Your Medicare Plan Needs an Annual Checkup

It’s time for Medicare recipients to give their coverage an annual checkup. The Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15 – December 7. Open enrollment is the only time you can update your Medicare plan for coverage beginning January 1, 2021. No matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or trying to keep your plan up-to-date, Medicare can be confusing. We’ve provided an overview of Medicare basics with some links to valuable resources.

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DIY or Hire a Professional?

When you are looking to start any home repair project, cost can outweigh your vision with a hard dose of reality. Working under the pressure of repairs needed because of a natural disaster can compound your need to save money. This is where proper planning comes in to help you find balance. Before starting any DIY home improvement project, calculating costs is key to achieving your desired outcome.

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Saving on Home Repair and Renovations

Is your home in desperate need of repair? As you probably know, renovations and repairs don’t come cheap. In fact, the national average for repairing water damage is nearly $3,000. That doesn't include replacing any lost personal items. Here are some tips to save on home repairs. 

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The storm is over, but the damage is left. What’s next?

In the wake of Hurricane Sally, we are all sobered by the reminder that anything can happen. A storm can turn and strengthen at the last minute, leaving families underprepared and quite literally picking up the pieces of their life.

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Tips for selling your home during COVID-19

Selling a home is a move people generally plan years in advance, and 2020 was no different. For many homeowners, the hot real estate market of spring and summer of 2020 was going to be the season they put their homes up for sale. And then came the coronavirus — and the world turned upside down.

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Filling Out and Understanding Your First W-4

It’s no secret that anything to do with taxes can be complicated. And when you’re busy learning the ropes of a new job, trying to fill out a W-4 form can be a huge hassle. It’s not a good idea to rush through it, because a small mistake can mean withholding too much or too little of your salary for covering your taxes. There have also been several recent changes to the W-4, so you may need to make some adjustments to your current form on file.

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Knowledge is Power – Stay Ahead of Scammers

Scams can be very frustrating because they are increasingly difficult to identify. We work hard to stay ahead of fraud trends, but scammers are always one step behind – taking advantage of technology to access your personal, private financial information.

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Beware of Work From Home Job Scams

The pandemic has forced many employees to work from home. As companies get comfortable with remote workers, the market is offering more work from home job opportunities. This changing hiring landscape will help many job seekers, but it also provides fraudsters a chance to take advantage of people. If you're job hunting in this new environment, how do you know if a job posting for a remote position is legitimate?

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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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