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Financial Guidance Library

Helping others achieve financial success

Financial Guidance Library

Pick your topic – raising kids, retirement, refinancing or budgeting. There’s a resource in our Financial Guidance Library.

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Turn summer activities into money moments for your kids

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean your kids’ education has to stop. In fact, summer is the perfect time to teach your children about money. And it requires only a little planning on your part. Check out this list of everyday summer activities that you can turn into teachable money moments:

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Safe rather than sorry: Tips to protect your identity

Count to 60 – Yep, it just happened….19 Americans’ identities were stolen. By the time you finish reading this article, the count will be up to 40. In the past five years, identity theft has risen by 3.3 million people. Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

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Raise Your Score With These Tips

“Good credit is a cornerstone of your financial profile, enabling you to finance major purchases, such as a home, education, or car,” says John Danaher, president of TrueCredit.com (a web subsidiary of credit bureau, TransUnion). He adds that not knowing your credit score can mean higher interest rates, which translates into less money in your pocket.

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Car Loans: 3 tips you should know

Buying a car can be expensive. That’s why most people get a car loan when they’re ready for
a new ride. Before you sign on the dotted line, keep these three tips in mind:

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Bigger Family. Bigger House.

When it comes to giving a growing family the room to play and grow, buying a bigger house is definitely on the “to do” list. Whether you’re ready to make the move now or in the near future, keep these things in mind when searching for the perfect family home:

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Driving a car: How much??

How much does driving a car cost these days?

According to a report by the Automobile Association of America, the average cost to own a car is $8,876 a year. So why is it so expensive to drive today?

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Creative gifts kids can make.

There’s nothing nicer than a homemade gift from a child. Not only does it encourage creativity, but also shows that not all gifts need to be expensive.

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Low-cost alternatives to cable TV

Once upon a time, it seemed unthinkable to live without cable television. But as technology continues to provide low-cost alternatives for delivering entertainment, now may be the time to rethink how you watch your favorite shows.

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Budgeting basics for kids

Teaching your child the basics of creating a budget is the first step in building the foundation for positive money skills in the future. Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered:

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Parent's Night Out: Planning Successful Fundraiser

Many busy parents are eager to enjoy a “kid-free” date night every so often. By sponsoring a “Parents’ Night Out” fundraiser, your organization can raise money, while providing parents with a safe and friendly night of childcare.