Financial Fundamentals Blog

How to Handle Financial Stress: 4 Expert Tips

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We all have stress in our lives, but sometimes nothing can match the stress we feel from our financial lives. Here are four helpful tips from KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education) for handling financial stress.

Creating a College Student Budget: Your Essential Guide

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You’re half-way through your first semester of college. By now, you’ve successfully navigated which foods are the best – and the worst – in the cafeteria; you’ve negotiated sharing space with your new roommate; and you’ve found the best shortcut to get to your 8 a.m. class ON TIME. You’re off to a great start and a successful future!

Identity Theft: How to Stay Proactive and Lower Your Risk

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As we all know, the risk for identity theft is ever present. However, staying vigilant and being proactive in securing your information can help reduce that risk and eliminate headaches down the road. Here are a few steps that you can take to make your information more secure.

What is a Credit Report and Why Should You Check It?

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Your credit report might be the most important financial tool you have, but do you know why? Check out this primer on the basics of a credit report, and why it’s so essential to your financial life.

Cash vs. Credit: Which is better?

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Ever wonder what form of payment – cash or credit – is better for money management? Here are a few advantages of using a credit card that might help you settle your debate!

How to Talk to Kids About Money: Practical Tips and Tricks

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Learn how to prepare them for financial success.

Fraud Alert vs. Credit Freeze: Which is Right for You?

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If you’re concerned about identity theft, it could be in your best interest to place a Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert on your accounts. But, which one is right for you? Here’s what these tools are and how they work so that you can determine your next steps.

Budgeting Made Easy: Tips for Financial Success

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Welcome to the New Year! With a new year comes new resolutions: For some it’s eating better, for others it’s getting fit, and for many it’s getting their finances in order. When it comes to getting your finances in check, it can be difficult to know where to start.

5 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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Working to achieve your financial goals can be a delicate balancing act, and even when you make your best effort, mistakes can happen. Let’s face it – we’re only human. What you don’t want is to let a mistake go uncorrected because it can have serious repercussions down the road. Let’s review five common money mistakes and their fixes.

5 Reasons You Should Start a Savings Account

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Whether your goals include purchasing a house or setting aside money for emergencies, a savings account is a strategic way to prepare for your future. Starting a savings account will help you put money away, making saving automatic and even earning interest.

Effective Ways To Increase Your Tax Refund

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Tax season is upon us! Filing taxes may seem like a hassle that you want to be done with quickly, but if you take your time and make sure you’re remembering deductions and applicable credits, you can maximize your tax refund while minimizing your tax liability.

What to Know Before Buying Your First Car

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Buying your first car. It can be an exciting time and one of stress too. On one hand, you're considering what features you want, what color you prefer, and of course, which locations you’re driving to once you have it.