alternative

Unexpected expenses may leave some folks scrambling to get their hands on fast cash, but before you sign up for a payday loan, it’s important to first consider a much better option: a personal loan. Taking out a personal loan from a credit union will leave you with more money in your wallet and far fewer fees to pay. Personal loans can be used to pay for just about anything you need, such as ... Continue Reading »

Key difference between credit unions and banks

At first glance, banks and credit unions can seem so similar that people may not recognize the differences between them. After all, both offer checking and savings accounts, loans, mortgages, and wealth management, among other services and products. But when you take a closer look, you’ll notice a distinctive difference between credit unions and banks when it comes to rates and dividends. Her... Continue Reading »

Saving money in your 30s – act like it’s college

With college expenses, potentially low-paying first jobs, and trying to get a firm financial foothold, your 20s can be a challenge when it comes to money management. But as you ease into your 30s and find yourself with more financial security,there are some struggles worth keeping in mind – even better, turn them into strategies for long-term financial health. Here are some tips on saving mon... Continue Reading »

Get smart about spending: Using a credit card wisely

Are your credit cards collecting dust or racking up frequent “swiper” miles? Whether your cards are dormant or constantly in use, you may be guilty of common credit card blunders that are costing you precious time and money. But learning how to use a credit card wisely can help ensure you’re taking full advantage of its benefits. We’ll show you how. Reap this benefit: Convenience Like... Continue Reading »

Boomerang Kids – Adjusting Your Budget for Their Return

Just when you think your nest is empty, it fills right back up! Adults returning to live with their parents are affectionately referred to as boomerang kids, and while many parents don’t mind the temporary return of their offspring, it can certainly result in extra expenses around the house. Luckily, some small adjustments can keep your once-again-full house from breaking the bank. First of a... Continue Reading »

Save Money by Reading the Fine Print

It’s a recurring theme for financial success: know what you’re getting yourself into. Whether you’re opening a checking or savings account or applying for a loan, reading the fine print is one of the best ways to ensure you fully understand the financial product. Below, learn how to save money by paying close attention to the terms and conditions. Know your loan terms While applying fo... Continue Reading »

First Paycheck? Make it go further on a budget

Ah, there’s nothing like the thrill of getting that first paycheck from your first “real” job after college. You’ve probably spent it a million different ways in your head already, but before you use up the real thing, take a look at our tips for creating a budget. Get started on the right foot by allocating funds to savings, retirement, and more. And don’t worry: We’ll leave some room... Continue Reading »

Estate planning – it’s not just for retirees

When many adults hear the words “estate planning,” they immediately assume it’s something their parents should be thinking about. But it’s worth considering at a young age, says Beverly Hobbs, AAMS®, an LPL Financial Advisor with Cobalt CU Wealth Management, especially if you’re a parent or guardian. “We think of estate planning as planning for retirement, but it’s really not s... Continue Reading »