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Vacation Affordability Calculator

2020-09-15T11:32:42+00:00September 15th, 2020|

Calculator: Can I Afford a Vacation? HOW IT WORKS You’ve got all the details and are ready to make your dream vacation a reality. Make sure your wallet can handle the trip before you hit the road (proverbial or otherwise). First, enter your estimated costs for accommodations, travel expenses, transportation, and activities. Then, tell us how

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Coach: Make the Most of Your HSA or FSA

2020-08-06T17:04:53+00:00August 6th, 2020|

Coach: Make the Most of Your HSA or FSA HOW IT WORKS Both an FSA and HSA lower your taxable income while providing a way for you to pay for health care costs, but they're not quite the same. This Coach will provide information on both types of accounts, guide you through estimating your health care

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Coach: The Cost of Baby’s First Year

2020-08-06T14:16:28+00:00August 6th, 2020|

Adding a baby to the family is exciting and expensive. Discover how much you’ll need to add to your monthly budget when a baby comes along, and see your one-time expenses based on your preferences. How It Works To start this Coach session, select “Start Here.” A feed will appear; follow along and

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Is The Money In My Account Safe?

2020-08-05T21:03:02+00:00August 5th, 2020|

Keeping money safe is important to everyone. Thanks to the FDIC, First Southern National Bank is a safe place to store your hard-earned cash. The best part? All you have to do is open an account. FDIC and NCUA There are two organizations, both backed by the United States government, that insure your money

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Early Withdrawals From Retirement Savings

2020-08-05T20:38:04+00:00August 5th, 2020|

Whether you find yourself laid off from work, facing a medical emergency, or confronted with a situation that you’re financially unprepared for, it may be tempting to withdraw from retirement savings—but there are penalties and consequences you need to consider before doing so. Early Withdrawal Penalties There are serious consequences to accessing your

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When Times Get Tough

2020-07-01T21:18:29+00:00July 1st, 2020|

Whether you want to get ahead and prepare or find help in the midst of an emergency, there are ways to shore up your financial situation. HOW TO PREPARE When emergencies and unexpected situations strike, it’s important to be prepared and make wise decisions. While tough times can vary, from a

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Meet Your 401(k)

2020-08-10T18:03:51+00:00July 1st, 2020|

If you’re lucky enough to be introduced to a 401(k), you’ll make a friend for life. Even if you’re just starting your first real job—actually, especially if you’re just starting your first real job—it’s time to start thinking about retiring. That’s not a comment on how motivated or unmotivated you are, or a

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Money Market Accounts

2020-07-01T15:00:37+00:00July 1st, 2020|

There are many options for keeping your money safe and earning a little extra from interest. Like a savings account or CD, a money market account (MMA) is a way to earn interest on money that you deposit at a bank or credit union. A Happy Medium An MMA could be seen as

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Reducing Your Food Bill

2020-08-07T19:17:17+00:00June 29th, 2020|

Buying food is essential, of course, but if you’re not careful, it can also eat into your budget. Reevaluating Costs Reducing your food bill starts by creating a budget. In order to make a change, you need to know what you’re currently spending and set a goal. Once you know how much you

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Emergency Funds

2020-06-30T19:22:10+00:00March 31st, 2020|

One of the most effective tools for preventing a large-scale financial disaster is an emergency fund, an amount of money that is set aside to cover unexpected expenses, or to keep you afloat if no regular income is coming in. Even if you have a great handle on your finances, unexpected challenges can

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Preparing For A Baby

2020-06-30T19:24:25+00:00March 25th, 2020|

Are you adding a child to your family? Congrats! Whether it be through birth or adoption, parenthood is very fulfilling for many people. As with any major life change, if you have a better grasp of the financial requirements and tasks, you can be better prepared for what's ahead. Plan Plan

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Coach: Build an Emergency Fund

2020-06-30T19:29:23+00:00March 19th, 2020|

Coach: Build an Emergency Fund HOW IT WORKS An emergency fund is an amount of money you set aside to cover unexpected expenses or to cover basic expenses if there are significant changes to your income. How much you need in your emergency fund is unique to you and your personal circumstances. To find out using this Coach

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