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The Post-Holiday Guide to Budget Recovery

The holidays are in the rearview, but if you’ve gone over budget with your spending, it’s time to deal with the aftermath, which is coming head-on. Here’s how you can get your budget back on track. Review your holiday spending How much debt did this season’s spending set you back? Spend some time crunching the

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What to Buy and What to Skip in January

January begins with a bang, but there are no major shopping holidays once the new year begins. Of course, you can still pick up great bargains this month or find that you’ve overpaid for something when its price drops right after you’ve purchased it. Here’s what to buy and what to skip in January. Buy:

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Hacks

The holidays are nipping at your heels and there’s still a lot to do! It probably seems like your stress levels keep rising while the money in your wallet keeps dwindling. It doesn’t have to be this way. With a bit of planning, you can enjoy a stress-free and affordable holiday season. Not buying what

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What to Buy and What to Skip in December

Whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping or looking for year-end bargains in any category this month, here’s what to buy and what to skip in December.    Buy: ElectronicsLots of retailers keep the leftovers from November’s sales marked down through December. Look for discounted electronics at big box stores, online retailers, and directly from

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How to Budget in Times of Inflation

Sticking to a budget during times of high inflation is challenging—but not impossible. Here are five ways to help make it happen: Plan Your Grocery PurchasesFirst, shop your pantry and fridge before hitting the store. You may not remember what you have at home, so a quick scan can help you stick to purchasing only

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What to Buy and What to Skip in November

The biggest shopping month of the year is here! Before you charge up a storm, though, remember that not all “Black Friday Deals” are really worthy of the label. Here’s what to buy and what to skip in November.  Buy: Headphones & Audio Gear Tune into your favorite holiday jams with a pair of state-of-the-art

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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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What to Buy and What to Skip in September

Get ready for big savings on big-ticket items this September! Retailers want to bring the crowds back after the big back-to-school storm has passed, and to clear the shelves before the holiday season blows in. All that, plus the Labor Day sales, means big savings in September—but not on everything. Here’s what to buy and

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Cash, Credit, or Debit – How Should You Pay?

When paying for everyday and occasional purchases, some purchases should be paid for with cash, some with a credit card, and others with a debit card. Let’s inspect each method and when you should use them. When should you use cash?Some retailers offer discounts for paying in cash, making it the wise go-to. Also, if

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What to Buy and What to Skip in August

Independence Day sales are over and Labor Day is a month away, but you can still find great deals in August. Here’s what to buy and what to skip this month.  Buy: Back-to-School Supplies Look for weekly deals on school and office supplies at big-box stores, pharmacies and e-tailers this month. Think beyond school—you can

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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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What to Buy and What to Skip in July

The days are still long and filled with sunshine. And though retailers would have you think otherwise, school is still a long way off. If you’re looking to save on some purchases this month, you can find lots of bargains around Independence Day weekend and beyond. Here’s what to buy and what to skip in

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The Best Way to Spend Your Paycheck

Everyone loves payday, but too many employees don’t know how to allocate their paycheck in a way that best serves their financial needs. Use the tips outlined below to learn how to manage your paycheck responsibly. Automatically Deduct Contributions Your first step in managing your paycheck is making sure you are deducting the optimal amounts.

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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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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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