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Financial Basics

Learning how to make sense of your money doesn’t have to be boring. Bite-sized episodes and articles explain the basic (and sometimes not-so-basic) concepts around important financial topics like budgeting, credit, saving, investing, and retirement. Follow Jen on her journey to through the world of personal finance – and meet some funny friends along the way. Because everything is better with cartoons.

 

Choosing Your Financial Institution

Credit unions and banks may offer essentially the same products and services, but there are big differences in the way they operate. Why does that matter to you? Well, those differences can impact the fees you pay, the interest rates you get on your loans and accounts, as well as the help you get to resolve issues or reach your goals.

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Breakdown of a Credit Score

Many people know what a credit score is, but few understand what makes up this mysterious and powerful number. Your score can have a big impact on your life. It can influence whether or not you get a loan for that new car or house you’ve been dreaming of – and it can determine how much that loan will cost you. When we understand what goes into our score, we can have more control over how it impacts our life.

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Foiling Identity Theft

Reports of identity theft increase each year. It costs victims, from all over the world, billions of dollars and countless hours to recover. When you know what identity thieves want and how they’ll try to get it, you can protect yourself and your personal information.

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Boost Your Credit Score

If you’re new to credit or need to rebuild a damaged score, getting a good score can seem complicated and overwhelming. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. When you get the facts about boosting your credit score, you may find it’s easier than you think.

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Budgeting Basics

If you feel stressed about your finances, creating a budget may sound like the last thing you want to do. Budgeting has gotten a bad reputation for being restrictive and no fun, but the truth is a budget can be your best financial friend. It helps you give each dollar a job so that you can make spending decisions you feel good about, reach your goals, and relieve financial stress.

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Compound Interest Mind Bend

If you feel stressed about your finances, creating a budget may sound like the last thing you want to do. Budgeting has gotten a bad reputation for being restrictive and no fun, but the truth is a budget can be your best financial friend. It helps you give each dollar a job so that you can make spending decisions you feel good about, reach your goals, and relieve financial stress.

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