Quicken vs. Mint: Which Budgeting Tool is Best for You?

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Budgets are nothing new. You know you should follow a budget. You want to follow a budget. Maybe you’ve tried using one before and failed. Repeatedly. Why is such a simple habit so difficult to maintain? In many cases, the difference between good intentions and budgeting success comes down to the budgeting tools you use. … Read more »

10 Side Hustles to Help You Earn More Money

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As a growing number of people realize their 9-to-5 jobs aren’t getting them any closer to their financial and personal goals, side hustles are becoming more popular than ever. The difference between a side hustle and an extra job is that the hustle allows you to build an income source the goes beyond merely trading… Read more »

10 Ways to Maximize Your Online Banking Security

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Before we go any further, let’s start by answering the question everyone is asking—yes, online banking is safe. As consumers have continued pushing for the convenience of mobile banking, most financial institutions have worked to stay ahead of the curve by implementing the latest digital security measures. But the most effective online security calls for… Read more »

Share Certificates vs. CDs vs. Money Market Accounts

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What is the Best Short Term Investment Option for Your Finances? Saving is smart. Investing is savvy. But when it comes to making your money work for you, there’s a catch. Traditional savings accounts rarely offer attractive rates, and popular investments (401Ks, IRAs, Roth IRAs, etc.) tend to tie up your money for a long… Read more »

5 Ways Joining a Credit Union Can Help You Build Your Credit

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There are plenty of excellent reasons to become a credit union member. Lower rates on loans. Higher rates on savings. Personalized financial service. A sense of community and ownership. The list of benefits goes on and on. But what about building a better credit rating? Is it possible that joining a credit union can help… Read more »

9 Steps to Fix Your Credit After Identity Theft

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Since 2015, more than 60 million Americans have been victims of identity theft, and the resulting losses total more than $100 billion. Financial losses may be the most immediate concern for identity theft victims, but the long-term effects of damaged credit can be the most frustrating. Fixing your credit after identity theft requires a strategic… Read more »

The Benefits of Mobile Check Deposit

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If it seems like everyone you know is using a mobile app to deposit their checks in the bank, that’s probably because they are. According to a recent Bankrate survey, 72% of millennials and 52% of Americans 50 and older use mobile deposit. And when you consider that approximately 95% of Americans own a cell… Read more »

4 Helpful Tips for Using Your Debit Card Overseas

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Debit cards make everyday purchases more convenient. Whether you’re at the gas pump, store register, or restaurant drive-thru, swiping your card has likely become your preferred method for completing a transaction. But if you’re planning a trip overseas, you may be wondering whether you’ll be able to use your credit union debit card while traveling… Read more »

Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Luxury Car

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When it comes to buying a car, you have a lot of decisions to make! New. Used. Make. Model. Compact. SUV. The choices can seem endless. But before you head to the car lot, here’s one more option to consider: Instead of opting for a brand-new economy model, could you get more for your money… Read more »