7 Money Myths to Stop Believing Now

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Sep 10, 2019 9:10:35 AM

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 than credit.

Do you automatically reach for your debit card when making a purchase? While it's true that paying for your expenses with money you already have in your account is often the best choice, there is a time and a place for credit cards as well.  

The real deal: Credit cards get a bad rap for the debt trap they represent, but they should be your payment method of choice on occasion. Building and maintaining a strong credit history is crucial for your financial wellness; one way to achieve this is by using a credit card and paying the bill on time. Some credit cards offer purchase protection, which makes them the smarter payment method for big-ticket items.

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Topics: money, finances, money mistakes

How to Fund an Emergency

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Apr 16, 2018 11:38:58 AM

Q: I've had a financial emergency and I don't know how to pay for it! What are my options?

 A: Ideally, you'll want to have an emergency fund in place. If you don't, consider these options...

 1.) Credit cards

Credit cards are super-convenient. You don't have to wait for approval, take on another source of debt, or even think about paying it back until later. Borrowing with a credit card, though, means getting more than you bargained for. With high interest rates, you'll end up owing a lot more money than you borrowed.

Also, credit cards make it easy to push off paying what you owe by only requiring a minimum monthly payment. This means you'll end up carrying that debt for a lot longer than planned.

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Topics: Saving, money, finances, Security

Dealing With a Financial Setback

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Aug 23, 2017 11:58:59 AM

Financial setbacks come in all shapes and sizes. It can be an expensive household repair or major car trouble. It may be increases in your insurance plus a rent hike taking effect at the same time. Or, it can be something more extreme, like getting a pay cut at work- or even being given a pink slip. It may be a medical emergency that isn't covered by insurance, or some good news that will cost you a bundle, like a wedding or the birth of a baby.

It's impossible to plan for every financial hit you will take in your lifetime.

The question is: What are you going to do about it?

You could ignore it, and keep borrowing or charging to pay for daily expenses when your income is swallowed up by the surprise. By going that route, you'll be paying a lot more than you should for this setback because of accumulated interest. But you have options--there are proactive steps you can take. So, if you're hit with hard times, keep these tips in mind:

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Topics: finances, Budgeting

Newlyweds: Don’t Let Financial Stress Take The Cake

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Jun 6, 2017 12:23:01 PM

There are so many things to think about when you’re just married, or about to be, and no one would rate finances as the most exciting of them. In fact, studies show that money (not relatives) is the number one reason couples argue. Those financial arguments (again, not relatives) are one of the top predictors of divorce.

So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some tips.

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Topics: marriage, finances, wedding, financial goals, Budgeting

Fitness For Your Body And Wallet

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on Jan 18, 2017 12:33:06 PM

New Year's resolutions can be fantastic motivating tools, and many of us use that motivation to improve our health. Thirty-seven percent of Americans resolved to lose weight, while another 32% resolved to stay fit and healthy in the New Year. No one knows that better than the weight loss industry, which ramps up its marketing this time of year. You've no doubt seen offers for free months and other discounts at local and national gym chains.

What these advertisements leave out is that gym memberships are still very expensive. Nationally, gym memberships average $58 per month. That's bad enough before you start adding in contract initiation fees and other upfront charges. If you want to get fit, but don't want to pay those exorbitant fees, there are a few strategies you can try. Give these budget- and body- friendly ideas a chance. It might help you along the path toward a happier, healthier 2017!

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Topics: Saving, finances, health

Help! I Overspent On Christmas.

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Dec 29, 2016 2:16:05 PM

It’s so easy to go overboard on Christmas. If you have kids, you want everything to be perfect for them. You want to build priceless memories, so spending any amount seems worth it. If you’re just getting started, you want to impress your family with how together you have things. Giving extravagant gifts to your family members seems like a great idea … until you’re staring at a huge credit card bill in January.

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Topics: finances, budget, debt

Get These Things Out Of Your Wallet Now!

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Nov 5, 2016 11:23:07 AM

It's time to think about what's tucked into your purse or wallet. What items make your "essential carry" list and what can you safely leave behind?

Your wallet can become a lot like a junk drawer you carry around. It's cluttered with loyalty cards, coupons, cash, checks, store credit cards, credit cards for gas, credit cards for everyday purchases and a host of identification cards. That much bulk can make your wallet or purse a serious hassle to carry. Even worse, though, you may be setting yourself up for identity theft.

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Topics: finances, organize

Is A Personal Loan The Answer To My Urgent Money Need?

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP Marketing on Sep 1, 2016 9:07:12 AM

Q: I need to get money together in a hurry. What can I do? Help!

A: There are times in your life when you need cash fast. It may be hospital bills, car trouble or crushing debt. A personal loan is for times like these. Personal loans range from $1,000 to more than $50,000, and are not secured with collateral. That means there’s no property that backs the value of the loan. Personal loans may seem attractive, but they do come with some downsides. Is a personal loan right for you? And if so, how do you go about getting one?

Let’s take a look at four critical questions to ask before getting a personal loan.

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Topics: loans, money, finances

Spring Clean Your Way to Savings

Posted by Accel Financial Counseling on Apr 14, 2016 11:48:16 AM

Springtime means opening the windows, sweeping out the dust from over the winter and starting anew. It is also the opportune time to clean out your wallet or purse, that junk drawer full of receipts and those overflowing file cabinets. But where to begin?

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Topics: finances, spring cleaning, organize

Six Simple Money Routines to Start Today!

Posted by Melissa Egeler, Marketing Assistant on Nov 9, 2015 11:49:40 AM

Know your Number

You can get your official credit score absolutely free three times a year from AnnualCreditReport.com. Check it every four months to make sure you’re on track with where you want to be and to make sure there is no suspicious activity that you may be unaware of.

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Topics: finances, money management

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