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: 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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Emotional Spending & Navigating Peer Pressure

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Managing money can be hard enough when it is just yourself. When friends and peers get involved things can get even more complicated. Everyone struggles at one point or another to balance pleasing friends and being responsible with money.

How can we deal with situations that pull at both our friendships and our wallets? Here are 5 tips that have worked for others. Practicing these can help set you up for a lifetime of healthy spending habits and better navigate peer ...

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