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Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Savings

It is that time of year again: Time to clean out those closets, polish that furniture, and clear out that clutter! Spring is also the perfect time of year to review your saving habits and spruce up your saving goals. Here is how to spring-clean your savings in five simple steps. Assess your saving habits.

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How to Save When You’re Barely Making It Through the Month

For individuals grappling with financial challenges, the idea of saving money can seem like an unattainable luxury. However, neglecting your savings when the going gets tough can make things even more difficult down the line. Here is why you should continue saving through financially challenging times and practical steps for making it happen. THE WHY

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Holiday Budgeting 101

It’s easy to get caught up in the magic of holiday spending. But if you rely on credit to make holiday wishes a reality, the magic often falls flat when your bills come due. Take the time to create a holiday budget and avoid a post-holiday spending hangover. BE REALISTICSetting a realistic but firm budget

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Best Practices for Using a Credit Card

By adequately managing a credit card, you can earn rewards and build your credit score while making regular purchases. GET THE RIGHT CARDThe first step to best using a credit card is to get the right one. That means doing your research. It would help if you considered your spending habits and priorities regarding rewards.

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Your Complete Guide to a Spend-Free Summer Weekend

Between flip-flops and baseball, beach days and the Fourth of July, there’s much to love about summer! Unfortunately, the warmest season can be expensive. A great way to combat a swollen summer budget is to take a financial fast on a summer weekend—or several of them. Here’s how.  Plan ahead. Your spend-free weekend won’t happen

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Not So Great Popular Money Tips

Money tips can be helpful, but it’s important to remember that not all advice is created equal. Let’s look at three common money tips that aren’t as great as their claim. 1: The latte factor. The claim: Cutting out your daily latte will solve all your money problems. The truth: Trimming discretionary expenses will only

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Money and Mental Health

For many, mentioning the word “money” sparks stress and anxiety. At the same time, living a financially responsible life can help one maintain optimal mental health. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to examine the connection between money and mental health. HOW DO FINANCIAL STRUGGLES IMPACT MENTAL HEALTH? There

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Does Good Debt Exist?

Despite its bad rap, not all debt is bad debt. Some are actually beneficial for the debtor and considered “good debt.” Here’s a look at the factors defining good debt, the various types of good debt, and how to keep debt from going bad. WHAT IS GOOD DEBT? Good debt helps you build wealth or

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Step 12 of 12 to Financial Wellness – Review & Tweak

Congratulations! You’ve reached the 12th and final step of the 12 steps to financial wellness. Here, we’ll review the previous actions and adjust this part of your financial health plan as necessary.  Step 1: Track your spendingAre you regularly tracking your spending? Knowing where your money is going will help you make more responsible spending

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Step 11 of 12 to Financial Wellness – Start Investing

The world of investing can be confusing, especially for a first-timer. No worries, though; DoverPhila Federal Credit Union can help! Here’s how to invest in five easy steps. Step 1: Define your tolerance for risk  If you’re investing, be prepared for potential losses because there are no sure things. But how much loss can you

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Step 10 of 12 to Financial Wellness – Plan for Retirement

It’s never too early—or too late—to plan for your retirement. However, the more time you allow for your savings to grow, the bigger the nest egg you’ll have when it’s time to cash in.  Here’s how to get started on planning your retirement. Set a Target Number First, determine how much you’ll need to have

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Step 9 of 12 of Financial Wellness—Build & Maintain Excellent Credit Score

Your credit score is vital to your financial health. This number measures your money management skills, credit capacity and fiscal responsibility. An excellent credit score can open the door to large loans and with better interest rates, as well as employment opportunities and more.  Let’s explore the best ways to build and maintain an excellent

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12 Steps to Financial Wellness Step 8: Know When & How to Indulge

Living a life of financial wellness means being happy with a lifestyle that’s within your means, but doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re lacking. At the same time, financial wellness means discipline governs money choices and not by emotion. So how do you balance the two? Here’s how to indulge responsibly.  Live with a BudgetTo

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12 Steps to Financial Wellness Step 7: How to Pay Yourself First

“Pay yourself first” is a catchphrase that refers to prioritizing your personal savings above other expenses. To achieve it, savings should be a fixed line on your budget that happens every month without fail. Here’s how to pay yourself first. Review Your Spending Take a clear look at your spending. If you already have a budget,

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12 Steps to Financial Wellness Step 6: Pay it Forward

There’s so much good you can do with the money you’ve been blessed to have. There’s also a lot of good you can do with your time, talents, and possessions. Let’s explore some ways you can make the world better by paying it forward.  Donate funds to your favorite causeThe classic and simplest way to

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Step 3 of 12 to Financial Wellness: Pay Down Debt

You’ve tracked your spending, designed a budget for your monthly expenses, and you’re on a path to financial wellness. In this next step, you’ll create a plan for paying down debt. Consumer debt can be one of the biggest challenges to financial wellness. With some intentional action and commitment, reaching true financial wellness is possible.

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Step 2 of 12 to Financial Wellness: Creating a Budget

Now that you’ve tracked your spending and kept a careful record of where your money goes over the course of a month, you’re ready to move onto the next financial wellness step: creating a budget. Budgets play a crucial role in promoting financial awareness, which leads to more responsible money choices. Let’s look at how

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12 Steps to Financial Wellness-Step 1: How to Track Your Spending

Tracking your spending is the first step toward greater financial awareness and overall financial health. But, mastering this skill is easier said than done. How can you track every dollar you spend when you make multiple daily purchases? We’ve outlined how to track your spending in 3 easy steps. 1. Choose your tools. Tracing every

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