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How to Start an Emergency Fund

You’ve probably heard that everyone should have an emergency savings fund. But a recent survey showed that 29% of Americans have no emergency savings at all. The Federal Reserve Board found in 2015that 46% of adults didn't have enough in savings to cover a $400…

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Mixing Money and Marriage

Congratulations! You got engaged over the holidays, and there’s a lot of planning to do. You’re probably thinking about seating plans and flowers right now. However, one of the first things to plan is how you and your future spouse will combine…

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Avoiding a Common, Costly Budget Mistake

By Matt Bell Homes and cars are typically two of the biggest expenses for most people. With a house, just think of the mortgage, the property taxes, and the insurance.With a vehicle, even if you don’t have a loan, just think…

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5 Things to Do Before Buying a House

5 Things to Do Before You Buy a House Are you looking to buy your first home? Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting married and starting a family, or maybe you’re just tired of renting. But before you start thinking…

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3 Reasons To Love Shared Branching

What’s shared branching and why is it important? Shared branching is a network of credit unions that support each other by allowing the members of each credit union to do their banking at any network location. All you need is your credit…

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How To Keep Money From Derailing Your Relationship

"Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matthew 6:21, NLT) Do you feel comfortable talking about money with your spouse or significant other? If not, you're not alone; disagreements about money are one of…

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Budget Your Way To Financial Freedom

"Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” (Proverbs 21:5, NLT) If you’re like most people, the word "budget” makes you cringe a little as you imagine ramen dinners and patched-up jeans. But there’s…

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Keeping Stewardship Simple

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7, NIV) "I’ll start tithing when I’m older." "I can’t give that much.…

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Beating the Budget Blues

Behind every financially successful person is a smart budget. Many young people do not think they need a budget because they do not have a high income, or they think budgeting is too hard and time-consuming. They spend as much…

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7 Finance Tips For College Students

"Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.” (Proverbs 9:6, NLT) Congratulations! You’ve just been accepted to your dream college! You’re about to start an exciting new adventure, but are your finances ready? These tips…

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