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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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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Here’s how to enjoy a romantic evening with your partner without going into debt: Work with a budgetWe know your partner means the world to you, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend the world proving it. Designate a budget for all your Valentine’s Day expenses — and stick to it! Use a sales

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Scam Update: Unemployment Fraud

IDENTITY THEFTThroughout the COVID-19 pandemic, scammers have been stealing personal information from individuals and then filing and claiming unemployment benefits in that individual’s name. Victims of these unemployment scams are often just now learning about this identity theft, as unemployment agencies are sending tax forms (1099-G) for income tax filing. If you received a 1099-G

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Beware of Romance Scams

With COVID-19 forcing more singles to connect online, America’s most expensive scam is on the rise. Romance scams are all over the internet and can be difficult to spot. Here’s what you need to know about these scams. HOW THE SCAM PLAYS OUTIn a romance ruse, a scammer creates a bogus online profile and attempts to connect

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DoverPhila Prioritizes Members & Invests in Community

While 2020 was challenging in so many ways, it marked considerable community investment and product enhancement for DoverPhila Federal Credit Union as it continued to be a financial leader in Tuscarawas County while giving back to its members. Because of great financial results in 2020, the credit union gave back $1.65 million to its members

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What You Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market

Trends and stats in real estate are constantly changing, especially during the unstable economy of COVID-19. Here’s what you need about the real estate market today. Is it a buyer’s market now? Pickings are slim for homebuyers right now, giving sellers the upper hand and driving up prices for buyers. Low supply also means homes are

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Protect Yourself From COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

As vaccine distribution begins across the country, scammers will be tagging right along. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam: You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine. No one from a vaccine distribution site or

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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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COVID-19 Scams: Updates & Reminders

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT SCAMS – TEXTScammers are texting taxpayers and trying to trick them into disclosing bank account information or other personal identifying information under the guise of receiving an Economic Impact Payment. The scam text message states: “You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept

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Five Steps to Take After Being Hacked

Uh oh — you’ve been hacked! Finding out someone has cracked open your accounts and helped themselves to your information can be alarming, but there are ways to mitigate the damage while jump-starting your recovery process. Here are five steps to take after being hacked: Step 1: Assess the damage First, determine the damage. Unfortunately, one

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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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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving During COVID-19

It’s turkey season! Here’s how to celebrate Thanksgiving 2020 without compromising the health and safety of you and your guests. PLANNING A THANKSGIVING DINNERIf you’ll be hosting an in-person Thanksgiving dinner this year, take steps to ensure your day is as safe as possible. First, consider hosting it outside. Moving Thanksgiving dinner outdoors reduces spreading

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Can You Celebrate Halloween Safely this Year?

How to safely celebrate Halloween is a question frightening Halloween-lovers all over the globe. But, with some precautions, Halloween can still be a frightfully fun day for the entire family. Here’s how: Should I take my family trick-or-treating this year? According to many medical health professionals, the answer depends on where you live. “In an area

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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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Beware the Pending Package Scam

Everyone loves a surprise package, and scammers are taking the excitement out of that experience by using bogus packages as a cover for a nefarious scam that tricks victims into sharing personal information. Here’s all you need to know about the pending package scam: How the scam plays outIn the pending package scam, the victim

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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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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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