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It may sound scary at first, but doing a regular budget check-up can be both easy and extremely beneficial. We want to give you four simple ways you can review your numbers to conduct your own budget check-up. You’ll take a look at your debt, emergency savings, net worth, and discretionary spending.

Everyone makes hundreds of financial decisions in their lifetime and no one ever makes them all correctly. However, there are a few mistakes that everyone needs to avoid to avert financial catastrophes. These are decisions that can have long lasting consequences.
 

Saving enough money for retirement can be confusing and intimidating, which can prevent people from thinking about it altogether. This lack of planning is just one threat to your future’s financial security.  Whether you’ve been planning for years or you’re just starting out, here are seven threats to your retirement to keep in mind. 

In the next couple of weeks, thousands of college students will be heading off to college for the first time. As parents, there is a wealth of information to impart to your children, but perhaps the most important are the following five financial tips.
 

FORUM is dedicated to embodying the cooperative credit union spirit in all we do. That’s why we created the FORUM Credit Union Foundation. The Foundation is committed to strengthening the communities we serve through youth educational opportunities. This includes both educator grants and collegiate scholarships available to FORUM members.
 

Categories: finances, offers, security

 The FORUM Fraud Team receives multiple complaints from members every month about their difficulties getting out of “free” trial offers. The below article from the Federal Trade Commission offers some tips and advice on where to seek help if you become a victim of a “free” trial offer scam. 
 

For most everyone, following the basic money rules is the path to success. However, just like all rules, there are exceptions. Knowing when to break a money rule can be the key to long term financial success. 
 

Categories: Identity Theft

In a security notice issued by the Federal Reserve Banks, they remind consumers that any video, text, email, phone call, flyer or website instructing them to use Federal Reserve routing and account numbers to pay their bills is a scam.

 

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