Category: Money Matters

Your Used Car: Should You Sell or Should You Trade It?

Have you decided it’s time to upgrade your ride but need to beef up your new car fund? Selling your current car is a great way to get the extra cash to help you get your dream car. Simple, right? Not so fast. First you need to determine whether it’s better to sell it yourself… Read more

What Can Mobile Banking Do for You?

Maybe the better question is what can’t it do for you? Mobile banking isn’t new to the financial game. In fact, it’s the third most popular app among Americans, barely trailing weather apps and bested significantly only by social media. Yet some still aren’t using their mobile banking app at all, or to its fullest… Read more

Your Teen Wants a Checking Account: Now What?

As a parent, you’ll be there to experience so many firsts with your child: From their first step and word to their first day of school and missing tooth. Among these first steps on their journey to adulthood is one of the biggest that can often get overlooked: their first checking account. This is more… Read more

HELOC: It May Just Be Your Most Versatile Untapped Resource

If you’ve read our recent blog comparing home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) to home equity loans, you already know the fine points of a HELOC, including how your home’s equity is determined, its competitive interest rates, potential tax advantages, and how you can access your money. Now it’s time to take a closer look… Read more

First-Time Homebuyers’ Quiz: Can You Ace It?

There are certain milestones in every person’s life they will always remember, from learning to ride a bike and graduating high school to getting married and starting a family. Often, there’s no true way to prepare for these moments other than to enjoy them. But there is one major life milestone where there is no… Read more

HELOC vs. Home Equity Loans

Home equity line of credit (HELOC) and home equity loan: If you’re a homeowner, chances are you’ve heard of these lending products, but how much do you really know about them? Let’s start with the basics: Both the HELOC and the home equity loan enable you to borrow against your home’s equity – the value… Read more

Tips to Help Recover Your Financial Footing

Looking to Improve Your Credit Score? It’s a number that tells the story of your credit history and can greatly affect your ability to obtain a loan or a credit card. Ranging between 300 and 850, a credit score is used as the indicator of how financially stable a person is. Those on the low… Read more

New Year, New Ways to Save More

The holidays are officially over: No more decorations, parties, or presents—no more holiday spending, either! Chances are, you gave your checking account quite the workout over the last few weeks, but now it’s time to replenish your available balance and start saving. Experts recommend you set aside at least 15 percent of your income every… Read more

Debit vs. Credit Card: Which Should You Holiday Shop With?

The holidays are finally here! And with them, the familiar sounds of the season: Children laughing, festive music, snow falling—and the proverbial cha ching of all the holiday shopping you need to do. From decorations and food to presents for the whole family (and more), this can be a very expensive time of year. That’s… Read more

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