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Calling all Consumers – Be Aware of Phone Scams

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Most of the time, unsolicited calls (like those from telemarketers) are simply annoying, but it’s important to recognize when the call is a scam. Recently, there have been an increasing number of illegal calls with a scam artist or even “robocaller,” a recorded voice, on the other end trying to get consumers to answer “yes” …

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Should I Invest in a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA?

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There is no easy answer to this question. An individual retirement account (IRA) is a personal savings plan that offers specific tax incentives to encourage you to save for retirement. Currently, there are two types of retirement IRAs, Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and they share certain general characteristics. Both feature tax-deferred growth of earnings …

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Five Reasons You Need to Protect Yourself with Renter’s Insurance

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If you’re renting a home, condo, townhouse, or apartment now or plan to in the future, here are some insurance tips to consider. Renter’s insurance will cover the cost of belongings lost in a fire due to lightning, a windstorm or hailstorm. Losing your belongings in a fire or storm can be devastating. Luckily, those …

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Morning, Noon or Night…Do Your Banking Anytime and Anywhere with the New Michigan First App!

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While enjoying summer, whether it’s relaxing at the beach or lounging by the pool, remember you can do your banking from your phone or tablet, wherever you are! The new Michigan First mobile app saves you time, money and gas because you don’t have to visit a branch or call us to do your banking. …

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Five Life Changes to Tell Your Insurance Agent About

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Life is constantly changing, but what does that mean for your insurance needs? Surely they don’t change that often, do they? You might be surprised that an annual review of your insurance policies could provide strategic changes to either enhance your policy or save you money. Here are a few life events that typically warrant …

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Cut your Impulse Spending With These Four Simple Tricks

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What is impulse buying? For me it’s when you run into Target for salsa and walk out with a new notepad, book, or clothing that I just had to have. For you, maybe it’s that random Amazon Daily Deal that you totally needed. Whatever your impulse spending culprit may be, here are a few tricks …

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Fast Food Frenzy: Best Chicken Nuggets for Your Buck

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Going out to eat is all fun and games until you realize how much it’s killing your budget. From the $1 McDonald’s soft drink to the lavish four-course Taco Bell meal, every dollar counts when you’re on a budget. That’s why Rachel and I set out to find the best deal on chicken nuggets. The …

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A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Not Going Broke

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Spring is the official start of wedding season. Buying a gift, finding an outfit, and traveling to the wedding can start to add up quickly. The Michigan average cash gift is $104 and the national average is $160, according to wedding-registry website Tendr, based on data from the 2016 wedding season. We’ve got some tricks …

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Money Lessons My Mother Taught Me

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Growing up in my house meant many things, but it never meant being afraid of your finances. There are six money lessons that my mother taught me which have stuck with me all of my life and have allowed me to be in control of my money. Never Buy Anything Full Priced (If You Can) …

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Get in the Fast Lane with a Pre-Approved Auto Loan

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There are few things more frustrating than finding the car of your dreams and waiting days or even weeks for your loan to be approved. A pre-approved auto loan can help ease the stress of purchasing a new ride. Starting the car buying process the smart way, by applying for a pre-approved auto loan, will …

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