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buying a new car

There are many things to consider before purchasing any car, but buying a new car might spark particular questions. There are pros and cons to buying a new car, just as there are pros and cons to buying used cars.  First off, when purchasing any vehicle, ask yourself “Why am I buying this car?” Is…

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debt-to-income ratio

Have you ever applied for a loan and been told that your debt-to-income ratio was too high? You may have wondered what that meant. Your debt-to-income ratio is the portion of your income that goes to debt payment, and it is a key component of creditworthiness. Lenders consider debt-to-income ratio along with credit score when…

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woman in home office

If you’re in your 20s, the topic of retirement brings a wave of anxiety and boredom. Who has time to think about saving for retirement with massive student loans to pay? And retirement is y-e-a-r-s away. It’s time to re-frame the discussion of retirement planning for 20-somethings. It’s not just about money when you’re old.…

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CD or share certificate laddering - piggy bank image

Even though share certificates (a.k.a known as certificates of deposit or CDs)) won’t get you the highest return on your dollar, they are pretty much guaranteed not to lose you money.  That’s because share certificates are federally insured up to $250,000 per account holder by either the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) or the Federal…

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Adorable Baby Feet

Ready to pick baby names while wondering which color baby booties you’ll need? (Neutral, everyone says go with neutral.) Exciting and life-changing times are ahead! You’re going to have fun decorating the nursery and sharing the good news with everyone. But the next nine months are also important for getting your finances in order. Studies…

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