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Personal Finance Topics All High School Students Should Know

Posted by BALANCE on September 16, 2020

For good reason, high school students are set on an academically rigorous track towards college. Unfortunately, though, personal finance (a topic they need to understand to survive in life) is rarely taught to them in school.

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AMP Teen Club: (Credit) History in the Making

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on July 15, 2020

Think you’re too young to worry about your credit history? Think again! Credit history can open doors. One day you’ll need a loan to buy something big like a car or a house. To do this, you’ll need a positive credit history. The earlier you learn good credit habits, the better.

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First-Time Homebuyer? Make Sure You Prepare for These 7 Hidden Costs

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on July 10, 2020

As real estate markets re-open across the country, current historically-low mortgage rates may make it seem like the perfect time to purchase your first home.

For many, owning a home is a big part of the American Dream. There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment in ownership. It can give you greater freedom and privacy, while also adding to your financial security.

 

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Creative Ways to Fill Your Soul With Art and Culture

Posted by Bridget Staffileno, VP Community Affairs on April 20, 2020

Arts and culture in the Great Lakes Bay Region is known for its vibrancy. Regardless of what sings to your soul, you can be sure you will find something right here in your own backyard.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immunity During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted by Bethany Dutcher, VP. Marketing on April 15, 2020

1. Reduce stress

Stress hormones strain the immune system so it can’t do its best at protecting us from those nasty bacteria, says Dr. Tammy Born of the Born Clinic, Grand Rapids, Mich. Reduce the amount of stress in your life by practicing mindfulness, keeping in touch with friends and family through virtual means while social gatherings are restricted and by checking the news less often while the pandemic rages.

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How to Use Your Stimulus Check

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on April 3, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a financial impact on millions of Americans. Thankfully, some relief is on the way.

Lawmakers recently passed a stimulus package to combat the economic impact of COVID-19. As part of the bill, people are expected to receive payments of up to $1,200 for each adult and $500 for every child.

If you are expecting a stimulus check, you may be unsure how to best use the money you receive. This will depend on your unique situation. But in general, here are five areas to prioritize:

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Fun Activities to do with Your Kids at Home

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on March 25, 2020

It isn’t easy to be holed up at home with just your family for company. After just a few days, you may be thinking there isn’t enough coffee or chocolate in this world for a parent who’s stuck home with their kids for weeks at a time. As the parent, though, you have the unique opportunity to set the tone in your home and decide if these weeks will be a nightmare for everyone, or filled with precious memory-making and family-bonding activities.

Here are some fun activities to keep your kids busy while you wait out the pandemic at home...

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5 Things to Do if Your Income is Interrupted

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on March 24, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads in the U.S., people all over the country are beginning to feel its financial ripple effect. For the first time since the 1960s, people potentially exposed to the coronavirus are being asked to quarantine themselves. Businesses, schools, childcare centers and other institutions are taking steps such as closing offices or transitioning to remote work to protect the health and safety of their employees and communities.

For most of us, and especially for the 32 million workers who do not have paid sick time, the idea of missing work because of an illness or a shutdown is financially daunting. What do you do if you are suddenly and unexpectedly unable to work and you have no income? These five steps will help you stay as financially healthy as possible if you experience an interruption or loss of income.

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COVID-19 Scams

Posted by Tiffany Watkins, VP Risk Management & Compliance on March 18, 2020

Scammers and fraudsters are leveraging our fears over COVID-19 and looking for yet another opportunity to scam consumers and financial institutions. Remain diligent when receiving and responding to emails, text messages, and social media posts during this time. These bad actors prey on our emotions so be careful! As we are a giving community, please consider reaching out to family and friends for the names of reputable organizations to donate to.

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