FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Feb 18, 2020 3:00:00 AM tax season

Changes to the FICO Score in 2020 - What You Should Know

One of the best ways to keep track of your financial health is to monitor your credit score. This number helps to determine your eligibility for different kinds of loans (personal, mortgage, auto, etc.), rentals, credit cards, and more. We’ll get right down to what you need to know about the changes to your score this year, but it is essential that you also take the time to understand why your FICO score is so important.

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Feb 11, 2020 3:00:00 AM tax season

What You Need to Know for Tax Season 2020

It’s almost that dreaded time of year again when we have to start preparing to file our taxes. For many of us, this process might already be well underway. In reality, tax season 2020 may be the last thing that any of us wants to think about, but it’s important to stay on top of it. Waiting until April to file will make it much harder to meet with frantic tax advisors and find all of the documents you need, all while that sound of the clock is ticking inside your head.

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Feb 4, 2020 10:00:00 AM credit information

What Steps Are You Taking to Improve Your Credit Score?

It’s February, which means that a few of our enthusiastic and well-intentioned new year’s resolutions may have started to fall to the wayside by now. After all, it’s hard to stick to a healthy diet when your kitchen’s full of leftover holiday cookies. We’re all human, and it’s normal to slip on a goal or resolution now and then. But there’s one that you should bring back to life: taking steps to improve your credit score.

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Jan 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM Savings Tips & How To's

How to Know if You Are a Victim of Fraud

Recently, we published an article about the importance of checking your credit report annually. We cannot stress enough as to the importance of this activity. After all, doing so allows you the opportunity to dispute potentially erroneous information on your report, and you can become aware of negative information in your file. Another benefit, however, to checking your report annually comes from the ability to ensure that you are not a victim of identity theft or other fraudulent activities.

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Jan 14, 2020 3:09:35 PM Savings Tips & How To's

Setting a Budget and Living Within Your Means

Last week, we provided insight into the importance of checking your credit report once per year. On a parallel path to working through inaccuracies or negative information on your credit report, your next step is to establish a budget that will help you get ahead. Though many Americans live paycheck to paycheck, this can be dangerous territory. It is simply not a sustainable process. And, if something goes wrong such as you incur an unanticipated medical expense, you experience a job loss, or other, you can quickly find yourself in a position where staying on top of your bills is no longer possible.

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Jan 7, 2020 3:00:00 PM Savings Tips & How To's

Start 2020 Off Right with a Credit Report Review

2020 is here - a new year and a new decade. If you are like most Americans you have probably established a few New Year’s resolutions. If 2020 is like 2019 (and many years before that), you are likely resolving to get in shape, lose weight, eat healthier, improve your approach to self-care, learn a new skill, get a new job, or manage your money better. And managing your money better is a critical lifestyle change that will help you become financially healthier (and mentally healthier too).

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Dec 23, 2019 1:09:00 PM Savings Tips & How To's

The Importance of Credit Scores

You are more than a number. You are a living, breathing person with hopes and dreams. You are a truly unique and special soul.

But when it comes to your credit, well, you’re kind of a number.

As many people know — especially people with bad credit — credit scores are very important to lenders. These three-digit scores are calculated using a variety of factors and banks use them when determining if they should give you a credit card, line of credit or loan. The lower your score is, the bigger a risk a lender thinks it will be that they’ll get their money back from you.

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Dec 9, 2019 1:42:09 PM Savings Tips & How To's

Holiday Survival Guide: Finance Edition

The holidays are full of joy and cheer to end your year. The time with family and friends is a gift that never ends.

OK, let’s be real. The holidays are hard. There’s a lot of pressure to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones and see everyone in a limited amount of time. And we won’t even get into what it’s like to try to have a conversation with that uncle. You know the one.

Another reason the holidays can be difficult is because of your finances. Every commercial, every store, and every event is encouraging you to spend a little bit more than you should.

How can you survive the holidays with your finances intact? We’ve got you covered with this survival guide.

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Oct 29, 2019 2:50:53 PM Savings Tips & How To's

How Do Interest Rates Actually Work?

They say it takes money to make money. The hard truth is that it also takes money to borrow money, though it kind of works in reverse.

The general idea behind loans is that a lender provides a sum of money in return for a promise that the borrower will pay that money (and some more) back within a specified period of time. So, any loan is a tradeoff where you as the borrower say, “Having X dollars today is important enough to me that I’m willing to pay you back Y dollars.”

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Sep 9, 2019 12:59:59 PM Savings Tips & How To's

How Financial Fees Pack a Punch

Credit cards, bank accounts and loans all have a few things in common — none more obvious than fees. There are so many potential fees that it’s hard to keep track of all of them.

By doing your homework before you borrow money or rack up credit card debt, you can determine the right path for you. Spotloan, for instance, is a short-term installment loan that prides itself on having no hidden fees.

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