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How to Recover After a Financial Setback

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  We’ve all been there. Financial disasters happen. You may have lost your job, gotten into an accident, or a number of other things. Disasters take a toll on your finances and your well-being. It might take some time but it is possible to rebound and get back on track. Take a Deep Breath – …

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The Five Smartest Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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Tax season is officially upon us. A tax refund may feel like free money and it can be tempting to spend it on a vacation or big ticket item. Instead of splurging your tax refund this year, here are five ways to make your refund count. Pay Off Some Debt – One of the smartest …

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Building a Work Wardrobe on a Budget

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You finally land a great job or internship and realize you have nothing to wear. Upgrading your college sweats and leggings to an office appropriate attire isn’t easy or cheap. Don’t Buy it all at Once – One of the biggest mistakes you can make when building your new wardrobe is to buy it all …

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Money Saving Tips for Furnishing Your New Home

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Congrats, you just got a new house or apartment. It’s an exciting time but if you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your money on that security deposit or down payment. Now, you have to find a way to furnish your new pad without breaking the bank. As a recent college graduate, I’ve been there …

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4 Ways to Have a Budget-Friendly Vacation

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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. Pack snacks and lunches. …

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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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