Analyze Your Spending

Posted by BALANCE on January 21, 2022

Spending analysis is much more than setting a budget. It’s taking an honest look at where your money is really going, figuring out where it should be going, and then getting it there.

Do You Know Where Your Money Is Going?
Unless you are checking your bank account after every purchase, you may not realize how much you are spending. It’s easy to swipe cards, send money via payment apps, and sign up for “free trials” that end up in recurring subscription fees. Left unchecked, these transactions can seriously drain your bank account, limit your ability to save, and rob you of fun expenditures like traveling!

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5 Ways to Make Money Resolutions That Stick

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on January 3, 2022

The New Year is a time for new beginnings. Are you ready to make money resolutions that stick?

Eliminating debt, learning new spending habits, or building savings are choices that can change your life. They can affect your entire well-being from stress levels, to physical and mental health.

When considered as one big New Year’s goal, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. To make it possible in the year ahead, here are five tips to commit to your financial health.

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Your Complete Year-End Financial Checklist

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on December 8, 2021

As 2021 draws to a close and we prepare to usher in 2022, take a moment to go through this year-end financial checklist for ensuring your finances are in order before the start of the New Year.

1. Review your budget

Is your monthly budget still working well for you? Are you stretching some spending categories or finishing each month in the red? Take some time to review your budget and make any necessary changes.

2. Top off your retirement plan

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8 Holiday Shopping Hacks to Help You Save Big This Season

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on November 15, 2021

Ready, set… charge! The holiday shopping season is here, and between inflated prices, the rising cost of gas and the urge to splurge this time of year, it can be harder than ever to stick to your budget. Here, we’ve listed eight holiday shopping hacks to help keep your spending under control while still finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. 

1. Make a list and check it twice

It’s not just for groceries—this tried-and-true shopping hack can really help you keep costs down this holiday season. When you shop with a list in hand and you’re careful to stick to it, you can make responsible shopping decisions instead of buying anything and everything that catches your eye. 

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Don’t Get Spooked by One of these Scams this Halloween!

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on October 25, 2021

That cackling, long-haired witch might send your heart fluttering with fear, but these Halloween scams are even spookier! Here’s what to know about these common Halloween scams. 

 1. The Joker

Desperate for money before the holiday shopping season hits? Looking to pad your pockets with a bit of extra cash? Scammers know this all too well, and target consumers with messages promising loads of money for very little work. All you need to do is send a small amount of money to a designated digital address via CashApp, Venmo, or another money transfer app, and your money will be doubled, tripled, or more. 

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6 Steps to Crushing Debt

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on October 13, 2021

October is National Financial Planning Month, and it's the perfect time to review your finances and take action for better financial success.

It’s time to kiss that debt goodbye! Getting rid of high debt will take hard work, willpower and the determination to see it through until the end, but it is doable. Here, we’ve outlined six steps to help you start crushing debt today. 

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Get Smart About Credit Card Warning Signs

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on October 4, 2021

This month’s Get Smart About Credit Day gives us a great opportunity to get on the right foot with credit.

If keeping up with credit card balances has become a challenge, it’s smart to assess your overall financial picture and your spending habits.

Remember: taking on credit card debt is borrowing money you haven’t earned yet. It is smart to keep the focus on this fundamental truth.

To get smart about credit cards, be aware of the common warning signs that might indicate issues with credit card usage:

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Back to School: How to Talk to Kids About Money

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on August 26, 2021

When we think of back to school, we think of what our kids will learn to set themselves up for success as adults.

Among these is understanding finances and managing money. Parents may question the best time to start teaching kids about money and many experts answer - the sooner the better.

Kids can learn a lot watching their parents, especially watching the preparations at the beginning of the school year. What they see can set a pattern for life.

Everyone looks forward to new beginnings, even as we continue to manage the challenges the pandemic provides. Now is a great time for the whole family to establish new habits.

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Beat Summer Boredom

Posted by BALANCE on July 13, 2021

At some point during the long summer, kids are bound to say the words every parent dreads: “Mom, I’m bored!” Oh sure, there are many things to do—amusement parks, costly trips to the mall, and summer camps—just to name a few. But thrifty moms and dads can keep kids happy without having to break the bank. With a little creativity, you can still uncover a variety of ways to keep your children stimulated with little or no cost. Here are some budget-friendly activities to enjoy during the long summer months:

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