Getting Your Finances In Order

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Congratulations! You’ve made the important decision to invest some of your finances this year, and it’s your first time ever. You’re eager to get your money into the market, yesterday. But where do you start? Jumping into the market without first taking careful stock of your finances is like asking for seconds at the dinner table before finishing your first portion. …

Credit Cards Or Debit Cards – What’s The Smartest Swipe?

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Young, smiling, man sitting cross legged on couch with laptop on lap holding debit card in one hand and giving a thumbs up with the other: 2 boxes stacked placed next to him

Most people own at least one debit card and at least one credit card. Although it may not seem like it, there are many differences between the two. Each time you use a credit card, you’re borrowing money. You’ll need to pay that money back to the credit union along with interest. A debit card, on the other hand, simply …

Is a HELOC a good idea?

DYI Home Finance

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Money you owe on your home is often called “good debt” and there are a few ways in which it’s different than other kinds of debt. First, it’s secured. That is, your ability to repay the debt is ensured by the value of the property. Second, its effective interest rate is lower even than advertised. Your home will likely appreciate …