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Categories: Credit, Money Matters

A credit score is a concept that most consumers don’t fully understand and often don’t realize it is used more than just by financial institutions.  Understanding what a credit score is and how it is used can be extremely important. It is also important to understand the difference between a credit report and a credit score.

People who are in financial distress typically don’t realize there is a problem until it is too late. Like many of life’s difficult situations early detection is the best way to avoid serious consequences.  Knowing the warning signs and the financial behaviors that can lead to financial concerns is the best way to keep your finances on the correct path.

The IRS is estimating that over 100 million people will receive a tax refund in 2016 out of an estimated 150 million tax returns to be filed.  Chances are pretty high you will receive a tax refund so the next question is what will you do with it? 
 

Categories: Money Matters, Saving

The month of March provides a few unique ways to save money and is also a good time to review a few of the prior months’ financial activities. Making the right choices can lead to big savings on your spending activities. 

The current market conditions can certainly make us all a little nervous about investing and perhaps lead us all to question our strategy.  Following a few basic tips can be helpful in these turbulent times.

Are you planning to buy a home this spring or summer? Now is really the time to start planning to make sure you are well prepared to get the best rate, price and have the best experience.  And, you will want to be the most attractive buyer in a seller’s market.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it might be a good time to talk about love and money.  What do they have in common? Both are important to having a healthy and long lasting relationship.  

Categories: Money Matters, Saving

There are traditionally several opportunities to spend money during February.  From Super Bowl parties to Valentine’s Day to many other social events that seem to dominate the short month the opportunity to spend is great. The good news, there are also several ways to save in February too.

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