How To Recognize and Protect Yourself From Scams
If it sometimes seems like #scams are everywhere, it’s because they are!
Read on to learn all of our tips on how to recognize and protect yourself from scams.
Money and Mental Health
A recent study found that finances were one of the most frequently cited causes for stress and anxiety. Take a look at how improving financial stability can help improve mental health and lead to peace of mind and improved relationships on our latest blog post.
Is Your Tax Refund Too Large?
While it may seem exciting to get a refund check from the government, getting a tax refund essentially means you've been providing the government an interest-free loan throughout the year, and now they're paying it back to you. Our latest blog explains why getting a big refund isn't "free money" and how you can lower your refund next year.
World Backup Day: Ensure Your Professional Data is Safe and Secure
World Backup Day presents an excellent opportunity to ensure that all of your data is safe and secure. Whether you choose a local backup, cloud backup, or a hybrid of both, creating a backup strategy will help protect your data should disaster strike.
Protecting Your Loved Ones from Elder Fraud
The elderly population has become even more susceptible to fraud with the increase of convincing and persuasive techniques that aim to scam them. It is important to know the techniques of these fraudsters in order to protect them and make sure they don't fall victim.
Don’t Get Caught in a P2P Scam
P2P payment services like Zelle and Venmo make sending and receiving money with friends simple, but they can also leave your money vulnerable if you aren't careful. Learn how to keep yourself safe on our latest blog post.
Six Ways to Save on Airfare
Much of the cost of an overseas trip can come from the airfare alone. Knowing where and when to look for flights can ease a lot of frustration and save you time and money, as well.
How to Budget in Times of Inflation
Inflation levels are steadily increasing, which makes budgeting and saving even more difficult. Our latest blog post highlights some simples ways you can help minimize the effects of inflation on your personal budget.
How to Stay Safe From Credit Card Fraud
According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, there were nearly 250,000 cases of credit card fraud reported in the first half of 2022 alone. Learn how to keep yourself safe from fraud on our latest blog post.
What to Buy and What to Skip in January
The major shopping holidays may be over, but there are still great deals out there, if you know where to look! Our latest blog post covers what you should buy and what you should skip while shopping in January.
5 Workplace Resolutions for the New Year
We're officially into the new year, which means you're likely focusing on your resolution list. Our latest blog post focuses on going beyond the typical weight loss resolutions to introduce some changes into your workplace life as well.
Beware of Check Washing Scams
Check washing is an old-fashioned scam that is making an unfortunate resurgence. Follow the steps in our latest blog post to keep your money safe.
Last-Minute Holiday Hacks
Does last-minute holiday prep have you stressed? Use the tips outlined here to enjoy a stress-free and budget-friendly pre-holiday season.
What to Buy and What to Skip in December
Sure, Black Friday is over, but there are still great deals in December! From electronics to toys, we’ve got all the info you need to shop smart!
How Can I Save on Holiday Shopping?
Does inflation have you feeling like a Scrooge this year? You don’t have to let your holidays be ruined by price spikes. We can help you get the best deals!
SCU Credit Union Warning Members of Texting Scam
Text messages that provide a link to update your account security are NOT from SCU. Please do not click the link or enter any information. This is a scam!
Build and Maintain an Excellent Credit Score
Maintaining a good credit score is a crucial part of your financial health. Our latest blog post covers the steps to raising your credit score by keeping credit cards open and active, paying bills on time, and keeping credit utilization low.
All You Need to Know About SIM Swap Scams
Is your private information actually private? Keep your personal info out of the hands of scammers and make sure you don't fall victim to a SIM swap scam by reading our latest blog post.
Knowing When and How to Indulge
Being on a path toward financial wellness doesn't mean that you have to live a life free of any indulgences. Knowing when and how to indulge yourself is vital to living a life that is both fulfilling and financially rewarding.
My House Skyrocketed in Value. Now What?
You have likely seen the value of your home increase in value recently, but what does this mean for you? Whether you plan on moving or using your home's equity, our latest blog post will help you prepare.
Cybersecurity Crash Course
Hackers and scammers are constantly developing new techniques to gain access to unsuspecting victims accounts. This crash course will teach you how to protect yourself from cyberattacks.
Financial Lessons You Can Learn from Fantasy Football
Football season is almost here! If you're like many Americans, you may have a fantasy football team that you manage throughout the season. But did you know that there are many strategies that cross over from managing a fantasy football team to managing your finances? Our latest blog post features helpful tips that will keep your money growing and keep your fantasy team at the top of the standings!
Back to School Shopping Hacks
With school starting back up very soon, back-to-school shopping is in full swing. Here are some tips to stock up on supplies and back to school gear while also saving money!
Age Your Way: 5 Tips to Manage Today’s Financial Challenges
Today's uncertain economy and rising costs have forced many seniors to put their retirement plans on hold. Our latest blog post covers plans for budgeting on a fixed income, supplementing income, managing debt, and more.
Should I Keep Cash at Home?
In times of economic uncertainty, the question arises of if and how much money should be kept at home. We cover the answer to this question, and some good places to keep your money on our latest blog.
How to Pay Yourself First
One of the most important steps to financial wellness is "paying yourself first", making sure to set aside money for the future before covering any other expenses. This simple concept allows you to set money side for emergency funds, while also planning for short-term and long-term savings goals. Our latest blog post covers budgeting your spending, planning for an emergency, automating your savings, and more.
Beware of Malware Scams
Malware scams aim to trick victims into giving them access to their personal information, passwords, and bank account information by claiming to be employees of legitimate technology companies. Learn the warning signs of these scams, and what to do if you've been targeted on our latest blog post.
What to Buy and What to Skip in July
Summer time is in full swing which means retailers have some great deals for shoppers! Here is a list of what you should buy and what you should skip in the month of July.
How to Avoid Vacation Rental Scams
Vacation rentals through services like Airbnb and VRBO are becoming increasingly more popular, with the ability to rent an entire house instead of just a single hotel room. Unfortunately, there are many scams associated with vacation rentals that can put a huge damper on your travel plans. Stay vigilant by following the tips outlined here.
Five Ways to Pay it Forward
When you think about ways to pay it forward, donating to charity is likely the first thing that comes to mind, but there are so many other ways you can give back, such as volunteering, visiting a hospital, or simply acknowledging people who may not get the praise they should. Here is a list of some of the ways you can give.
How to Stay Financially Fit this Summer
Summer is right around the corner, which means the days will be long and the sun will be shining. Unfortunately, summer can also be the season of overspending for many with sporting events and concerts, shopping for new clothes, and going out to dinner with friends. Here are some tips to avoid the summertime blues and prepare for a season of financial fitness.
