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What to Do with Your First Paycheck

What to Do with Your First PaycheckAs part of the changes you’re gearing up for in the months after you graduate, you’re poised to enter the working world as a long-term employee, perhaps for the first time in your life. As you prepare for this transition, you might have dollar signs dancing in your head

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Tracking Holiday Spending Keeps Season Stress Down

The holidays will look different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why most people will try harder to make the season brighter. But you don’t have to dip into the kids’ college savings to create a special time! The most important thing to remember is a plan with a set spending amount

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Five Ways to Trim Your Fixed Expenses

When trying to trim a monthly budget, most people don’t even consider their fixed expenses; however, with just a bit of effort and research, most of these costs can be reduced. 1. Consider a refinanceTrim your mortgage payments by refinancing at a lower interest rate. It will cost a bit, but you can roll closing

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The Beginner’s Guide to Filling Out a W-4

It’s no secret that the IRS excels at making things complicated. And when you’re busy learning the ropes of a new job, trying to fill out a 4-page W-4 form can be a huge hassle. It’s not a good idea to rush through it, though, because a small mistake now can mean withholding too much

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DoverPhila Scheduled to Present Financial Education Programs at Local Libraries

DoverPhila Federal Credit Union is partnering with Dover Public Library and Tuscarawas County Public Library System to present a series of financial education programs. On Saturday, September 26th at 2:30pm, the credit union’s Finances 101 program will be available in the Dover Public Library’s parking lot.   Finances 101 is a financial education program geared

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How Can You Replenish a Savings Account That’s Been Wiped Clean?

Using emergency funds to survive prolonged unemployment, an unexpected large expense, or a medical emergency is the best way to make it through financial hardship. If your savings are depleted, though, it’s best to start rebuilding as soon as possible. Here’s how: SET A GOALBefore getting started on saving up money, establish a tangible goal.

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Is It a Good Idea to Open a HELOC Now?

If you’re looking to fund a home improvement project, or the economic devastation of COVID-19 has left you in need of cash, consider tapping into your home’s equity with a home equity line of credit, or a HELOC. WHAT IS A HELOC?A HELOC is a revolving credit line allowing homeowners to borrow money against the

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How to Dispute and Pay for Large Medical Bills

Astronomical medical bills can be devastating to any budget. Here’s how to dispute and pay for large medical bills in five easy steps. Step 1: Review your bills.Typically, you’ll receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your insurance company in addition to the actual bill telling you how much you’re responsible for paying. It’s important

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The Importance of Financial Literacy in a Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has caused income loss, uncertainties, and an increase in fraudulent attacks throughout Ohio and nationwide. Smart money management is more important than ever, but studies show that Americans are falling behind in financial literacy. While the U.S. is the world’s largest economy, Investment News reported it as ranking only 14th for financial

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Step 12 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Celebrate!

Is your debt shrinking? Have you gotten rid of one of your outstanding loans or lines of credit? Well, then it’s time to celebrate! Take the time, this month, to celebrate every small goal you’ve reached on your journey toward paying down debt. You don’t need to spend much to celebrate an achievement; find inexpensive

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Step 11 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Track Your Progress

Update every bit of progress you make on the debt spreadsheet you created earlier this year. Keep your spreadsheet in a visible place so you can quickly and frequently track your progress. Watching those numbers shrink will give you the motivation you need to work harder and make it all happen quicker. Just imagine; one

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Help! I Overspent on Christmas!

It’s easy to go overboard for Christmas. Giving extravagant gifts to your family members seems like a great idea … until you’re facing a huge credit card bill in January. However, it happened, approach this problem rationally. Blaming yourself is pointless; the important thing now is to right yourself financially. Fortunately, you’re not facing this

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Eight Ways to Beat Holiday Stress

‘Tis the season to be merry-except sometimes, it’s not. If you tend to feel stressed when the holidays roll around, here are eight tips to help turn that frown upside down. 1. Watch the buck Nothing kills the holiday cheer like a mountain of debt. Stick to a budget when doing your holiday shopping and

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Step 8 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Boost Your Income

Increase your income this month to help you pay down debt. There are a handful of practical ways to accomplish this. For instance, consider asking for a raise or promotion at your current workplace or seeking employment elsewhere if you feel you’ve reached your maximum earning potential at the company. You can also freelance for

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What to Buy and What to Skip This Black Friday

It’s the bargain-hunter’s favorite season-or is it? Before you brave the crowds Black Friday, take a few minutes to read through our list of what to buy and what to skip so you come home only with true bargains. Skip: Large Home AppliancesWhile you may find markdowns on large household appliances, like dishwashers and refrigerators,

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Step 6 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Trim Expenses

If you’ve been following our Financial Freedom series, then you know that last month we focused on creating a budget. Now that we have a budget, let’s slim it down! You’ve already practiced spending less thanks to Step #2 in this series. Now, it’s time to get serious about it. Take a long, hard look at the

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Couples and Money: Truth or Friction?

Money is one of the most sensitive topics couples face. Disagreement over spending and saving habits is one of the most frequent causes of friction in a relationship. Truthful, frank discussion and mutual financial planning can go a long way to resolve the tension. BUDGET: A DIRTY WORD?Does the mere mention of a budget start

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DoverPhila Presents Master Your Money Series with Area Organizations

DoverPhila Federal Credit Union is partnering with OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas County and the United Way of Tuscarawas County, Inc. to host “Master Your Money: Four-Part Series.” “Master Your Money” is a financial workshop that focuses on introducing easy, straightforward methods to help individuals reach their financial goals. The workshop is scheduled for August and September at

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