Money Matters: Credit vs. Debit

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Hey. Do you know the difference between a credit card and a debit card?

When you use a credit card, it basically means you’re taking a loan from your bank. If you pay the full amount each month on time, there is no extra cost. But if you only pay part of the balance, it can get very expensive. You’ll be charged interest, and if you’re late, there could be penalties as well.

A debit card, on the other hand, takes the ...

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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: Family Financial Conversations Between Generations

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Hey! Do you know how to have the hard conversations about money with your family? Here are four topics to get your conversations started.

Number 1: Where to find key documents, including bank account information, documentation of any assets or liabilities, deeds, titles, and life insurance.

Number 2: Plans in case of illness. Who will be the power of attorney when a loved one falls ill?

Number 3: It’s a good idea to document increased and ongoing healthcare needs, and discuss those needs ...

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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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Money Matters: Kid-Friendly Financial Fundamentals

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Trying to figure out which financial habits to focus on with your family may feel overwhelming. One way to think about such a big topic is by breaking these habits into four easy-to-understand main categories.

First is understanding how money is earned in a household, a key to many financial conversations.

Second is borrowing and understanding debt, repayments, and how this contributes to financial health.

Third is spending and saving, the concept of putting aside money to make purchases.

Last is financial decision-making. In ...

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Money Matters: Credit Scores

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Hey! Do you know the four biggest things that impact your credit score?

A credit score is a rating that banks use to make a decision when you apply for a loan.

About 35% of your score is based on your payment history. Did you pay your bills on time? And do you always pay at least the minimum amount?

About 30% is determined by what you owe and is broken into two parts: the total amount you owe your lenders and how ...

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Money Matters: Emergency Savings

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Hey, are you prepared for life’s little surprises?

Lots of things in life are unpredictable. Experts say that you should have at least $1,000 saved for emergencies, such as when your car breaks down or your fridge stops working, as well as 3-6 months of savings for things like rent in the even of a longer crisis. 

Having an emergency fund set aside can reduce your stress and keep you from going over budget.

When building your emergency fund, open a special savings ...

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Money Matters: 50/30/20 Rule

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Hey! Do you know about the 50-30-20 rule of budgeting?

This rule is an easy way to evaluate how much you should be spending on a monthly basis, by recommending that you spend 50% of income on needs, 30% on wants, and 20% on savings and debts.

For example, let’s say you make $1,000 in a month. 

50 percent of that is $500, and you’d put it toward something like your rent or mortgage, groceries, and utilities.

30 percent would be $300 for wants, ...

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Money Matters: Deductibles

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Hey! Let’s talk about insurance deductibles.

In a nutshell, high deductible equals low premium, but higher risk. Low deductible equals higher premium, but less risk.

So here are the details:

A premium is how much you pay each month for your insurance policy, while a deductible is how much you pay before your insurance kicks in.

This applies to auto insurance, health insurance, homeowner’s insurance and business insurance.

Say you need a $10,000 surgery. With a low deductible policy, you may have to pay $300 ...

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Money Matters: Mobile Wallets

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Hey! Do you know about the benefits of a mobile wallet?

Most smartphones today have access to a mobile wallet, which virtually stores payment card information, including credit cards, prepaid cards and checking accounts.

They can be used for both in-person and online purchases. To use the wallet to pay at a store, all you have to do is hold it near the payment machine and either type in your PIN number or approve it on your phone.

The wallet can store payment ...

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