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4 Ways to Have a Budget-Friendly Vacation

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By Rachel Quinn, Marketing When the Michigan weather gets cold and gloomy, it’s easy to dream of sun-filled vacations. The problem with vacations is they aren’t always budget-friendly. If your finances still haven’t recovered from the holidays but you need a vacation, here are a few tips to help cut down on pesky vacation costs. …

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Extra Layer of Mobile Banking Security Coming Feb. 14

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Your security is important to us.  To help keep your online banking as secure as possible, on February 14, the security questions will be replaced with a security code, two-step authentication. With today’s social networking and information that is shared on these channels, security questions are not as secure as they used to be. How …

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Get Your 2017 Finances in Shape

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The start of a new year is an ideal time to start thinking about what you’d like to accomplish during the next 12 months. Maybe you want to start eating more vegetables and hitting the gym to improve your well-being. While this is a great resolution, think about your financial health too! Consider what financial …

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4 Advantages of Having a Winter Wedding

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Usually when a friend or relative gets engaged, you expect to receive a wedding invitation for late spring or early fall. But as it turns out, winter weddings are becoming more and more popular as couples realize they can brave the cold in favor of the many cost advantages. To help you decide when you …

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5 Helpful Financial Planning Apps for 2017

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With the year soon coming to an end, people are already starting to think of their resolutions for 2017. For many, gaining better control of finances is at the top of their list. But there’s often a disconnect between setting a New Year’s resolution and actually following through with it. Luckily, there are a variety …

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Best Ways for Creating & Sticking to a Holiday Budget

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According to a Gallup poll, Americans plan to spend an average of $752 on gifts this holiday season. Whether that number reflects the amount you’re going to spend or not, it’s important to stay conscious about how much you spend during a season that’s easy to get swept up in. That doesn’t mean you should …

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5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays Without Spending Any Money

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The holiday season is in full swing, and many Michiganders have begun the process of making shopping lists and checking off names. But if commerce is the largest cog in the holiday machine, then philanthropy makes up its core. If you want to help those less fortunate, but don’t have extra money to offer, there …

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Tips for Conquering Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping can be a bit intimidating for some people and rightfully so. Long lines, crowded stores and early morning shopping hours aren’t for everyone! However, if you’re planning to tackle one of the busiest shopping days of the year, here are some tips to help you have an enjoyable and productive shopping trip: …

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What Can $100 Buy

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If you’ve lived in the same place for several years, this question may seem a bit silly. However, $100 in certain regions goes quite a bit further than it does in other parts of the country. Factors like the cost of goods, land, and the income of residents all contribute to the disparity between the …

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5 Ways to Find the Perfect College Internship

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing When you apply for a job after college, employers are going to look at your resume to see if you have any relevant experience. Internships are a great way to grow your skills and show potential employers what you can do. Getting hands-on experience and enhancing your knowledge/skill sets in your …

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