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A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Not Going Broke

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

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

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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Online Payday Loan Fraud on the Rise

It’s important for consumers to be aware of the latest tactics criminals are using to steal personal information and money. Recently, there has been an increase in online payday loan fraud. Payday loans are small, short-term loans typically used by those who quickly need cash, but this solution comes at a high cost, including very …

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Seven Things to Consider When Purchasing Homeowner’s Insurance

Choosing the right home and contents (meaning everything in your home) insurance involves more than simply valuing your assets and choosing the cheapest premium. Insurers design different insurance products to suit a broad customer base, so it’s important to make sure the insurance you buy covers those inclusions that are important to you. Here are …

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Three Tips for Keeping Credit Cards Safe During Travel

If you have travel plans this spring or summer, make sure you take precautions to protect your credit cards so you can enjoy every moment of the trip, instead of dealing with credit card issues! USA Today provides some safety tips to help protect your card: Only take one or two credit cards to use …

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Four Steps to Build a Strong Financial Foundation

Most people have good intentions about saving money and investing for the future. It’s easy to think that you will begin to save and invest when you reach a more comfortable income level, but the longer you put it off, the harder it will be to accumulate the amount you may need for an emergency …

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The New Michigan First Mobile: Save Time, Money and Gas While Banking

Michigan First is in the business of serving people and supporting communities. That’s why we’re always looking for ways to save you time and money. It’s our responsibility. To that end, we’re excited to release an enhanced version of our mobile banking app, Michigan First Mobile, with a fresh look and new features, now available …

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How to Recover After a Financial Setback

  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

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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