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Five Tips to Avoid Getting into Debt

A goal everyone should have for themselves is to stay out of debt. However, staying out of debt has earned a bad reputation for itself as being no fun. The truth of the matter is that there are some practical ways to stay out of debt and still enjoy life!

Is Saving Money Good For Your Brain?

We all know we need to save more money, but did you know that saving money actually has positive psychological effects? For instance, having money saved in an account is linked to higher levels of happiness. Saving money can actually lower your stress level and has the power to change your outlook on life from a negative to a positive.

Three Tips for Sticking to Your Budget During Financial Planning Month

October is Financial Planning Month, and with the new year right around the corner, now is a great time to make sure you are on track to meet your short and long term financial goals. Here are three tips to keep your spending in check and finish the year out strong:

5 Ways to Stretch Your Money Through College

The college years are almost synonymous with a tight budget and substantial financial concerns. Many college students fall heavily into debt, including credit card debt, because they have a lifestyle that they simply cannot afford. Others graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. 

5 Ways Rich People View Money Differently

One of the great pieces of American mythology is that the rich somehow have some special ability that the rest of us don't have. Are they smarter than we are? Are they more clever, or do they just have unbelievable luck?

Is It Time to Consider Debt Consolidation?

For better or worse, debt happens.  However, when debt becomes overwhelming, it may be time to consider debt consolidation.  I'm sure you've turned on the television, or surfed the web, and seen countless ads for debt consolidation loans from hundreds of lenders. Debt consolidation can give you piece of mind and get you back on the right financial track.

The Difference between Buying and Leasing a Vehicle

Is it better to lease a car or buy a car? It really depends on the specifics of each individual situation and well worth the time to consider both. Take the time to do your research and to think through all of the options that are best suited for you. We’ve put together some information to help you better understand the difference between buying and leasing a vehicle.

Why You Should Be Wary of Debt Consolidation Offers by Mail

Recently, we had a member who received a debt consolidation offer in the mail. She was preapproved for a $90,500 signature loan at a rate of 3.87% to consolidate high interest credit card debt. Understandably, she was concerned that she received this mailing and more so, a preapproval for a loan she didn’t want or more importantly, need.

How Much to Save for Retirement

Saving and investing for retirement doesn't have to be complicated. There are plenty of reputable financial advisors out there to assist you along the way. The key is to determine how much to save for retirement based on what you'll realistically need, and then develop a plan to achieve your goal.

10 Quick and Easy Tips for Saving Money

Sometimes we all just want to be able to wave a magic wand and make our wallets fuller and lives easier. Unfortunately, magic isn't real so that’s never going to happen. Sigh. Instead, here are some quick tips on saving money that are easy to follow and totally do-able!