Insight

It’s Tax Time—All Year ‘Round!

April 15 is the deadline for filing your taxes, but the preparation process continues throughout the year—every season offers its own opportunities to affect the amount you have to pay.

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Posted by Kelly Nelson on March 11, 2020

Money for College: Don’t Forget FAFSA!

Do you have children heading to college next year? Have you filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? There’s still time—but not much!

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Posted by Richard Lemay on February 12, 2020

Emergency Funds: Why You Need One

Even if you have a great handle on your finances, unexpected challenges such as losing a job, dealing with an injury or illness, or having to help a family member in need can threaten your financial stability. It doesn’t take much to throw your monthly budget off track.

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Posted by Kelly Nelson on February 6, 2020

Income and Expenses: Groundwork for the Future

Making money, and spending it, is a part of everyday financial life.

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Posted by Kelly Nelson on January 22, 2020

Celebrate National Scholarship Month—by Looking for Scholarships

It’s no secret that the cost of a college education has grown over time. Finding ways to pay for college that don’t involve borrowing has become ever more important to students and their families.

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Posted by Richard Lemay on November 19, 2019

What You Need to Know About Credit Scores

Keeping track of your credit score is a crucial piece of maintaining your financial well-being. Your credit score is like getting a grade for all the good work you’re doing with your finances—or it can serve as a reminder that you could be doing better.

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Posted by Richard Lemay on October 16, 2019

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Buying a Home

Preparing to purchase your first home can be daunting. Make sure you’re ready by asking yourself these five questions first.

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Posted by Sarah Powell on June 11, 2019

Little Ways to Save Add Up

From Thanksgiving through New Years, many of us throw caution to the wind. We spend more and we eat more, and even now, many of us are recovering from all that excess.

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Posted by Richard Lemay on March 5, 2019

10 Things You Don’t Realize Could Hurt Your Credit Score

Having a good credit score is imperative to anyone applying for a mortgage. Learn what might be bringing down your score.

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Posted by Sarah Powell on June 11, 2018

Five Steps to Start Saving—Today!

If saving were as easy as spending, we’d all be sitting on nest eggs the size of mountains. Unfortunately, most Americans struggle to save, and many carry more than $10,000 in debt on their credit cards.

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Posted by Richard Lemay on July 12, 2017

Saving for College Tuition

The days seem long gone when kids could work summer jobs and save up enough money to pay a substantial portion—if not all—of their college tuition. Today, students borrow tens of thousands of dollars to cover the cost of their college degrees, and it seems the price tag is only going to go up.

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Posted by Richard Lemay on

5 Tips for People Paying Two Mortgages

Paying off two mortgages can be a huge financial burden. Here are five ways to make it more manageable.

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Posted by Jim Giller on August 17, 2016

5 Things You Should Know About Credit Counseling

Credit counseling can be a long process, but it is one of the best ways to get your finances in order and put yourself and your family in a position where you can build wealth and improve your credit scores.

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Posted by Sarah Powell on July 29, 2016

Buying a New Home? Here’s What To Think About First

Buying a home is one of life’s most exciting events, and we’re always honored to be a part of it!

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Posted by Sarah Powell on July 25, 2016

What Is a Debt-To-Income Ratio?

Learn about how banks calculate your debt-to-income ratio and how this number affects your ability to get a mortgage.

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Posted by Sarah Powell on May 31, 2016