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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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How To Step Up Your Savings

"Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT) "Pay yourself first.” That’s a popular piece of savings advice. You should be regularly saving at least 10% of your income. That may not seem realistic…

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