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Financially Fit

Protecting Your Property

Protecting your house

When thinking about insurance, protecting your property should be at the top of your list. In this installment of our Insurance Series we talk about just that: how to insure your investments through optimal property insurance. As with any coverage, it is important to have adequate coverage to cover your potential property loss.

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Analyze Spending

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Welcome to our newest series: Twelve Months To Financial Fitness. Over the next 12 months, we will provide you with personal challenges to help you on your way to a financially fit new year. For January, we take a look at analyzing your spending. 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.

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Financially Themed Gifts

Festive gifts

The financial habits and money management skills kids learn can follow them for the rest of their lives. If you want to get your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews off to a great start, giving financially-themed gifts is always a good idea. These financially-savvy gifts are always appropriate, and they will be used and appreciated long after the current holiday season has ended.

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Ways to Control Holiday Budget

Holiday savings jar

The holiday season is almost here, and now is the perfect time to get started. But before you head out with your credit card in hand, it is essential to set a plan and create a realistic budget. It is easy to overspend with all of the excitement, but spending too much now could mean months of bills and high credit card charges in the new year. Most people want to control their holiday spending but get wrapped up in the festivities, and their good intentions get lost. Below are five creative ways to keep your holiday budget on track.

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Close To Retirement?

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The closer you get to retirement, the more excited you may be—and more worried. If you are 18 to 24 months away from retirement, this article is for you. You may still be wondering if you have enough saved, or if you can (or should) plan on finding a supplemental income. How will an uncertain economy affect your retirement? We answer these questions and more below.

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Quick Tips to Pay Down Debt

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Lowering consumer debt can be a great way to raise your credit score, cut down on financial stress, and put you on track for a more financially fit future. However, it can also be challenging to do with rising costs, limited funds, and sometimes overwhelming interest costs. Here are some easy ways to start lowering your debt today.

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Financial Stress Effects

Couple reviewing bills

Money may not buy you happiness, but studies show that your relationship with it impacts your health. Did you know money is tied to our basic, hard-wired drive to survive? When that drive can’t be attained, it compounds into stress. Maybe it’s why the age-old saying, “health is wealth,” is more than just a cliché. In the last 30 years ,our society has tripled its debt and simultaneously gotten sicker with heart disease, stroke, and mental illness on the rise. Coincidence or are finances partly to blame?

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Lowering Household Food Costs

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These days, most households are looking for ways to cut down on grocery and dining costs. In this article, we take a look at practical ways your family can cut down on food costs, whether you cook at home or tend to order/eat out. By cutting down on food costs, you can free up more funds for savings, everyday expenses, or discretionary spending.

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Plan For Financial Emergencies

Emergency Savings Note

Most of us will have to deal with a financial emergency at some point in our lives. They can happen at any time, and rarely come with a warning. Whether you have one year or one week to adjust to such monetary upheavals as divorce, medical emergencies, military deployment or loss of wages, you may be able to sail through financial foul weather – as long as you PLAN for it.

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Tips For Virtual Job Hunters

Virtual interview

The job search and hiring process have changed dramatically due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the new virtual job application process, or just want to make sure you are putting your best virtual foot forward, here are our tips for success:

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