Financial Safety On Dating Sites

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Meeting new people is difficult for many adults. Fortunately, though, there’s the internet. Dating sites like eHarmony and Match.com make it easier than ever to find other people who are looking for the same thing you seek. Unfortunately, that same ease of connection makes online dating sites a haven for scammers. Using the information you provide, they can craft a …

DCU Online Banking: Bill Pay Services

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The digital world has made a huge impact on banking – especially in the area of making payments. This convenience saves time, energy, and, in some cases, can also save you money! Read on for all the ways you can make payments through your Directions online banking account. Bill Pay Bill Pay allows you to pay all your bills from …

4 Vacation Scams To Watch For This Summer And How To Avoid Them

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4 Summer Vacation Scams

Before heading out on your summer vacation, read through our list of four common vacation scams and learn how to avoid them. You don’t want to take a permanent vacation from your hard-earned money! 1. The bogus prize vacation In this scam, you’ll receive a notification via snail mail, phone call or email, that you’re the lucky winner of a …

Do Monthly Bill Payments Affect My Credit Score?

Personal Finances

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You’re working on improving your credit score and being extra careful about paying the bills on time. But, since you don’t see these payments reflected in your score, you might be wondering: Do monthly payments, like utility bills, count towards a credit score?  Unfortunately, making your monthly payments will not affect your credit score.  However, if you’re delinquent on a …

12 Things To Do Before Your Summer Getaway

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12 things to do before your summer getaway

Your bags are packed, your itinerary is set and you’re counting down the minutes until you take off for your dream summer getaway. Before you head out to the airport, though, read through this checklist of important things people tend to forget before leaving for summer vacation. 1.) Let us know Give us a call at 1-888-508-2228 before you set …

How to Enjoy a Busy Wedding Season Without Going Broke

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Enjoy a busy wedding season

Celebrating a new marriage together with your friends is great fun, but all those wedding invites can put a real strain on your budget. Between wedding attire, travel costs and gifts, each wedding can add up to a pretty penny. In fact, according to the most recent research by Express Spending & Saving Tracker, the average wedding guest is out …

7 Money Myths You Need to Stop Believing Now

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7 money myths

We all grow up hearing the same financial advice: Spend less, save more and invest early. While most of these words of wisdom ring true, there are lots of widespread money management tips that are actually false. Read on for 7 money myths that might be causing you more financial stress than benefit.   Myth #1: Debit is always better …

8 Ways To Spot A Home Improvement Scam

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Home Improvement Scam

If you’re hiring a contractor to make improvements on your home, be alert! Home improvement scams are more common than you may think, and they can cost you a lot. Read on for 8 ways to spot a home improvement scam. 1. The contractor insists on being paid up front Be wary of any contractor demanding that you pay most …

6 Ways To Save Money On Gardening Equipment And Supplies

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Gardening equipment

As spring deepens and flowers blossom everywhere, you might be dreaming about a garden of your own. But shopping for your garden-to-be can be daunting. There’s so much to buy—and it’s all so expensive! Can you really afford to have the garden of your dreams? Yes, you can! Save on gardening costs this year with these six creative hacks: 1.) …

All You Need To Know About Flipping Houses

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All you need to know about flipping houses

Flipping houses is an investment concept that involves purchasing a rundown home at the lowest possible price, spending the necessary time and money on fixing it up and then selling it for profit. Flipping, or rehabbing homes, has become the primary source of income for thousands of people across the country. Are you thinking of launching your own home-flipping business? …