Budgeting for Special Events

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An old friend invites you get drinks Tuesday after work, your niece has a birthday on Saturday, then your neighbor has a housewarming party on Sunday. You look at your credit card and suddenly all of these unexpected special events really added up. Many people focus on cutting grocery bills, debt, and daily coffee when …

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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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Four Steps to Build a Strong Financial Foundation

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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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4 Post-College Money Struggles

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing College. It’s the best four years of your life. Everyone warns you, “Enjoy it while it lasts because it flies by.” I should have taken them seriously. College allowed me to be on my own for four years, and the last thing I wanted to do was move back in with …

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Should You Combine Finances?

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Keeping Your Balance is a blog brought to you by Michigan First Credit Union and The Oakland Press. If you’re getting ready take that all-important walk down the aisle, you’re probably elbow deep in reception venues, fabric swatches, flowers and dinner menus. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of wedding planning. It’s …

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