Tips for Preparing a Post-College Budget
Graduating college is a major accomplishment that comes with huge life adjustments. The most important of all is setting aside a budget to pay for all of your expenses. Here are some useful tips to navigate the first steps of managing your post-college finances.
Don’t Get Caught in a Grandparent Scam
Grandparent scams exploit the special bond between grandparents and their grandchildren and take advantage of a a potentially vulnerable population. Stay safe by learning how these scams play out and steps you can take to avoid them.
How to Practice Mindful Spending
Spending mindlessly can be the undoing of the most carefully-crafted budget. Follow these tips to learn how to spend mindfully and avoid buyer's remorse.
What to Buy in May
May is right around the corner! Here is a list of what you should buy and what you should hold off on buying until later in the year.
How to Build a Brand Image
Building a brand image that stands out and truly represents your company is a crucial part of growing your small business. Fortunately, building a better brand image for your business is doable for entrepreneurs at every level. Here are some tips to consider as you work on creating or improving your brand image.
Last Minute Tax Tips
Tax day is almost here! If you have waited until the last minute to file your taxes, we have some important tips you won't want to miss!
Watch out for Sport Ticket Scams
Baseball season is finally here! Don’t fall victim to a sports ticket scam when you are looking to purchase tickets online. Here are important tips to make sure you get your hands on legitimate tickets and that your credit card information stays out of the hands of scammers.
Beware of Debt Relief Scams
It’s tempting to think there’s a company out there that can get you instant debt relief or rapidly fix your credit score, but it’s just not possible. There are many scams that will try to take advantage of people by offering claims such as these to people who are in dire financial situations.
Five Steps to Eliminating Debt
Paying off your debt can seem like an uphill battle, but by changing your mindset, the process can seem a lot less intimidating. We’ve outlined five steps you can take to eliminate your debt once and for all.
6 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
Having a good credit score is one of the most important pieces to buying a car, getting an affordable loan, or even getting a new credit card. But how do you improve or maintain your score? Our latest blog will provide you with important tips.
How to Deal with Rising Gas Prices
Gas prices are at a historic high, and there's no way of knowing when they'll come back down. But we put together a list of some helpful tips to minimize the impact on your wallet!
Steps to Financial Wellness: Creating a Budget
A well-designed budget can provide you with a sense of financial security and freedom. But sticking to a budget can be easier said than done. Check out these helpful tips and tricks to setting a monthly budget.
What You Need to Know About Taking Out a Home Loan in 2022
Buying a house can be scary enough, but if you’re looking to buy a home in 2022, you’ll need to know that the market has changed a bit lately. Our latest blog post will help you navigate this unusual market with helpful tips and outlines what to expect in the coming months.
Simple Tips for Saving on Heating Costs
Winter temperatures may be driving your heating costs up, but we have some helpful tips to save you money! Check out our latest blog post to find out more.
Leaving Your Job? Make Sure Your Wallet is Ready
It may seem like everyone around you is taking part in the "Great Job Resignation" and you’re thinking about doing the same. But be sure you’re ready for the move!
The Beginner’s Guide to Credit Cards
Sometimes it seems like the world revolves around credit cards, so knowing how to use them right and protect your credit score is really important. We can help you learn how!
Beware Tax Filing Scams
You know that tax preparer offering you double the refund for half the fee? It’s quite likely a scam. We’ll teach you how to spot tax preparer scams, and what to do if you fall for one!
10 Tips for ATM Safety
Winter’s darkness provides extra opportunity for theft and fraud at ATMs. Use our list of tips to protect yourself and your money while you’re doing business at our machines!
How to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues
It’s normal to have a little letdown after the holiday whirl, but you don’t have to let it take over! Here are some simple tips to use this winter that may help lift your spirits.
Beware Cryptocurrency Scams
Scammers change with the times, and now a lot of them are using cryptocurrency to pull off their crimes. Learn how to spot the scams and guard your money!
All You Need to Know About Multifactor Authentication
A hacker may be able to steal your password, but nowhere outside spy films do they get your retina scan, fingerprint or face. Learn why we use Multifactor Authentication for online and mobile banking.
4 Scams to Watch Out for This Black Friday
Thanks to supply chain issues, Black Friday will be a little different this year, but the scammers will still be around every corner. Find out how to spot them and steer clear!
What to Expect for Holiday Shopping 2021
If you wait until Black Friday to start your holiday shopping this year, you may be out of luck. Find out why the best time to start ticking items off your list is right now!
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving During COVID-19
Will you need to cancel Thanksgiving due to COVID-19? From hosting at home to making the whole day virtual, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you!
How Do I Raise My Kids To Be Financially Independent Adults?
It’s a big, scary world out there, and you want your kids to be prepared! Teaching them how to manage money is not a quick process, but putting in the time will save your kids from a lot of headaches in the future! Read more
Don’t Get Spooked By One Of These Scams This Halloween!
It’s almost Halloween, and while the spooks and scares (and candy) are tons of fun, the real-life scams that will scare you out of your money aren’t. Let us help you stay safe!
18 Ways to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15! There are tons of ways to do it, and we’ve got suggestions to get the party started, from making arepas to learning music!
Needs Vs. Wants: How to Tell the Difference
When you lay out your monthly budget, one of the biggest tasks is to separate needs from wants. It can be tough for some things! Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of tips to help you.
Why You Need to Be Financially Fit
Did you get some exercise today? How about working out with your money habits? You need to get yourself financially fit just as much as physically, and we can help!
When Should I Do It Myself and When Should I Leave it to the Pros?
Looking to do a little DIY home improvement? There are books and YouTube videos by the thousands to teach you, and SCU Credit Union might be able to help with financing. Just remember: Don’t wade into anything where you’re risking personal injury, and don’t try to take on more than you can handle.
How to Save on Wedding Costs
When it comes to your wedding, of course you want the best of everything...but are you willing to pay for it? With some careful planning, prioritizing what’s important to you and your spouse-to-be, and by following some of the cost-cutting tips outlined here, you can have the wedding you desire and your budget, too.
Six Reasons to Switch to eStatements
Ever open your mailbox and feel like it’s exploding all over you? If you get buried by the deluge of bills, correspondence, bulk mail and ads every month and worry about losing something really important, like your bank statement, it’s time to try eStatements!
6 Ways To Save On Back-to-School Shopping
Don’t drop your sunblock, but it’s almost back-to-school time! If the thought of all that back-to-school spending makes your head pound, you’re not alone. This year, save a ton by following our tips!
7 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Road Trip
Are you ready to hit the road for vacation before summer ends? We’ve got plenty of tips to help you protect your budget from financial sunburn while still letting you plan the trip of a lifetime!
Don’t Get Caught in an Auto Warranty Scam
It’s another call about your car’s warranty expiring offering to extend it or sell you some other warranty-type service. How can you tell if it’s a scam? We’ve got all the info you need!
