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The holidays are in full swing now and for many work and family life are transitioning to holiday mode as well. For your finances you can’t really take a break if you want to be financially successful.  Now is a critical time to stay focused and not make financial mistakes that can start your 2017 off in a financial crunch.
 

Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, you have had several opportunities to exceed your holiday budget with still nearly a month to go.  If you find yourself in that situation, don’t panic. You have several options available that can use to get yourself out of this financial difficulty.
 

With the holidays fast approaching, we are all busy making plans and creating to do lists to get ready. If you have kids using the holidays as a teachable financial moment should be on that list.  There are several opportunities to help make sure that holiday traditions don’t include financial woes. 
 

Helpful financial advice can be found everywhere. The key is understanding and taking action on the tips we hear so often. Understanding how you live within your means or what it takes to save early and often for retirement is not always as easy as it seems. The way in which you follow the advice is key to developing a solid financial future.
 

Life brings several opportunities to spend money and for most of us this requires a choice on how we are going to pay for what we buy. There are really only two options, borrow or use cash.  The choice you make for each type of spending will be a major factor in your long term financial success.
 

The summer months are a pivotal time for making smart financial decisions. There are unfortunately several opportunities to make poor choices that can leave you scrambling for the rest of the year. The key is recognizing how easily your budget can get off track. 

Whether it’s having hundreds of dollars in fees to pay or having thousands of dollars in credit card debt the strategies you use to deal with any type of financial crisis does make a difference to your long term financial well-being.  

If your son or daughter is heading to college this fall, both you and your child most likely have a lot on your mind – finances, meeting new people, choosing a major, and more. With all of these conversations happening, it’s a great time to talk with your child about the basics of budgeting, establishing credit, and opening a free checking account.

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