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Tips for Building an Emergency Fund

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Building an emergency fund for unexpected home repairs, large medical bills, a job loss, or other significant purchases is essential to ensuring financial stability and peace of mind. However, you may feel uncertain of how to get started or if you even have any extra money to set aside.  We spoke with the Fidelity Federal… Read more »

How To Open Your First Checking Account

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Opening a checking account as a teenager or college student is a great way to learn how to budget and manage your finances. Even though you may not be earning a large salary yet, you can start to earn interest, use a debit card and become familiar with online and mobile banking.  This blog from… Read more »

Tips to Keep Your Debit Card Secure

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Many of us shop online for a variety of items, including clothes, electronics, gifts and more. Using a debit card for online or even in-store purchases is often quick, convenient and cost-effective, especially during the holiday season.  When you’re in a rush to buy that last-minute item, don’t forget to be aware of safety. Follow… Read more »

The Ins and Outs of Home Equity Lines of Credit

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A home equity line of credit (HELOC) can be a great option to consider when financing home improvement projects where you need funds at different times or covering the costs of education, weddings or real estate down payments. Before moving forward, however, it’s essential to understand the ins and outs of a HELOC to determine… Read more »

5 Common Types of Mortgage Loans

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Buying a home is often a fun new adventure, but navigating mortgage loans can be challenging. Choosing the right mortgage can save you time and money, so it’s important to weigh your options carefully in this crucial step of the homebuying process. Learn more about the common mortgage loans available to you in this blog… Read more »