Scam Alert: Beware Child Tax Credit Scams
Checks are about to go out for the Child Tax Credit, and of course, the scent of government money is drawing scammers like flies. We’ve got tips to help you stay safe!
7 Apps to Download this Summer
You still want to get out and have some fun while also staying safe, right? We’ve got a suite of apps that will help whether you stay home or hit the road!
Be Careful Posting Your Grad Photo Online
Congratulations! You’ve made it to graduation! While you’re celebrating your milestone, though, be careful about sharing your grad photos, school and year online. Scammers can use that info to hack into your accounts and ruin your party by stealing your identity. We’ve got the info so you can celebrate and be safe!
Read on to learn more.
Kids’ Summer Fun On A Budget
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained this summer without breaking your budget? We’ve got plenty of fun that’s a lot cheaper than theme parks and will be great family time!
4 Vacation Scams To Watch For This Summer And How To Avoid Them
Don’t let your dream vacation become a nightmare! We’ve got helpful tips about vacation scams that could save your money and peace of mind.
Beware the USPS Smishing Text Scam
Have you heard about the smishing scam in which the scammers pose as the USPS? Just like all the rest, they’ll steal your identity and as much of your money as they can grab.
Read on to learn more!
The Benefits of Using Mobile Payments
Read on to see the benefits of using mobile payments!
What You Didn’t Know About Home Loans
If you’re in the market for a new home, it’s best to learn all you can about home loans and how they work before you get too deep into the process.
Read on to learn more!
How to Travel Safely this Summer
Are you desperate for a vacation? As long as you do some advance planning, pack your cleaning supplies and take proper precautions, you can minimize the risk.
Read on to learn more!
Timeline of a Home Purchase
Read on to learn more about the timeline of a home purchase!
How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World
Have you read Jake Cousineau's How to Adult: Personal Finance for the Real World? Learn more about the topics Cousineau covers in his new book!
5 Discounts for Older Adults You May Not Know About
You might have grown up seeing your parents and grandparents getting a senior discount, and now it’s your turn. Before you open your wallet for anything, check for a senior discount!
Read on to learn more
4 Reasons To Get Pre-Approved for a Loan
Are you in the market for a large loan-dependent purchase like a new home or a new set of wheels? Don’t forget to get your pre-approval first!
Read on to learn why
Saving on Landscaping
Is your spring fever starting to kick in? Can you see the grass greening up and are you itching to get your hands in the dirt? We’ve got some great ways to save money this year!
Read on to learn more.
Tips for Empty Nesters Downsizing
When the last kid leaves your home, you officially become an empty nester. Suddenly, you’ve got room for … well, everything! We’ve got some tips on how to handle the change.
Read on to learn more!
5 Reasons We Overspend (and How to Overcome Them)
It’s happened to all of us: We get into a shopping frenzy for one reason or another and the next thing we know, our budget is blown. Why do we overspend, and how can we fight the urge?
Read on to learn what you do can help you fight the urge.
Report Scams to the National Elder Fraud Hotline
Sadly, as our population ages, more and more seniors are becoming the victims of various frauds and scams; however, the National Elder Fraud Hotline is here to help! Callers can remain anonymous, and workers on the hotline will help with filing reports and give guidance as to how to recover as much of the lost money as possible.
Read on to learn more.
Your Complete Guide to Using Your Credit Cards
Don’t let your credit cards become a hassle! You can build a great credit score and enjoy rewards cards without diving deeply into debt.
Read on to learn more!
What are the Advantages of a HELOC?
You might be living in your best source of funding for anything from home improvement to debt consolidation or anything else! A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, lets you borrow against the equity you have in your home.
Read on to see why a HELOC from SCU Credit Union just might be your best choice.
7 Ways to De-Stress for Less
Looking to beat the winter blues? You don’t have to spend a dime! We have seven ideas of how to get rid of stress without spending a lot of money.
Read on to beat the blues this winter with our helpful hacks!
Save Money When Shopping Online
Online shopping was already huge, but the pandemic has made it the only way a lot of us shop anymore. We can show you how to save the most money on your purchases!
Read on to learn tricks to help you save!
4 Incredible Facts in Honor of Black History Month
In honor of Black History Month, SCU Credit Union is proud to share four little-known facts about Black history, along with a list of fun ways to commemorate Black history and culture.
Read on to learn a little Black History.
The Importance of Being Financially Fit
It’s time to check your financial fitness! There’s a lot that goes into this money workout, but you’ll appreciate the new you in the end! We’ve got all you need to do laid out!
Read on to work those money muscles!
How Can I Use a Job Loss as a Stepping Stone for Growth?
If you’re facing job loss, either because of the pandemic or some other reason, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. This is a great time to step back, consider the career goals you had in the past, and see where you need to be to get there.
Read on to learn how to figure out your dream job and see what you need to make it real!
Don’t Fall Prey to Holiday Scams
Be on the lookout this holiday season. Don’t let the hunt for that perfect toy lead you into falling prey to a scam! The “Secret Sister” gift exchange is back too. It’s still illegal to participate, but now there’s a social media twist. We’ve got the info you need to stay safe!
Read on to learn how to keep your money and your identity safe, and jingle all the way to a happy holiday!
How To Dispute An Error On Your Credit Card Report
Sometimes you may find an error in your credit card report. It might be a sharp decline in your score when you know you haven’t changed your spending or bill-paying habits, a large transaction you’re sure you’ve never made or an unfamiliar line of credit. While it can be disconcerting to find a mistake in your credit report, the good news is you can contest errors like these and fix your score.
Read on to learn all of our tips on how to dispute an error on your credit card report:
All You Need to Know About Home Loans
Here at Sharon Credit Union, we provide a variety of products and services to meet your specific financial needs and in the most ideal ways possible. One such example is our home loans.
Read on to take a closer look at this product and how its application process works:
All You Need to Know About Data Breaches
Here at Sharon Credit Union, your financial success and safety is our primary goal. To help keep your information and your finances secure, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on data breaches.
Read on for our whole guide on data breaches.
9 Germ-y Places to Avoid (or Disinfect) This Winter
Winter is here and with winter comes germs and viruses. Harmful bacteria and viruses can lurk in places you’d never suspect, and knowing those places inside and outside the home, can help you avoid getting sick this winter.
Read on to learn all of the germ-iest places you might encounter this winter and how to keep yourself safe.
6 Ways to Keep Your Finances Intact This Holiday Season
You don’t have to rack up a huge credit card bill or go into debt to cover your holiday expenses. Enjoy a financially stress-free season with Sharon Credit Union's six tips.
Read on to learn all of our tips to save money this Holiday Season.
