Money Matters: Credit vs. Debit @757

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(Kristen) Welcome to Money Matters at 757 with Justin Chastain. And, Justin, we are looking at the difference today between credit and debit cards. So, we have both in our wallet. What’s the difference?

(Justin) Well, the major difference is a credit card is going to be based off your credit score and credit report, and they’re going to give you a credit limit. Your debit card is going to be based off of the amount you have in your checking ...

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Money Matters: Emergency Savings @757

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(Kristen) Welcome to Money Matters at 757 with Justin Chastain, and, Justin, today we are talking about preparing for the unexpected. So, how do we get started? There’s a lot of unexpected right?

(Justin) That’s life right? But the biggest key is to start small. You do not have to worry about having all of your goals or your emergency fund funded the next day. You know, again, if you start with baby steps, have trusted advisors, and make it fun, ...

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Money Matters: Compounding Interest @757

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(Kristen) Welcome to Money Matters at 757 with Justin Chastain, and, Justin, today we are talking about how to make our money work for us. That’s something we all want, so can you give us a good example?

(Justin) Yes, so, exactly. So, the biggest thing you can do with your money is have it compound. So, that means giving your money more time, and you do not need to start out with a lot of money originally. You just don’t. ...

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Money Matters: Taxing Social Security

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Hey, did you know that you might have to pay income tax on your Social Security benefits?

Not everyone does, but if you continue to work past retirement age, as many people do these days, your tax liability will be based on your salary, plus tax-free income, plus one-half of your Social Security benefits. This could result in a portion of your benefits being taxed.

The tax rate will vary depending on your total income. The lower the income, the lower the ...

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Money Matters: Missing a Mortgage Payment

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Hey! If you’re worried about missing a mortgage payment, here are four options to consider that will save you time and money down the road.

Option 1: Contact your lender and let them know about your financial hardship. They may work with you to minimize overall financial losses and difficulties.

Option 2: A loan modification is when the lender and borrower agree to permanent new loan terms.

Option 3: In a forbearance agreement, monthly payments are temporarily suspended or reduced. Expect to pay ...

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Money Matters: Secure Mobile Banking

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Hey! Interested in the convenience of mobile banking, but worried about security? Here are 5 tips to keep your money safe.

  1. Use a unique password, and keep it secret.
  2. Check your connection. Website addresses that start with “https://“ indicate you are on a secure site.
  3. If someone contacts you and claims to work for your bank, contact your bank directly to verify the person is actually a representative.
  4. Regularly monitor your accounts and transactions so that you can spot and report fraud to your ...
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Money Matters: Why Get Insurance

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Hey! Do you ever wonder why you need insurance?

You might think it’s to protect your stuff, but actually it’s to protect your family.

Insurance is a contract made between you and the insurance company that protects you, as well as your family, from unexpected emergencies or losses.

Some forms of insurance are required by law, while others are optional.

Insurance may seem like an extra expense at first, as you have to pay a monthly premium for the policy, but long term it ...

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Money Matters: Mobile and Online Banking

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Hey! If you haven’t started using online or mobile banking yet, here are some things you should know:

Number 1: It’s simple, flexible, and convenient. You can access your bank information, transfer money, and make payments whenever and wherever you have an internet connection.

Number 2: It’s secure. It may even be more secure than carrying around credit or debit cards, which can be stolen or compromised. Make sure to password-protect your phone and log out of all financial apps after using, ...

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Money Matters: Credit Card Debt

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Hey! How can a snowball help you become debt-free?

If you’re using credit cards to finance your way of life and not paying off the balance each month, you’re probably paying a lot in interest and penalties.

For instance, paying the $25 minimum on a $1,000 balance will take over four years to pay off and could cost you over $300 in interest alone. So it’s in your best interest to pay that balance off as quickly as possible.

That’s where the snowball ...

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