Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

saving money on closing costs

How to save money on closing costs

April 7th, 2016 Scott Schroeder

When you’re buying a house, costs can add up quickly. In addition to the actual down payment for the new home, there are countless other charges and fees that you need to shell out before you can move in. Thankfully there are things you can do to lessen the financial burden before you close. Here’s […]

Save for college

4 alternatives to 529 college savings plans

March 21st, 2016 Diane Meggers

Considering all the costs involved with raising children, saving for college is no easy task. After paying all the bills and putting some money towards your nest egg, it can seem like there’s no money left for college savings, let alone discretionary spending. However, for most parents, putting their children’s education on hold is not […]

Warning signs of ID theft

Warning signs of identity theft

February 17th, 2016 Carrie White

When it comes to ID theft, everyone is at risk. Millions of Americans have their identity stolen every year and it’s one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. In 2014, more than 1.5 million complaints of identity fraud were reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and with the large number of data […]

Creating a budget and sticking to it

January 22nd, 2016 Jeff Johnson

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a plan for your money, where you could keep track of every penny coming in and going out? A plan that could help you stay on track, reach your goals and aim for that dream vacation? Good news! You’ve been able to do this all along! So, […]

christmas shopping

Shoppers beware of store credit cards this holiday season

November 30th, 2015 Sandy Bailey

“Would you like to save 15 percent by opening a store credit card today? It will just take a few minutes!” These are words many of us are all too familiar with. It’s free money, so what’s the harm, right? Wrong. Although we could all stand to save some additional cash during the holiday season, […]

The "Know before you owe" rule is now in effect.

“Know before you owe” home financing rule now in effect

November 13th, 2015 Barry Green

New federal rules took effect last month designed to make it easier for you to know what you’ll owe when you apply for a mortgage. The changes are a result of new federal rules designed to protect homebuyers from misunderstanding the terms of their loans. It stemmed from the realization that many homebuyers weren’t able […]

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How does a HELOC work?

October 19th, 2015 Kathy Blackford

As a homeowner, it’s more than likely that you’ve heard the term HELOC before. A HELOC, which stands for home equity line of credit, gives you the ability to access the equity you have built in your home as a line of credit. This can be beneficial for you because it can serve as a […]

auto loan

Wheels and Deals: Finding an auto loan that’s good to go

September 25th, 2015 Scott Jamison

Buying a car can be exciting, but don’t lose sight of how you will pay for it. Here are some tips on financing a vehicle with an auto loan. Check your credit. Review your credit reports long before you go to purchase a car. Correcting inaccuracies, such as an erroneous history of late payments, can […]

Power of attorney

What is a Healthcare Power of Attorney and how important is it?

September 4th, 2015 Anna Moyers Stone

Advance Directive.  Healthcare Power of Attorney.  Living Will.  Healthcare Proxy.  What are these documents?  Do you need them?  Do you have them already?  If so, do you know and like what they say? Planning in your life, financial and otherwise, can also mean planning for the event of sudden illness or injury and, in some […]

Save for college

4 alternatives to 529 college savings plans

August 21st, 2015 Diane Meggers

Considering all the costs involved with raising children, saving for college is no easy task. After paying all the bills and putting some money towards your nest egg, it can seem like there’s no money left for college savings, let alone discretionary spending. However, for most parents, putting their children’s education on hold is not […]

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