A Guide to Opening Your First Credit Card
Opening your first credit card is one of the rites of passage into genuine adulthood, but with so much conflicting information, it can all get confusing fast!
Read on to get our guide and all of our do's and don'ts for opening a credit card.
Your Complete Guide to Identity Theft Protection
Are you worried about #identitytheft? If you’re not, you should be! Millions of people fall victim every year, but you can stay safer with some simple steps. We’ve got a list of simple steps you can take to keep yourself out of the thieves’ crosshairs!
Read on for all of our tips on how to avoid identity theft.
5 Must-Have Gadgets For Students
You’ve already got your laptop, tablet and, of course, your smartphone. What more can you need for school? Check out our list of 5 super-convenient gadgets that every student should know about.
Read on for our full list!
11 Ways To Save On Back-To-School Shopping
Don’t drop your sunblock, but it’s almost #backtoschool time again! You don’t need to spend yourself into debt just because everyone else seems to be doing it. Instead, take a proactive, mindful approach when shopping for the new school year and spend hundreds less than the national average. Let Sharon Credit Union show you how!
Read on to learn all of our hacks on how tou can save on back-to-school shopping.
10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud
If you spot a scam, tell someone and then tell the FTC. Your reports help the FTC and other law enforcement investigate scams and bring crooks to justice. Sharon Credit Union came up with 10 things you can do to avoid fraud and recognize situations in which you are a target to scammers so that you can be better prepared to report fraud.
Read on to discover the 10 things you can do to avoid fraud and learn about how you can catch and prevent fraud attempts.
9 Ways For Kids to Make Money
The best way to teach a child financial responsibility is by encouraging them to earn and manage money on her own. As August begins and kids get bored, there are many opportunities for them to pull in some extra money.
Read on to learn all of the ways kids can make some extra money this summer.
12 Things To Do Before Your Summer Getaway
We’ve got a list of hints and tips that will save you time, money and most importantly aggravation before, during and after your getaway! Whatever your plans, here’s a list of things to take care of before you leave.
Read on to see our whole pre-vacation checklist!
7 Steps To A Mid-Year Financial Checkup
It's time for a mid-year financial checkup! Take a look at your monthly budget and see if it needs any adjustments, and try to factor in any large expenditures coming up. Give yourself a financial checkup before the summer gets away from you.
Read on to learn all 7 of our steps to a mid-year financial checkup!
3 Ways Your Credit Union Can Help Fund Your Summer Vacation
Is the beach calling? Are the kids carving mouse ears out of soap? It’s vacation time! Let Sharon Credit Union help you make your dream trip a reality!
Read on to find out how Sharon Credit Union can help fund your summer vacation.
4 Parking Lot Scams to Look Out for This Summer
So, you watch for #scams on your computer, in your mail and in stores, but have you ever heard of parking lot scams? They’re as old as cars, come in four major guises and are everywhere during the summer.
Read on to make sure that you have the right information to stay safe!
6 Ways to Finance a Home Renovation
Home renovations are a great way to make your old house feel new again. Whether it be a renovation just for the sake of change, or a necessary change due to an unexpected emergency, Sharon Credit Union may be able to help. We are suggesting 6 Ways that Sharon Credit Union could finance your home renovations and providing options that are attractive and sutiable to different member needs or financial situations.
Read on to find out how Sharon Credit Union could help finance your home renovations.
7 Money Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now
We all grow up hearing the same financial advice: Spend less, save more and invest early. While most of these words of wisdom ring true, there are lots of widespread money management tips that are actually false.
Read on for 7 money myths that might be causing you more financial stress than benefit.
How To Enjoy A Busy Wedding Season Without Going Broke
It’s #wedding season, and all those invites can really drain your wallet if you don’t shop smart! From saving on clothes and gifts to traveling on the cheap, check out our tips!
Read on to find out how you can attend the celebrations without breaking your wallet.
6 Ways to Save Money on Gardening Equiptment and Supplies
Want to reconnect with the earth and do some gardening? We’ve got six hacks that will save you big money!
Read on to learn how you can afford the garden of your dreams!
8 Ways to Spot a Home Improvement Scam
If springtime has you wanting to spruce up your home, beware of home repair scams! The scammers will take your money then do shoddy work, leave the work unfinished or simply never show up at all.
Read on to learn how you can avoid being a victim and spot a scammer right way!
7 Ways to Avoid Getting Scammed on Craigslist
Almost always, spring cleaning means extra stuff to sell, and whether you’re looking for bargains or looking to sell, Craigslist is likely to factor into your plans. Just be sure you don’t get scammed! Be sure you know what CL does and doesn’t do. (Tip: It does NOT offer buyer protection. That’s a scam.)
Read more to keep yourself protected!
Features You Should Look for in a New Car
Picking out the features you want in a new car can be like picking items off a menu … you want a bit of everything! Fortunately, we’ve gone through the most popular ones to help you pick the most important ones, the fun ones and the ones to skip.
To learn which must have safety features you should seriously consider in your next vehicle and which fun options might be right for you, read on.
7 Signs You're Living Beyond Your Means and How to Fix Them
If you can’t seem to dig out of a financial hole, you might be living beyond your means. But how to tell? Are you saving or are you living without rainy day and emergency funds? Carrying a credit card balance month to month? Do monthly bills create tremendous stress? Do your house and car payments bust your budget? If some or all of these apply to you, read how you can make fixes.
One Simple Step to Better Protect Yourself Online
You've installed virus protection on your computer, but have you done everything possible to protect yourself? An updated browser offers protection against the most recent scams, phishing attacks, viruses, Trojans, and more. Newer browsers have security patches that may not be present in your older browser.
Read more about protecting yourself online.
5 Ways to Pay Off a Loan Early
If you’re like most of us, you’ve got more debt than you’d like. Want to pay it off early? There are simple tricks you can employ to lighten the load and start paying down what you owe sooner rather than later.
Read on to get started today!
Student Loan Scams
College students, take note! If keeping up with your coursework, acing your exams and scrambling to hand in every term paper before the deadline weren’t enough, you now have something else to worry about: Student loan scams are on the rise. Scammers know you hate owing tens of thousands of dollars, so they’re quick to offer you an easy — but completely bogus — way to free yourself from that debt. Or, they might falsely claim you owe the feds taxes on your debt. If you’re already stressed about your student loans, that makes you an easy target.
Don’t get scammed! All it takes is a lack of knowledge and a small blunder to be out thousands of dollars.
Do You Need a Rainy Day Fund and Emergency Fund?
In an effort to simplify their money, people sometimes consolidate accounts. This is OK in many instances, but it’s important to remember that rainy day funds and emergency funds serve different purposes. Additionally, it’s important to have not just one, but both funds available to tap into as needed.
