Category: Money Matters

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

Avoiding Credit Card Fraud: How to Keep Your Holidays Happy

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the season to give back, give thanks—and give gifts! And with all those wish lists to cross off, your holiday shopping is sure to give your credit card a workout. Here’s the bad news: For credit card thieves, the holiday season truly is the most wonderful time… Read more

Digital Wallet: Shopping Has Never Been Easier

In the golden age of technological conveniences, our smartphones have become our new best friends. And why not? Everything you need is packed into that tiny world. Taking a road trip? Get turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps. Want to listen to your favorite artists? Pull up your Spotify playlist. Have to deposit a check? The… Read more

Are You Ready to Become a Homeowner?

Whether you’ve been renting for years or are ready to move out and live on your own for the first time, the prospect of buying a home is very exciting—and a little overwhelming. There are a variety of things to consider when determining if home ownership is the best next step for you. Why buy… Read more

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