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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.

Make Your List and Check it Twice – then Share with Your Family for a Stress-Free Holiday

A recent COUNTRY Financial® survey found that finances are the leading stressor for Americans during the holidays, followed by finding the right gifts and having enough time to do it all.

Does Planning Ahead for the Holidays Make You Happier?

How far in advance do you plan for the holidays? Try our tips for easing stress this season.

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5 tips to protect your customers’ data

Follow these steps to keep holiday shoppers’ data safe.

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5 last-minute ideas for Small Business Saturday

Kick-off holiday shopping season right with these simple tips.

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Taboo Topics: Which Money Topics are Off-Limits in Your Home?

When it comes to talking money with your kids, are you covering all your bases? 

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Taboo Topics: It's Ok to Admit You Don't Know Everything About Money

Many parents today aren’t discussing important finance topics with their kids because they don’t have all the answers. 

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Custom insurance for custom trucks

James customizes trucks. Jarod customizes his insurance protection.

Save over $1,000 a year with these 7 daily routine changes

These eco-friendly hacks can save you money and the environment.

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Giving Keystone Granite the keys to financial wellness

Alongside tools to craft specially made granite products, Spanish-speaking employees of a family-owned business now have tools to build their financial futures.

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Life (insurance) can be full of surprises

Most people think of life insurance as the “if I die” insurance. But, did you know, some policies accumulate a cash value you can use while you’re still alive? 

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Adulting 101: Debunking Life Insurance Misconceptions

Life insurance is one of the most misunderstood topics that come with “adulting” in my opinion. I’m definitely guilty of thinking life insurance wasn’t something to consider until way later in life. The reality is, that couldn’t be more wrong.

Preparing for College: A Timeline for Parents

Preparing for your child's college education can seem overwhelming. Check out our timeline for a step-by-step guide of when to take the necessary steps. 

Should I save for college or retirement?

A survey from COUNTRY Financial showed just how much parents are willing to sacrifice financially to pay for their kid's college. Don't let college costs derail your future savings goals. 

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Setting up your ride toward retirement in the 21st century

Like traveling toward your summer road trip’s destination, planning is an important piece to help you get to your ultimate career destination: retirement. 

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Renting vs. Buying – which leads to better financial security?

Renting and buying aren’t fundamentally good or bad. There are valid arguments to made for each path. Walk through both options before making a decision.

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3 ways to improve credit before home purchase

Check your credit score as you begin hunting for a new home. If buying ends up being the right option for you, the higher your score, the lower your rate, which in turn reduces your monthly payment and the amount of interest you have to pay over the course of your mortgage loan.  You might be surprised how much that adds up to, meaning it’s no small matter to overlook!

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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.

Top 5 (Financial) New Year’s Resolutions

Setting New Year's resolutions may seem easy, but we came up with a few that can help you protect your things, and that can help get you on the right financial track. 

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Handle your auto loan like a pro

In the market for a new car? We did some research for you.

Don’t Let the Holidays Keep You from Reaching Your Financial Goals

You're working hard to achieve your financial goals. Don't let the holidays get you off-track. 

Tips for Saving, Spending and Sharing in the Gig Economy

Purchasing services through apps and online platforms can be almost too easy. Try our tips for smart consuming in the sharing economy. 

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Protecting Yourself in the Sharing Economy

If you're thinking about earning money in the sharing economy, take simple steps to be sure you're protected. 

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Hurricane safety: small business edition

We all know there is no stopping a hurricane. However, there are steps you can take to help protect your business from destruction. 

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5 steps to build a safer workplace

A strong safety culture starts when you take simple steps.

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Proper protection for your small business

We sat down with small business owner, Josh, for the low down on commercial insurance. And why it’s super important. 

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4 home renovation tips from first-timers

Renovating a home is less overwhelming if you start with simple steps.

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4 reasons auto insurance rates are on the rise

Auto rates are increasing a little each year. Here’s four reasons why.

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Graduate with goals

No matter who in your family is earning their promotion from eighth grade, their high school diploma, or their college degree, it is a great time to get started or check in on your financial plan for college.

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How to talk to your kids about money

It’s never too early (or late) to talk to your kids about money. 

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10 ways to be green and save green

Being environmentally friendly doesn’t just save Mother Earth. It saves you money.

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Take inventory of your belongings in less than 10 minutes

If the unthinkable happened, would you be able to list every item in your home? Taking inventory is easier than you think. 

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Umbrella policy 101

Do you know what an umbrella policy is? I didn’t, so I asked some pros. 

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My morning with the (coupon) Queen

When it comes to saving money, start with simple steps (and couponing) today! Check out some great tips, tricks and advice from the coupon queen herself.

Are you planning on working into your retirement years?

The definition of “retirement” becomes more ambiguous every day.

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7 saving hacks every college student needs

No…buying lottery tickets isn’t on our list, but it probably wouldn’t hurt. 

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4 tips to lower your auto insurance

You can take simple steps every day to pinch a penny here and there. Check out these four simple tips to help save money on your auto insurance. 

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4 tips for money-savvy renters

Just like finding the perfect rental starts with simple steps, so does saving money.

Simple Steps

Spend too much on gifts this year?

A COUNTRY Financial survey found 31 percent of Americans planned to use credit cards to pay for holiday gifts this year. There are simple steps to help ease some of the debt burden.

How much money are you borrowing this holiday season?

Nearly two-thirds of Americans admit borrowing money from their savings, charging expenses to credit cards and even borrowing money from friends to pay for gifts this holiday season.

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3 types of auto coverage explained

Although auto insurance is one of the most common types of insurance out there, it’s also one of the most confusing. We help explain the three most common types of auto insurance coverages.

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Renters insurance vs. landlord insurance

Your home is where your stuff is. Do you have the right protection for your prized possessions?

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Are college costs getting in the way of your education?

Over half of Americans who didn’t finish college or trade school say education costs were a barrier to their degree.

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Tips to know before you go abroad

Are you travel enthusiast at heart but concerned about keeping your money and identity safe? We’ve got some tips that will help you feed your inner wanderlust worry-free.

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4 ways to help keep your car out of the shop

Avoid costly car repairs with these four simple tips. 

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Outdated Advice

Times are changing, and so is the advice we should be sharing with our kids. 

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How much car can I afford?

If you’re in the market for a new car, be sure to take these simple steps to help you determine how much car you can afford.

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4 common myths of home insurance

There are a number of myths around home insurance. We weigh in on four common ones. 

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Meet Travis and Shelbi – siblings in the know

See how a brother and sister got real about life insurance.

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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 to build an 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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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

We break it down for you. 

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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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FAQs: 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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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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How to Build a Legacy Plan

Leaving a legacy for your loved ones takes careful planning. Try our tips for protecting your loved ones when the time comes. 

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