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Tax Refund Season is here!

Approximately 11 million Americans will be receiving a tax refund. You may be planning how best to spend your refund. We have some advice on how to leverage your tax refund this season to create meaningful advancements in your financial journey.

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NOW Is The Time: Plan Ahead for Next Holiday Season

Why wait to start planning ahead for those inevitable financial burdens that seem to come up every winter and holiday season?

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Put Your Budget on Auto Pilot

A budget is essential to financial success in the short term as well as in the future, AND to give you a peace of mind that you are doing all the right things.

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The Countdown Is On: Strategies for Holiday Shopping

The holidays can be expensive, especially the gifts. Black Friday deals have come and gone, but you still have shopping to do, so now what? Use these tips to help you get through the final weeks leading up to the holidays.

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8 Tips to Help Protect Your Accounts from Fraud

As we roll into the holiday season, it’s important to consistently monitor your accounts for fraudulent activity. Here is some advice to help protect yourself from falling victim to a scam.

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New to the Finance World? 6 Tips to Get You Started

Personal finance has not become a required curriculum in high schools or colleges and young adults are left to fend for themselves when it comes to managing their finances once they enter the real world. Use these tips to help get you started in the right direction.

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Invest In Yourself! Save For Your Future!

This time of year, many workplaces ask us to review our benefits and make any changes necessary for the following year. Aside from your health, dental and vision benefits, employers usually provide the opportunity to save for your future in various ways.

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Saving for a Rainy Day

Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or have some extra cash every month, it’s important to save for that rainy day when the roof starts to leak. You never know when you’re going to need a little extra emergency cash to pay for an auto repair or broken furnace, or cover your bills during a temporary lay off at work. Check out these tips to get you started saving.

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Buy vs Rent – Things to Consider

Whether short or long term there is a decision to be made to set down roots in the community and purchase a home or leave your options open by renting. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind as you make your decision.

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Why Choose a Credit Union

Marine Credit Union is here to help you understand the ins and outs of your finances.

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7 Steps to Saving for Retirement

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to retirement savings, there are some best practices that can set you up for a relaxing, fulfilling, and financially secure retirement.

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The Four Most Important Financial Tips for Graduates

While financial literacy is a lifelong learning subject, here are four of the most important financial tips for graduates as they flip their tassels and move out into the real world.

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How to Spring Clean Your Finances

As the weather gets warmer, it’s a perfect time for some spring cleaning – on your personal finances. Here’s how to do a deep clean.

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4 Steps to Buying Your Dream Home

Ready to purchase a home, but not sure where to begin? These 4 steps are for you!

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5 Phrases to Save Money Fast

Do you have the best intentions of saving, but somehow always fall short? Stay on track by following and repeating the phrases below.

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Setting Them Up for Success: Teaching Children the Value of Money

Teaching children about money can be tough, but it doesn't have to be! Implement these easy-to-follow tips to ensure success.

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How to Budget the Stress-Free Way

Does the thought of budgeting make you cringe? You are not alone! Put yours on autopilot this spring with these 5 steps.

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Making the Best of Your Tax Return: 5 Simple Steps

Receive a tax return and not sure what to do next? Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your return.

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Consider the Length of Your Auto Loan

When it comes to auto loans, the shorter the term, the better. That may be an obvious statement, but there could be a few things you haven’t thought about when planning to purchase, lease or apply for a loan for your next vehicle.

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What to Expect Financially, When You’re Expecting

The average middle-income family will spend roughly $12,000 on child related expenses in their baby’s first year of life. Having a newborn doesn’t have to be a financial crisis. If you have a realistic view on the expenses you’re likely to face, do some advance planning and keep your eye out for deals, you may be able to save a bundle on your bundle of joy.

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Establishing Credit for First Timers

Establishing credit for the first time is not complicated, but it does require a bit of time.

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The Importance of Renters Insurance

Renters insurance is often overlooked. It is critical in protecting you and your possessions if an issue arises while renting an apartment or home.

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3 Important Questions to Answer Before You Buy a House

Are you renting? Do you periodically ask yourself, “should I just buy a house?” When you do, here are couple key items to keep in mind.

