Financial Fundamentals Blog

Financial benefits of working from home

  • Francesca Sacco
While the country returns to normal following the height of the pandemic, many people are still finding themselves working from home. It’s not surprising to learn that working from home can be very different from working in the office. There are new complications.

How Debt Consolidation Affects Your Credit

  • Francesca Sacco
  When you find yourself swamped with debt and facing large monthly payments across multiple accounts, debt consolidation can become an attractive option to create short-term financial relief while also making a long-term plan for debt repayment.   Depending on how you approach debt consolidation, though, this financial relief...

Should I Get My Car Loan Through a Credit Union or a Bank?

  • Francesca Sacco
  Unless you have the available funds to afford a vehicle outright, you’ll need to get approved for an auto loan to cover at least part of the cost of a new vehicle purchase. To do that, you’ll need to line up financing to cover whatever you can’t pay out of pocket.   While the financing part of buying a car might seem less...

6 Advantages Credit Unions Have over Banks, and Why You Should Join One

  • Francesca Sacco
 

Impulse buying: What it is and how to stop it

  • Francesca Sacco
We’ve all fallen for the temporary excitement of an impulse buy. Something catches your eye at the store or while you’re scrolling online and the next thing you know, it’s in your cart or on its way to your house.

Key Differences Between Credit Unions and Banks

  • Francesca Sacco
If you’ve never been a member of a credit union before, you might have questions about how these financial institutions differ from traditional banks and whether or not they offer the same services as for-profit banks.

How Credit Scores Are Determined and Why They Matter

  • Francesca Sacco
  You might not think about credit scores much in your day-to-day life — and if you’re just getting started managing your own money, you might have no idea what your credit score even is.    But while this number might reside beyond your line of sight, it can have huge implications for your short-term finances, and it could...

IRA Guide: How to Evaluate Different IRA Options for Retirement

  • Francesca Sacco
  Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are a financial vehicle designed to help American workers save for their retirement. While these accounts are just one type of investment and savings solution that can be used to achieve retirement goals, they’re an important fixture for many consumers. IRAs come in a few different shapes...

Should I Consolidate my Debt?

  • Francesca Sacco
Are you struggling with debt and considering debt consolidation? Before you take out a consolidation loan, make sure it’s the right choice for you.

Features to consider when opening a new checking account

  • Francesca Sacco
There are thousands of banks and credit unions in the United States, and each offers a variety of checking accounts with different features and fees. If you’re in the market for a new checking account, be sure to do your research before making your choice. We’ve compiled a list of the best features to consider when opening a new checking account.

Don’t be Fooled by Deferred Interest

  • Francesca Sacco
Using a credit card may sound like a smart way to finance a large purchase, but if you’re not careful, you may be falling into a debt trap. Most retailers offer store-branded, deferred interest credit cards to appeal to buyers, but few consumers are aware of the pitfalls of deferred interest.

Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Day Ideas

  • Francesca Sacco
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with it, the reminder that you should shower your loved ones with lavish gifts. But expressing your love doesn’t mean emptying your wallet. You can still make romantic or thoughtful gestures without breaking the bank.