Read on for all your questions on rainy day and emergency funds, answered.
All You Need to Know About Facebook's Latest Bug
Last month, Facebook announced that its internal team found a photo API bug in the social media platform which may have exposed the unshared photos of 6.8 million users.
Read on for all you need to know about the recent Facebook bug.
5 Scams to Watch for After the Holidays
The holidays may be over, but the scams aren’t! Even after the holidays, there are fraudsters to watch out for. Don’t let your holiday bliss be ruined by scams. Read our tips to steer clear!
Winterize Your Home
When the wind turns bitterly cold, take a bite out of your gas bill. Instead of cranking up the heat, try keeping the warmth in by properly winterizing your home. Here are some easy ways:
Can You Put a Cap on Your Holiday Shopping?
Most of us will make multiple trips to the mall in preparation for the holidays. Don’t want to spend this coming January and February paying for your December shopping? Here’s how to watch the buck while cruising the aisles with thousands of fellow holiday shoppers:
Fake Check Scams on the Rise
In early September, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) released a report warning about a spike in fake check scams. These scams now reach 500,000 victims each year.
5 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score
Looking to improve your credit score? Here are 5 tips!
1. Pay your bills on time. If you find this to be a challenge, consider signing up for automatic payments.
5 Must Have Gadgets for College Students
You’ve already got your laptop, tablet and, of course, your smartphone. What more can you need for college? Check out our list of 5 super-convenient gadgets that every college student should know about.
Staying Safe Online
A compromised computer can put you at risk for money loss, phishing scams or even complete identity theft. Read on for steps you can take to keep yourself safe online.
5 Ways Retailers Influence Our Spending
Retailers have one goal: to get you to spend more. And they have lots of tricks to make that happen. Learn how to spot these marketing tactics and make smarter decisions when shopping.
Credit Card Fraud in Fives
No one wants to be the victim of credit fraud. Aside from the stolen money you may never recover, victims of fraud can be faced with an enormous hassle. That hassle involves the closing of accounts, putting a fraud alert on your credit and a huge ding on your credit history, which can be difficult to fix.
Beware the Blackmailing Scam
Blackmail and extortion are some of the oldest tricks in the book — because they work. That’s why a fresh wave of these scams hit the internet last month, ensnaring dozens of victims. Here’s what you need to know about these scams.
How it works
Why Does My Mortgage Lender Need So Much Information
Exhaustive research into the financial, personal and credit history of home loan applicants is not unique to credit unions. Every home lender will request similar information for processing the loan.
Why are lenders so nosy?
7 Halloween Hacks You Don't Want to Miss
Halloween is coming – and so is the fun! Everyone wants to win the prize for creepiest costume and the most frightening yard décor in the neighborhood.
Do I Still Need a Landline?
Wondering if you should keep your landline? Landlines are quite outdated, but, before cutting the wire, read up on the main reasons people cling to their landlines, and why some of those reasons may not actually matter.
1. Communication during emergencies
6 Times a Bargain is Not a Bargain
Here’s when that steal of a deal is not such a bargain after all.
1. When you don’t need it
5 Questions About Your Financial Future to Ask Yourself Today
It's important to stay on top of your finances. Here are 5 financial questions to ask yourself. Depending on your answers, they may help motivate you to to get on track!
New Cars vs. Used Cars
Choosing between new and pre-owned cars can be a complicated decision. To make your job a little easier, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of each purchase type below.
6 Steps for Creating and Keeping Strong Passwords
Your passwords are the keys to your life. And when it feels like there’s another big security breach every week, you want to be sure those passwords are strong and safe.
8 Reasons to Create a Monthly Budget
Not sure what you’ll gain by budgeting? Here’s a list of the benefits.
- You’ll spend less.
All You Need to Know About Buying a Used Car
If you’re in the market for a deal on used wheels, follow the steps below for a smoother ride!
Step 1: Crunch the numbers
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Large Purchase
You’re convinced: You really want that Coach handbag. Or maybe you just know that gigantic entertainment center will transform your weekends. So you swipe your card and the dream item becomes yours. You’re thrilled!
That is, until a few weeks later when the credit card bill comes, and buyer’s remorse hits. You can’t help wondering: Was it really worth the price?
Book Review: Financially Ever After
It’s almost impossible to find two people who have identical approaches toward money management. We all have our own ideas about spending, budgeting and saving. What one person calls being cheap, another calls being frugal, and yet a third will call total deprivation.
Look Before You Pump! Don't Get Skimmed at the Gas Station
Gas-pump skimming is an old crime making a comeback, and your card may be at risk. Since skimmer devices are almost invisible, they can be difficult to spot. And Bluetooth technology lets the scammer remotely obtain the info it collects from as far as 100 yards away.
Back to School Shopping Hacks
Save big this season with our handy list of back-to-school shopping hacks!
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Tokenization: How to Stay Safe With the Wallet of the Future
Left your wallet at home? No worries; you can still pay for those purchases! Just use your phone.
Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and other mobile wallets are revolutionizing the checkout experience by blending two developments in payment infrastructure to save you time: near-field communication (NFC) and token encryption.
How Many Credit Cards Should I Own?
Hopefully, you’re working hard to keep a high credit score by using your cards and paying on time. You may be wondering, though, if more is better. Is several credit cards and more available credit a good idea? Or, are too many cards a liability to your score?
Student Discounts You Can Use
Between astronomical tuition bills, piles of textbooks to purchase, foods costs and supplies, being a college student is definitely not cheap.
Lucky for you, there are loads of companies out there that think you deserve a budgeting break.
All You Need To Know About The Ticketmaster Breach
Hackers are at it again! This time, they're skimming information on third-party sites in what may be the largest credit breach ever.
All You Need to Know About Smishing Scams
Text messaging has come under attack as one of the most vulnerable mediums for identity theft and more. Here’s what you need to know about an SMS message-based scam called “smishing.”
What Kind of Boat Should You Buy
Are you ready to feel the lake or sea water spray on your face on a warm summer day?
Before you become a proud boat owner, you’ll need to choose what kind of boat you want to buy.
9 Ways to Enjoy Summer on a Budget
Looking to have some fun this summer without breaking the bank? Here are some ideas!
1. Check out neighborhood business freebies. This includes shows, demonstrations and activities that local businesses host to generate summer traffic.
How to Buy a Boat
Get ready to set sail this summer! Read on for the ultimate boat-buying guide.
Step 1: Choose your boat type
Shop the Sales
You don’t have to be a genuine Coupon Queen to save money on groceries. Teach your kids how to shop the sales and use coupons in the best way possible.
This month’s goal: Show your kids how much money you can save by shopping sales and using coupons.