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Simple Interest Loans 101

A simple interest loan may be perfect for your financial situation.

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Plan Ahead for Your Family Vacation

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. But how can you relax when you’re stressed over your credit card balance because you didn’t plan (and save) ahead of time?

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3 Important Finance Tips Help Graduates Succeed

Out on your own financially for the first time? Got a new job with a steady paycheck? Make sure you understand your options to finance your expenses so you don’t get in over your head.

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How to Manage Summer Expenses

When kids are out of school for the summer, there are additional expenses that will add up such as summer athletics, additional daycare, learning activities, etc. Budget monthly to stay ahead of the game so that your kids don’t miss out!

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Credit Reports 101

Review the five areas below that affect your credit report/score and the tips to bring your score up.

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Save Money in College: 7 Simple Tips

School loan debt may not seem like a big deal now. You don’t have to pay those back for another four years, right? Prepare yourself by saving money while going to school.

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Avoid Becoming a Victim OR Perpetrator of Tax Fraud

Don’t let yourself fall into this trap! To protect yourself against becoming a perpetrator OR victim, use the following guidelines to prepare your tax return.

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GAP Insurance Explained

Many insurance and financial companies offer Guaranteed Asset Protection (or GAP) insurance when you purchase a new or used car.

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Maximize Your Vacation Budget

Marine's District Manager TJ Minnehan shares his experience budgeting for vacation.

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Quick Daily Tips to Prevent Identity Theft from Happening to You

In an earlier blog article, we looked at the different kinds of identity theft or fraud and provided some tips for protecting your identity directly related to your finances. But there are other important habits you can practice on a daily basis to help protect your identity and lower the risk of someone else getting a hold of your information.

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Use These 5 Steps to Reduce Your Debt!

Simple planning and commitment can help reduce your debt right at home. Start here.

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3 Tips for Helping Your Child Get Money Smart

Use these tips to help teach your child about money at an early age.

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Tips and Strategies to Pay Off Your Debt

Credit cards, car loans, mortgage loans, school loans, the list can go on and on, right? Carrying debt is a burden that restricts your disposable income and puts restraints on your ability to save and spend. So pay off your debt!

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Beware These 4 Hazards of Online Shopping

Technology has made shopping easier and quicker than ever before, especially on heavy shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Keep these downfalls in mind when planning your next online purchase.

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Strategies When Saving for Holiday Gifts

Spend holiday occasions enjoying time with your family and friends, instead of worrying about how you are going to pay for giving.

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Make Your Checking Account Work for You

Checking accounts have become a “staple” of banking, but you have more options than ever before. If you’re going to have a checking account, make it work for you!

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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft or Fraud

YOU as the consumer have to be in control of protecting your personal credit and information.

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Certificates of Deposit: The FAQs of CDs

Looking for different ways to save for your future? Check out these frequently asked questions about certificates of deposit!

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Loan Insurance 101

Loan insurance helps prepare for the unexpected.

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Home Equity 101

A home equity loan or HELOC allows you to borrow money and use your home’s equity as collateral.

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6 Basic Steps to Improving Your Credit Score

A low credit score can be difficult to rebuild, but your ability to adjust your habits can definitely help. It may take some discipline, but the outcomes for you and/or your family will be worth it!

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4 Things to Remember When Buying a Used Car

Buying a car, whether new or used, can be stressful. Where do I start?

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GozNym: Protect Yourself Against It and Other Malware

Like any other online tool, online and mobile banking come with risks when keeping your information secure. It is important to stay informed about current information security issues and risks.

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How to Establish Good Credit

It is important to establish good credit from the start so that you do not dig a hole that is difficult to get out of. There are many ways to create that kind of credit right off the bat. Here are just a few, easy tips to get you started on the right track.

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4 Ways to Make Home Improvements Fit in Your Budget

You’re thinking about making some changes at home. Your bathroom tiles are falling off the wall. Your family is too big for your kitchen table. Your teenager wants to move into the basement. Where do you start?

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