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Financial Wellness

Want to learn how to budget for home repairs, protect yourself from identity theft, or have family fun on the cheap? We’ve pulled together a range of information to help you live life to the fullest, without breaking the bank.

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Back to school, back to debt: Americans worried about student loans

One third of Americans worry they may never be able to repay their student loans.

Leasing vs owning a car

These simple tips might help ease the pain next time you have to visit a dealership. 

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When you should call a professional

Do-it-yourselfers need to know where to draw the line

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Does the stock market reflect your personal financial situation?

The COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey asked Americans how they felt about the connection between the stock market and their personal financial situation.

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One third of Americans still feeling pain of the Great Recession

The latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey finds 1 in 3 Americans still recovering from the Financial Crisis that began a decade ago.

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Let’s take a retirement test drive

With all of the retirement tips floating around, we know it can be overwhelming. There’s loads of information out there and different approaches you can take. We want to make it easy for you.

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“Working Retirement” - Oxymoron or genius idea?

Start enjoying retirement before you actually retire. 

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How much should you spend on your house?

When putting a roof over your head, make sure you don’t get in over your head.

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How to build up your emergency fund

Is your relationship with your emergency fund non existent?

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5 things you might not know about renters insurance

You might not own your place, but you probably own everything in it. Is your stuff protected?

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The early bird gets the worm

When it comes to retirement, saving more later doesn’t get you as far as saving less sooner. 

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5 less obvious reasons to check on your insurance coverage

Wait, you’re telling me my diamond engagement ring could affect my homeowners insurance? 

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Who do you trust for financial advice? Many ask dad.

The majority of Americans say they trust their father’s financial advice. How do you teach your kids about money?

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A dozen ways to help erase your digital footprint

Are you worried about how much information you’re leaving on the internet?

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A third of Americans fear the ability to retire -- but what are they doing about it?

The COUNTRY Financial Security Index found Americans are worried about affording retirement. But not enough are saving.

Smart social: strategy from our social guru

Interview with Hope Linker, our Social Media Strategist, for tips and tricks in dealing with social for small businesses. 

Do you know the difference?

Term vs Whole Life Insurance

If life insurance overwhelms you, it doesn’t have to! We break down term vs whole life insurance in a way that’s easy to understand.

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Survey says: A big wedding isn't worth it

The COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey asked Americans about how the value of big expenses have held up.

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It’s tax time: what documents do you need?

Tax season is longer in 2017. But now is the time to get all your paperwork together while preparing to file.

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Getting your money’s worth with subscriptions

The latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey asked Americans about the value they're getting from monthly expenses like cable tv and video streaming.

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A generation gap in financial confidence

The latest COUNTRY Financial Security Index survey revealed a growing gap between Millennials and older generations when it comes to the sentiments of personal financial security.

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Figuring out the “50-30-20 rule”

Having trouble with your budget? There's a formula for that.

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FAQ’s: Credit report vs credit score

#Adulting can be exhausting. Topics like what’s the difference between a credit score and report and why should I care can be confusing… until now.

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Four ways a 20-something can manage their debt

Young adults often have debt they don't understand and don't know how to get rid of.

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Helping newlyweds bust through debt

Debt is a serious issue that continues to rise. Alex,
a personal finance blogger and money-saving queen, helps us out with some tips. 

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Would you like to donate to the (fill in the blank)?

Do you want to donate but don’t trust your money is going to get into the right hands? Before you give, check out some simple ways to make sure your donation is going to make an impact. 

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What's an 'A' worth?

In more than half of American households, students get more than a pat on the back for a good report card. Many “A” students are cashing in with good grades.

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How life choices affect your financial future

How you choose to live your life impacts your financial security. If you want a more secure future – and who doesn’t – take a close look at the choices you make. Positive changes now could significantly improve your financial future.

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Web marketing for your business

Business owners now have so many innovative ways to promote their products. Take a quick look at some of the ways you can utilize web marketing.

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Budgeting for vacation

Everyone should escape their daily lives from time-to-time. Here's how you can budget for your next big adventure.

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Planning your wedding on a budget

Can you have everything you want on your wedding day without spending all of your money? We think you can. 

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Top hidden college costs

Take a look at our list of hidden college costs so you can prepare your kid, and your finances, before you send them off to school.

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The most valuable college degrees

It's no secret that getting an education is expensive. After adding up tuition, room and board, books and supplies, the costs can seem frightening.

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Creating a cozy living space

Just because you live in a small apartment complex, condo, or even a dorm room, doesn’t mean you can’t use your creativity and decorate a cozy, comfortable living space. A relaxing, decorated humble abode can put your mind at ease after a long day.

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Budgeting for home repairs

Every home will need some fixing up at some point. If you start saving for the large repairs ahead of time, it will help you keep your budget in check.  

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Funding your college education

Because tuition and housing costs continue to climb, college may feel out of reach for many high school students and soon-to-be college students. However, there are ways to attend college without completely breaking the bank.

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15 ways to be more financially secure in 2017

A new year can be a new beginning. We might make promises to ourselves to break bad habits, but how many of those New Year’s resolutions actually stick? When it comes to financial security, the biggest step is just getting started. 

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Talking money with your valentine

Relationship experts are quick to mention to couples that communication is key. This is especially true with finances. Do you talk about money with your significant other?

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Protect your identity during the holidays

More and more Americans are ditching big box stores for online stores where they can shop from the comfort of their homes. However, the convenience of shopping in your pajamas comes with a risk – identity theft.

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Avoid a credit card hangover this holiday season

Many Americans are heading towards the holiday shopping season with a “celebrate now, pay later” mindset. It’s an approach that can find the joy of the season dampened by big bills in the new year.

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