7 Ways to Spot a Loan Scam
Your credit’s trending the wrong way and you’re desperate for a loan. Unfortunately, though, it seems that no reputable institution is willing to work with you – and the few that are offer very unforgiving terms.
How to Save For a Boat
Ready to make waves without sinking your budget? Here’s eight simple steps to save up for the boat of your dreams.
1.) Do your research
Debit Card Safety
How do you pay for your purchases? It may be instinct for you to pull out any piece of plastic without thinking, but your random card of choice might not be the safest way to pay. Let’s explore when and how to use your debit card.
5 Ways to Budget For Your Wedding
Are you ready to tie the knot, but don’t know if you can afford a wedding? You don’t need to skimp on the wedding of your dreams or go deeply into debt to pay for it. By planning ahead, choosing wisely and prioritizing what’s truly important, you can say “I Do” without stressing over wedding costs.
Jury Duty Scams
A recent revival of the classic jury duty scam has painted the entire jury duty experience in a more sinister hue.
If you’re a young parent trying to make sense of the stock market in between grocery shopping and PTA meetings, you likely don’t have the time or headspace for the in-depth articles on sites like Investopedia and Bankrate. And yet, mommy-brain notwithstanding, you don’t feel comfortable plunking down your money without first reading up on your investment of choice.
Don't Drink Your Wallet Dry
It’s hot out, so make sure you’re drinking up!
You probably already know water is the best beverage choice for your health and for your money. But did you know bottled water may be costing you a fortune?
Your Personal RV Buying Guide
It’s vacation time! Nothing beats a summertime road trip, but long hours in the car can really kill a vacation. That’s the beauty of recreational vehicles. The road IS the destination; anywhere you go, you’ve got luxury-class accommodations!
4 Ways to Bring Your Dream Kitchen to Life
A kitchen remodel or makeover not only adds value to your home, it will almost feel like you’ve got a new home. Here’s 4 ways to bring your dream kitchen to life.
6 Ways to Turn Your Dream Vacation into a Reality
Everyone has their own version of a dream vacation. But, for most of us, it never becomes a reality. Read on for six ways to make that dream vacation come true.
13 Grilling Hacks for Your Summer BBQs
Whether you use a modest charcoal grill or an upscale Weber, we’ve got your BBQ success covered! Here’s 13 genius grilling hacks that will take your ‘cue to the next level.
Beware of Social Media Scams
Over the last few years, social media scams have exploded, with fake Twitter and Facebook profiles increasing by 100% in just one year. That also means there are several types of social media scams, most which involve a phishing scheme component.
How to Fund An Emergency
When it comes to financial emergencies, ideally you will have an emergency fund tucked away for this very reason. If you don’t, or the money you have set aside isn’t enough, you have several options to consider.
5 Things You Can Do Today To Help Your Future
Your primary reason for attending college is to jumpstart your career, of course. But, did you know there are many other things you can do now to help secure your future?
Here are just 5 things you can do today that will improve your after-college life:
Online Resources for College Students
Keeping up with all your classes, reports and exams is no simple feat. And while we can’t make your classes easier, we can help lighten your workload with this awesome list of online resources for college students. Take advantage of all the internet has to offer!
Saving on Mother's Day
It’s wonderful to show your love and appreciation for your mother, especially on Mother's Day, but you don’t need to blow your budget to make that happen.
Here are some low-cost ways to show Mom how much you care.
7 Ways to Spring Clean for Extra Cash
When that first delightful spring breeze starts blowing, you know it’s time to get your house in shape.
The warmer weather and the brilliant sunshine pouring through your windows can fill you with boundless energy.
Beware of Cryptocurrency Hacks
Cryptocurrency is all the rage. Money you can’t see? Online accounts that aren’t regulated by big banks or even the feds? It has a futuristic feel, and anyone and everyone seems to be buying into the trend.
Rising Interest Rates
If you follow the national business news, you are likely getting mixed messages about the state of the economy. While never very reassuring, pundits’ opinions on the stock market and the country’s economic state are changing as frequently as the weather.
Teaching Your Kids Saving Smarts
For the responsible adult who thinks about being prepared for the future, savings are a fixed expense that is built into the monthly budget just like car payments and insurance.
Medical Identity Theft
Medicare is replacing its old cards with new ones. They contain an 11-digit code instead of a Social Security number. Unfortunately, even though the cards have not yet been issued, scammers are taking advantage of this change.
15 Tricks to Sell Your Home Quickly
Spring is in the air! And aside for the hum of lawnmowers, newly bloomed flowers and the chime of the ice cream truck, spring means the chance at a fresh start in a fresh, new home.
Beware of Business Scams
How much would you pay for the opportunity to work from home and earn six figures in less than 90 days?
That’s exactly what the Digital Altitude company promised:
Energy Saving Tips - What To Look For When Buying New Appliances
Ecologists are always searching for ways to save our environment. Focusing on energy-efficient appliances is one aspect of this endeavor.
Saving on Home Renovations
Is your home in desperate need of a facelift? As you probably know, renovations don’t come cheap. In fact, the average kitchen remodel tops $60,000 and bathroom overhauls can cost $18,000!
What Were the Actual 2018 Tax Changes?
What were the exact changes made to the U.S. tax code this year? There was so much talk about the proposed changes to the tax code, and many of the changes signed into law with the official Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts were quite different from those planned.
Working It Out
One of the most fundamental financial lessons your kids are going to have to learn is about how you work for your money. Do your kids understand that every time you pull out a wad of bills or swipe a card to pay for a purchase, that money is directly linked to time you put in at the office?
Beware of Intel Patch Scams
Last month, we learned that millions of processors throughout the world were vulnerable to hackers. The problems, known as Spectre and Meltdown, lie within chips of computers and smartphones, making them...
How to Talk Money with Your Partner
What happens when you and your partner have different approaches toward money?
It’s a common scenario.
6 Common Tax Mistakes To Avoid
It’s that time of year again! Get ready to break out the calculator and pencils; dig out the enormous pile of receipts, tax forms, and pay stubs, and get to work. Whether you choose to go it alone, use a tax-prep computer program or hand it all over to an accountant, start with checking out our handy list of common mistakes people make on their tax returns.
ATM Jackpotting Scam
Jackpotting attacks on ATMs have been spreading through Europe and Asia for quite some time now. Recently, though, Brian Kreps reported that the Secret Service has warned of jackpotting scams hitting the United States.
Will Amazon Go Destroy The Face Of American Retail?
You’ve picked up your last item, and you’re ready to check out. But if you thought choosing the right blend of K-cups was a tough decision, that’s nothing compared to the choice you’ll have to make now. Do you go to the aisle with the most carts that has the fastest cashier?
What You Need to Know about Government Shutdowns
When there is a government shutdown, what does it mean for you? Which offices and agencies are operating as usual and which of them are shuttered until it’s over?
