Financial Fundamentals Blog

Four signs you might be a victim of tax-related identity theft

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Though the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that tax-related identity theft is on the decline, it’s still a possibility. Here are a few signs that could indicate you’re a victim.

Four tips to handling financial stress

  • Beth Ann Tabak
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.

Credit Report 101: What is it and why should you check it?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
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.

Five money mistakes and how to fix them

  • Beth Ann Tabak
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.

Credit Freeze vs. Fraud Alert: Which is right for you?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
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

  • Beth Ann Tabak
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.

Budgeting Tips for the Last-Minute Shopper

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Need a few tips to get that last-minute shopping done at a reasonable price? You've come to the right place.

Money-saving tips for the holidays

  • Beth Ann Tabak
The music has a jingle to it, the gift guides are out and the lights are twinkling, which can only mean one thing: the holidays are upon us. Here are a few tips on how to save money and avoid overspending this season.

Shop smart and save for the Holidays

  • Beth Ann Tabak
The holidays are in full swing, and shopping days are running out. I know what you’re thinking: It’s too late to score deals and save money. Don’t worry; there are still steps you can take to cut costs even if your shopping has only just begun. Let’s review some of those steps as well as explore year-round measures that can help put you at the top of your financial game next year.

Use Online and Mobile Banking for an easier Holiday Season

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Feeling the pressure of the Holidays already? Don’t worry, we have some tips on how online and mobile banking can truly make the Holidays the most wonderful time of the year.

Cash vs. Credit: Which is better?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
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!

Holiday Survival Guide

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and another year has almost come and gone. If you’re like most Americans, the next few weeks will be filled with shopping, attending parties, baking and decorating. What it won’t be filled with is time, or at least it can feel that way. Take charge of your holidays with these tips from KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education).