Your Medicare Plan Needs an Annual Checkup

https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-coversIt’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, 2020. 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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The Importance of Checking Your Annual Credit Report

Did you know that you can check your annual credit report for free once each year? You may not think that checking it every year is necessary. After all, you have a general idea of where your credit stands. You’ve been approved for credit cards and auto loans. You make your payments on time and keep an eye on your balances. 

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Weighing Your Options for Trading in a Vehicle

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, you may consider trading in your current one. It may seem like a “given” that trading in your vehicle is precisely what you’re supposed to do – but you have options! 

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Should My Kids Have an Allowance?

If you have kids, the idea of an allowance has probably been brought up around the dinner table – whether by you or them! Maybe you’ve even started the process of introducing an allowance, but you’re wondering if you’re making the most of this learning experience for your kids. 

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Avoid Fraud While Shopping Online

Each year we see headlines about businesses closing their brick-and-mortar stores as people turn to online retailers for their purchases. If you think about it, you probably have your debit or credit card linked to at least a half dozen websites for easy ordering. With this rise of online shopping comes an increased risk of fraud by sharing your personal financial information. You probably think you know how to spot a scam and protect yourself, but do you really? We have a few essential tips that every online shopper needs to know.

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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Ride?

If you’ve owned your car for a while, you may have the itch to upgrade. Even if you don’t need to get a new vehicle, you might still want to trade your vehicle in on something new – or at least new to you. According to AutoTrader, the average person keeps a new car for six years, with the average life of a vehicle being 11 years.

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Did You Overspend on Back-to-School Shopping? We Can Help.

If you're like a lot of parents, the back-to-school shopping got away from you, and you overspent. If back-to-school shopping overextended your budget and you swiped your credit card more than you care to admit, there’s a way we can help.

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Combatting Fraud: Sweepstakes Scams

We all dream of receiving that call or email that tells us we’ve won a huge cash prize or sweepstakes. In fact, you have probably thought about how you’d spend the money – the house you’d buy, the places to travel, and how you would donate to your favorite charity to make a difference.

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Seven Money Myths

We all grow up hearing the same financial advice: Spend less, save more and invest early. While most of these words of wisdom ring true, there are lots of widespread money management tips that are actually false.                                                                                                

Read on for 7 money myths that might be causing you more financial stress than benefit.  

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Combatting Fraud: Tech Support Scams

Odd pop-up on your computer? Beware the tech support scam!

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Banking Without a Branch

There was a time when 100% of banking happened inside of a bank’s physical location. Over time technology has improved to allow customers and members to bank more conveniently with drive-thru teller lines, ATMs, debit cards, online banking, digital wallets and mobile check deposits.

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Combatting Fraud: Identity Theft

Perhaps the scariest scam out there is getting your identity stolen. Here are some resources to help you understand how identity theft happens and how you can protect yourself 

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Looking for a New Car? Get Tips From Our Car Loan Expert Berry Ellis Before You Do!

Summer is here, and it’s time to buy a new car. We know that the car-buying process can be overwhelming – especially when you’re trying to get the best deal. We interviewed Berry Ellis, the AVP of Consumer Lending here at Gulf Winds to get answers to some of the questions we hear the most.

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Combatting Fraud: Charity Scams

Chances are, you’ve been solicited for a donation to a charity organization. Whether it’s your college alumni association or another cause that is near to your heart, you may feel compelled to give when you receive a call or letter...

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Applying for College Financial Aid

School is out for the summer, and you’re probably thinking that you have a break from the stress of thinking about anything school related. But if you have a student who will be a junior or senior in high school next school year, it’s time to get serious about college.

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