7 Common Life Insurance Myths Debunked
Many of us let popular misconceptions about life insurance convince us that we don’t need it. Read on to see how seven of the most widespread life insurance myths are easily debunked.
Financial Planning For College: How To Get The Most Out Of The FAFSA
If you’re the parent of a college-bound high school student, you’ve probably already started receiving junk mail with pictures of big, impressive stone facades on the outside and big, appalling price tags on the inside.
FAQs About Share Secured Loans
Wondering about share secured loans? Here’s all you need to know about this unique product that can provide a low-interest rate plus credit building and repair:
1.) What are share secured loans?
The Brain/Money Connection
We know that stress impacts our health in various ways, but did you know the brain is also physically affected by stress? Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that chronic stress triggers long-term changes in brain structure and function. And nothing spells stress like money dilemmas!
Phone Cloning and Digital Self Defense
Did you know it’s possible to clone a phone? It involves copying the identity of one phone to another. In fact, in today’s digital world, when we use them for everything from ordering an Uber to paying for purchases, mobile phones can be a major source of security breaches. And as frightening as it sounds, the only thing a hacker needs to launch a major attack is your phone number.
Ready, Set, Go...to College
It may seem like yesterday when you were sending your child off to preschool. And now you’re preparing him for college!
The process of a child leaving home is a major milestone that is made extra complex because of the emotions it generates.
Surviving the Holidays With Your Sanity Intact
With crowded stores and an ever-growing list of people to shop for, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to overspend on your holiday shopping. No worries, though; we’ve got you covered! Read on for pre-and post-holiday tips and have yourself a jolly December without breaking the bank.
Everything You Want to Know about Bitcoin (…But Were Afraid to Google)
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a form of money that is entirely digital. The U.S. has dollars, Europe has Euros and the internet has bitcoins. The fact that bitcoin is digital isn’t all that interesting – because, in reality, an estimated 92% of all money is digital.
Beware of Banking Scams
There’s been a recent uptick in banking scams where criminals pose as representatives of the victim’s financial institution, thereby obtaining sensitive information. The scammers use the credit union’s social media account or likeness to appear authentic.
The Real deal on the 2018 Tax Changes
The current administration is implementing changes to the U.S. tax code. The administration believes these changes will strengthen the middle class, reinvigorate business and decrease unemployment. Unfortunately, though, most of them will do little, if anything, for the state of the economy.
The iPhone X and Decoy Pricing
Retailers often manipulate our spending habits. For instance, every time you shop, your choices are likely influenced by pricing tactics like BOGO, anchoring and high-end pricing.
And then there’s the tactic favored by Apple: decoy pricing.
Beware Debt Relief
More than 42 million Americans have student loan debt, with their collective debt topping $1.4 trillion. Unfortunately, these big numbers make student loan debtors excellent targets for scams.
7 Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Costs
Between your turkey, ingredients for the holiday meal and décor to set the ambiance, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner is not cheap. If you’re looking for ways to cut back without compromising on quality, read on for seven easy ways to save on Thanksgiving costs this year.
Updates on the Equifax Breach
It’s been several weeks since the massive Equifax data breach became public knowledge. While there are still more questions than answers, lots of factors have been clarified. Here are some of the most common questions answered so far:
The Dos and Don'ts of Credit Repair
Looking for ways to improve an unfavorable credit score? Look no further! Our handy guide will help you get on the road to improving your score.
Do: Determine your actual credit score
Should I Make A Balance Transfer?
Are you considering a balance transfer to an interest-free card and wondering if it's a good idea? While transferring some or all of your credit card debt to one that includes an introductory interest-free period can help you move toward a debt-free life, there are some things to be aware of. Consider these pros and cons:
Dealing With A Financial Setback
If you’re hit with hard times, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Financial setbacks come in all shapes and sizes. It can be an expensive household repair, a medical emergency, getting laid off or the birth of a baby. Whatever the situation, it’s impossible to plan for every financial hit you will take in your lifetime.
Do Your Kids Have Virtual Shopping Smarts?
Did you know that 73% of millennials questioned in a Bazaar Voice survey do all their shopping on their smartphones? It’s not surprising. The world of commerce is constantly becoming more digitized as retailers focus on improving their online presence to cater to cyberspace shoppers.
Retirement Savings For Self-Employed People
Moonlighting is the new normal. It seems like everyone has a side hustle or a personal project they hope to someday turn into a business. While this money-making ambition is good for the pocketbook, it can be a little tricky come tax time.
Financial Tips For Single Parents
Single parenting brings unique budgeting challenges.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that it costs an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child to age 18 – and many single parents shoulder that responsibility alone.
12 Back-To-School Savings Tips
Like most people, we’re sure you want to get through the back-to-school season without spending a small fortune. Back-to-school time is the second largest shopping season of the year. If all that spending makes your head pound, take heart. Sharon Credit Union has your back!
6 Ways To Save On Your Summer Vacation
The open road is calling and your dream vacation awaits! But first, you need to work out the financial details. How are you going to pay for your getaway?
Ideally, a plump vacation fund is the way to go.
Save Money While Vacationing Abroad
Exploring foreign shores and dining on exotic fare are what make up many dream vacations. But when you suspect a money changer has taken you for a ride or you’ve busted your budget after only two days, it can quickly become a nightmare.
Newlyweds: Don’t Let Financial Stress Take The Cake
Of all the things to discuss before marriage, finances are the least exciting. Statistically, money is the top reason couples argue and financial arguments are among the top predictors of divorce.
So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some ideas from the experts:
Beware of Scams! Give Your Kids Tools For Standing Up To Con Artists
The world is a big and beautiful place.
Unfortunately, it is also filled with unethical people who are trying to take advantage of the innocent and the naive at every turn.
Putting Your Affairs In Order: 7 Steps To Make Sure You’re Prepared
They say there are only two guarantees in life: death and taxes.
Beware Of Fake Checks! 3 Tips To Protect Yourself From The Latest Scam
Personal checks look simple and innocent. Recently, though, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other agencies have warned about increases in fake check scams.
There are several variations of the scam, and they all end with you losing thousands of dollars.
Deciding Which Bills to Pay First
The following is a guest blog post from our partner, Greenpath Financial Wellness.
Summertime in Scam City
Scammers don’t take summers off.
8 Ways To Save On A Vacation
Just because you’re going on vacation, that doesn’t mean your budget has to take a hike. Use these tips to save big and still have a wonderful vacation!
Plan For The Payoff When You Plan Your Student Loans
When your student understands the long-term consequences of accumulating..
4 Ways To Repay Your Student Loans With Help From Sharon Credit Union
We can help you pay back your loan.
