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Five Reasons We Overspend (and How to Overcome Them)

What makes us overspend? Let’s look at five common reasons and how we can overcome them.  1. To keep up with the JonesesWhen people who seem to be in the same financial bracket as us can afford another pair of designer shoes for each outfit, we should be able to afford them, too, right? Break

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Managing Holiday Expenses

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year; but for many, the holidays can be an expensive time. From gifts to decorations to wrapping paper to special events, it’s easy to overspend and possibly even go into debt paying for all the extras. In 2019, Forbes reported on a Gallop poll showing

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Beware of Debt-Collection Scams

Don’t be the next victim of a debt-collection scam! Here’s all you need to know about these scams: HOW THE SCAMS PLAY OUT In a debt-collection scam, a caller claiming to represent a debt-collection agency demands immediate payment for an alleged outstanding debt. The caller insists on specific means of payment and may threaten to

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What’s the Best Way to Use a Home Equity Loan

With interest rates falling and home prices rising, it might be a good time to use your home’s equity. A home equity loan, or HEL, can be an ideal way to source extra funds during a falling-rates environment. If approved, you’ll receive the funds in one lump sum within a few days. There are no

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When Does It Make Sense to Pay a Bill with a Credit Card

Credit cards and debit cards offer incredible convenience; but, is it a smart idea to pay monthly bills with them? Choosing to pay a bill with a card can have a significant impact on your general financial wellness. It’s important to consider the many variables of this decision before going ahead with it. Let’s inspect

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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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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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Why Does Credit Score Matter?

Your credit score is an indicator of your financial wellness and responsibility. We have outlined how credit scores are calculated, why it matters, and steps to take to improve your score. How is my credit score calculated?The three major credit bureaus in the U.S. collect and share information on a person’s credit usage with potential

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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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Step 10 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Make It Automatic

Now that you’re maximizing your payments toward the debt you’ve prioritized, make sure it happens by automating your payments. Set up an automatic transfer in your designated amount from your checking account or your savings account to that debt each month, and it will be well on its way to disappearing! Need help? Meet with

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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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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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Step 7 of 12 Towards Financial Freedom: Create A Debt Snowball

You’ve organized your debt, you’ve set up an emergency fund, and you’re working on spending less. You’re now ready to start getting rid of that debt — for good! Choose the debt you’d like to pay down first. Financial experts typically suggest starting from the smallest debt and working your way up. You can also

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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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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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Seven Steps to a Mid-Year Financial Check-Up

It feels like you just packed away the holiday decorations yesterday, but believe it or not, 2019 is already half over. As we sail into the season of barbecues and beaches, take a few minutes to give yourself a mid-year financial checkup. A small investment of time can spur important changes that can affect your

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