Are We Becoming a Cashless Society?

Are we becoming a cashless society? This question has come to the forefront over the last few months as coins have become scarce and stores are having trouble providing change. We've done some research to help address this concern for our members.

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Tips for Safely Using Phone and Tablet Apps

We all have countless apps on our phones and other devices. From social media to games and everything in between, apps are a huge part of our lives. But did you know that every time you download a new app, you may be permitting the app to collect personal information about you?

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How to Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

Even if you make a good salary, it’s easy to “live into” your income over time. Start creating healthy habits and positive lifestyle changes that set you up for financial success now and in the future.

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

While many people along the Gulf Coast know to stock up on necessities like water, canned goods and batteries, the process of preparing your finances tends to get overlooked. Financial preparedness is critical to resuming daily life following a storm. Here are some steps you can take to help you maintain your financial stability in the event of a disaster.

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Find the Perfect Home Loan

Thinking about buying a home? Get started early to decide which lender and type of loan best fit your needs. Taking the time to learn about your options can ease stress and save you money on your down payment, interest, and fees.

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What to do When Facing Financial Hardship

Financial hardship is something that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. What seems like a small bump in the road to others may be life-altering for you. Each of our financial lives is entirely different. The good news is that no matter what kind of financial hardship you’re facing, you can get through it.

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Beware of Grandparent Scams

Scammers often target what they perceive to be vulnerable demographics of people. Unfortunately, this includes the youngest and oldest adults in our population. Scammers use fear or pressure to make their scams appear legitimate when they really aren’t. With a largely uncertain environment because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, scams are on the rise against grandparents.

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Take Time to Teach Your Kids About Money

If you’re looking for ways to supplement your kids’ learning and keep them busy, we can help! We’ve compiled some great resources and tips for teaching your kids about money – no matter their age.

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How can I maximize my COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

As you’ve probably heard, the federal government is issuing stimulus checks to all Americans during this challenging financial time. If you’re out of work, you have probably allocated the money you will receive toward bills that are already adding up. If you’re still working and earning a paycheck, you may have the stimulus earmarked for savings – just in case.

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Beware of COVID-19 Scams

You’re working hard to do your part during the COVID-19 outbreak. You’re respecting social distancing guidelines, washing your hands more frequently and looking out for neighbors and friends in need. Unfortunately, scammers are working just as hard.

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Tips for Stopping Spam Phone Calls

Scammers are increasingly smart and persistent. Fraud is their fulltime job, and they’re committed to making their efforts successful. Scammers are usually mere steps behind technological advances aimed at keeping us safe from fraud.

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How a Strong Password is Safeguarding You from Fraud

You have dozens of accounts with logins to remember – from retailers to banks to subscription accounts. You may think that your password is private and secure, so it doesn’t hurt to use the same one for all of your accounts…right? Unfortunately, that’s not true.

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Create Your Savings Plan

It's America Saves Week, a national campaign that offers tips and encouragement to help you become a saver. There's not a better time to make a savings plan to meet your financial goals. Savers who make a plan are twice as likely to save successfully. Here are a few steps to get you on track to meet all of your savings goals with confidence.

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Avoid Fraud When Using Mobile Payment Apps

Mobile payment apps like CashApp, Venmo, and Zelle are increasingly popular for transferring money to friends and even making payments. They’re a great way to send money quickly (or instantly!) without the need for cash. But are these apps safe to use?

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Get the Most Out of Tax Season

Tax season is beginning. For most of us, that can mean seemingly endless forms, paystubs, and other paperwork to work through as you file. It can also mean that you have a refund check coming your way. Get the most out of tax season with these tips on filing your taxes and investing your refund. 

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