Home Improvement Scams
Here are some signs you might be working with the wrong person.
20 Ways To Celebrate Father's Day -- Without Breaking The Bank
We all want to show our dads that we care on Father’s Day. Many people panic and run straight for the ties. But unless your father is a necktie aficionado and you can land him the rarest of rare finds in men’s fashion, you may want to consider something else that shows how well you know and appreciate your dad.
How To Be Smart About Student Loans
There is one thing you can start doing this year to take away a lot of stress in your 20s.
3 Changes In The VantageScore System
VantageScore is a consumer credit-scoring model, which dictates the way credit bureaus — Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax — determine your credit score.
3 Ways To Use Your Graduation Presents To Build Your Financial Future
6 Springtime Gardening Tips
There’s nothing quite like a garden in full bloom, but all that beauty takes work.
Train Your Young Entrepreneurs
Your kids may be too young to know the first thing about running a business, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn! Teach them all about scouting a market, creating a great business model and earning money with this fun and educational activity.
Memorial Day Celebrations, Yesterday And Today
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day began following the Civil War.
Top 7 Home Improvements You Can Do Yourself With A Little Help From Sharon Credit Union
Consider these great home improvement ideas that you can do yourself!
4 Home Improvement Projects With High Long-Term Return
When you’re making improvements to your home, you’re not just making your life better in the short term.
Regulation D: How Does It Affect Me?
Feeling Limited? Blame It On Regulation D.
How To Get A Summer Job: A Guide For Students Of All Ages
It’s wise to start thinking about summer work now.
Mother's Day on a Budget
Along with the blooming flowers and blazing sunshine comes the plans for celebrating Mother’s Day.
Put Your Trust In A Trust: 4 Reasons Trust Accounts Make Sense For You
A trust is a private contract that is living.
3 Common Changes That Might Mean It's A Good Time To Refinance Your Vehicle
11 Ways To Scale Back On Food Costs
Are you looking to cut back on food costs?
Your Down Payment On A House
When you think about your down payment, balance is key.
Buying A Home In Today's Economy
The only thing certain about today’s economy is that it is uncertain.
Traditional Electricity Production vs. Solar Electricity Production
It is important to know how your current electricity is being produced.
Stay Away From These Airbnb Scams
An Airbnb host you were interested in sends you a link to several other properties they have for rent.
Safety First: 4 Ways To Prepare For Hurricane Season
Here are 4 ways to prepare for hurricane season.
Women's History Month: Women In Finance
Because March is Women’s History Month.
4 Quick Tips When It Comes To Paying Your Wedding Bill
In a perfect world, you already have all the money you need saved in the bank.
4 Financial Questions To Ask Yourself Before Tying The Knot
5 Ways To Save On The Cost Of Your Wedding Day
If you’re tying the knot this year, read on for five ways to save on the cost of your big day!
3 Tech Support Scams To Watch Out For
It’s important to be vigilant when browsing, and watch out for these three tech support scams.
Beware Of The Fake Tax Form Scam
Tax season means a paperwork blizzard.
America Saves Week - Saving For The Future Can Save The Day
The week of February 27 to March 4, 2017, is America Saves Week.
5 Tips For Saving On A New Computer
Here are some tips on how you can save on your purchase.
Leasing vs. Buying A Car
Here are some things to think about before making that decision.
5 Tips To Keep Your Wallet Insulated From Winter Heating Costs
Unfortunately, keeping a home warm isn’t cheap; monthly heating costs can easily reach $300.
6 Questions Your Auto Dealer Hopes You Can't Answer
Let’s go through some of the more challenging parts of automotive financing.
Talking To Your Kids About Taxes: How Much Should You Share
Your taxes are a major family expense, and at some point, your children will come asking questions about them. What should and shouldn’t you share?
Two of the main factors to consider are age and maturity level.
Beware These Utility Scams
The Department of Consumer Affairs has warned of a new scam targeting utility customers.
4 Tricks To Cutting Your Property Tax Bill
If you want to cut your property tax bill, try these four tricks.
Do's And Don'ts When Preparing Your Taxes
You need to be aware of some potential pitfalls that you could easily fall into.
3 Tips For Managing Your Debt
Here’s what you can do.
Fitness For Your Body And Wallet: Shedding Pounds Without A Gym Membership
Thank-You Notes: More Than Courtesy
The days after Christmas can have a sort of serenity to them. All of the shopping is actually done. All of the parties have been hosted. Family has come and gone. There are a few days until New Years with nothing much to do.
7 New Year's Resolutions For A Richer 2017
Check out these seven ways to make 2017 the year of the dollar!
Financial Freedom: What It Takes To Free Yourself From Work
If it’s a goal, or if you’re just curious, consider the following.
How To Be The Host With The Most Without Draining Your Account
Try these 3 handy tips to save on expenses.
Going Away For The Holidays? Don’t Announce It Online Until You’re Back
It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Going From New Homeowner To Happy Home: Tips For Recent Homebuyers
Check out these common homeowner situations.
How Not To Bust Your Holiday Budget
There’s a better way, and it’s simple.
Make The Nice List With Your Credit Card Use
Stay on the right list, and avoid smudges on your credit report!
Dealer Auto Finance Scams
We'll talk about what to look for and how to avoid dealer finance scams so you don’t spend too much on your next car.
Credit Cards Or Debit Cards - What's The Smartest Swipe?
Which one should you use? The answer depends largely upon your lifestyle.
College Credit: How To Survive Thanksgiving If You Can't Get Home
Watch Out For These Product Recall Scams
A product recall is never pretty
Get These Things Out Of Your Purse Or Wallet Now
Give your purse or wallet a good once over.
What Happened At Wells Fargo?
Here are a few common questions about the scandal and what to do if you’ve been impacted by it.
Bring Back The Brown Bag: Saving Money On Lunch The Old-Fashioned Way
Here are three tips to jump-start your new lunch habit!
Personal Loans: The Swiss Army Of National Finance
Sometimes life throws expensive surprises.
ATM Fraud On The Rise: Staying Safe While Getting Cash
Scammers are everywhere in web-based commerce
4 Meal Planning Tips That Can Save You Hundreds
Meal planning is a simple and effective way to save a lot of money each month.
Beware The Boom: Diversify Your Portfolio To Protect From The Bust
There’s always a “next big thing” in investing
3 Tips To Avoid Being Taken By Rental Scams
Renting an apartment can be scary
Saving Bucks On Books: How To Beat Your Campus Store
Turning Back to School Shopping into a Personal Finance Lesson For Your Kids
Most parents regard back to school time with a mix of emotions. On one hand, you’re sorry to see your kids go. Summer has been a great time to tackle projects together, build memories, and have fun. On the other hand, it’ll be nice to have the whole house awake and moving before noon again!