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The Trick to Faster Mobile Deposits

Do your mobile deposits keep getting held up for "review"? Here are some tricks to make sure your money shows up in your account right away.

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Everybody Needs an Emergency Fund (Yes, You Too)

When you're healthy and insured, it's hard to imagine you'd ever need an emergency fund. But that thinking can get you into hot water.


How Students Can Keep Money in Their Pockets

In the moment, it can be hard to tell the difference between what you need and what you want. That's the beauty of having a budget to fall back on.


Popular Holiday Scams (And How to Avoid Them)

It’s natural to let your security slip a little when spending a lot. That's why scammers step up their game during the holidays.


4 Things That Predict How Much Money You Make

Deciding the perfect job is tough. After all, how many successful careers today didn't even exist when you were in school?

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Switching From Your Bank As Easy As 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4

Switching from a bank to a credit union is surprisingly easy, and can often be completed in just minutes.

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Be Aware of Free Trial Offers

Be careful not to confuse being caught unaware with fraud if there's an unexpected charge on your account.

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How Long Does It Take to Double an Investment?

The exact math behind long-term investment growth can get pretty complicated. Luckily, there’s a shortcut to making a pretty good estimate.


Swimming Clear of Phishing Scams

Scammers aren't going away anytime soon, even if their methods change with the times. Here are a few tips for avoiding their hooks.


Tips to Control Holiday Spending

’Tis nearly the season to spend more money than you normally do. Here are a few tips for stretching your budget.

7 Life Insurance Misconceptions

7 Life Insurance Misconceptions

Don't be fooled by these common myths and misunderstandings about life insurance.

Don't Feel Guilty About Your Financial Decisions

Don't Feel Guilty About Your Financial Decisions

Spending money isn't exactly "good," but it's not necessarily "bad" either. It's up to you to set your goals and be responsible with what you earn.

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Renting As a College Student

Be careful when getting your first off-campus apartment with friends. There are some key questions you need to ask and precautions you need to take.

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Which Mortgage Type Is Best for You?

Jen assumes the best mortgage should be the one with the lowest rate. Turns out it's not quite that simple.

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5 Things You Probably Have Wrong About Credit Unions

Credit unions provide the same services as banks, but these myths sometimes make people miss out on lower rates and local service.

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How Can I Boost My Credit Score?

Jen's in desperate need of some advice on getting (and keeping) a better credit score. So she turns to her old friend Credit Squirrel.

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Couples' Therapy: Investing Together

You like to take risks when investing. Your partner would rather play it safe. So where do you go from here?

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Consider Your Options Before Taking on Home Improvements

Home equity can be a useful resource for home improvements, but make sure the value added by the project is worth the cost.

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Is It Better to Lease or Finance Your Car?

A guide to your financing options when car shopping.

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Why Auto Insurance Rates Are Changing

Over the past five years, the auto insurance industry has seen a slow but steady increase in cost. What's causing it?

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Payment Protection: Insurance against Financial Hardship

Payment Protection is the simplest safeguard for your loans in the event of a life-altering change.

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What is GAP Coverage?

If your car is stolen or totaled, your insurance settlement won't always cover the amount you still owe. GAP coverage waives the rest.

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7 Savvy Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

In the late 1960s, Stanford University conducted a now-classic psychology study called the Marshmallow Test ...

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What Goes Into a Credit Score?

Your credit score has a huge impact on your financial life, but how is it calculated?

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Plan for Retirement ... Especially in Your 20s

The sooner you get into the habit of saving for retirement, the more time your money has to grow.

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You Don't Have to See the Future to Budget for It

The budget fortune teller can't really see the future, except for the need for savings and an emergency fund.

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How Do Mobile Wallets Work?

For those of us who aren't early adopters, what's so special about mobile wallets?

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Using Equity to Winterize Your Home

Weatherizing your home is cheaper in the long run than cranking your thermostat. (More eco-friendly, too!)

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Is It Better to Pay with Credit or Debit Cards?

When all your cards are clamoring to be swiped, which one should you choose?

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7 Ways to Stop Identity Theft Before It Starts

Luckily, the best protection is just a matter of small changes to everyday habits.

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What's Your Money Personality?

Ah, clickbait personality quizzes. They're a procrastinators' greatest weakness.

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How Insurance Works

The surprisingly interesting ins and outs of insurance. And that retro animation is pretty sharp, right?

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Car Buying Basics

Car buyers have a TON to keep in mind. That's why we've narrowed it down to the fundamentals.

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The 8 Things to Do Right After a Car Accident

No matter how minor or severe, there's a universal checklist for how to best ensure everyone’s safety and contact the people who need to know.

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Umbrella Insurance Can Keep You From Getting Soaked by a Lawsuit

Excess liability coverage isn’t just for the super-wealthy! Learn how this extra protection can keep your finances secure if you’re found liable for damages.

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Make Debt Work for You

Responsibly managing debt is one of the most valuable processes in building your financial identity.

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The 3 Signs You're Ready to Buy Your First Home

Owning a home may be more attainable than you think. Here's how to tell when it's time to start hunting.

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How to Save on Groceries Without Settling for Less

A slightly passive aggressive lesson in smarter shopping.

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Stay Financially Safe on Your Summer Travels

Heading out of town this summer? A few extra precautions before you hit the road could prevent fraud and protect your money.

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The Financial Bachelorette

Will our contestant chose the approachable credit union, the overbearing bank, or the eerily taciturn piggy bank?

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10 Tips to Help Your Children Understand the Value of a Dollar

Talking to your kids about money can be difficult. Here are suggestions on how to get the discussion started.


Credit 101

Discover how your credit score is calculated, plus helpful tips on achieving excellent credit, paying down credit card debt, and more!


Take Advantage of Shared Branches and ATMs

Take SELCO with you, wherever you go, with the CO-OP Shared Branch network.