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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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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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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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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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How to Dispute an Error on Your Credit Report

As a financially responsible individual, you should be checking your credit on a regular basis. If all goes well, your credit card statements and report hold no surprises. Sometimes, though, you may find a mistake. When this happens, you’ll need to officially dispute the error to fix your score. Credit Report Mistakes Most credit report

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How to Recognize and Protect Yourself from Scams

Scammers always try to con victims out of their information and money. They also tend to prey on the most susceptible victims, including those who are down on their luck or are exceptionally naïve and trusting. DoverPhila Federal Credit Union’s biggest priority is your financial wellness, and that includes keeping you and your money safe.

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Scams are on the rise and take many forms. DoverPhila would never call or text to ask for your account and debit card information. If you receive an unexpected call or a text from someone claiming to be from DoverPhila, please ask questions to verify that it is a representative. If you are unsure, call us at 330-364-8874 to confirm. Learn more at our Fraud Resource page. Learn more>>

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