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Recreational Vehicles Made for Winter Adventure Seekers

The long-range winter forecast for the Pacific Northwest calls for mostly mild, dry conditions. But that doesn't mean there won't be any outdoor adventures to be had. You may just need to head inland a bit to find the snow. Perhaps memories are still fresh of your younger self cutting through snowdrifts in a snowmobile or ATV. Or the thrill neve...
Buying a Vehicle

Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Many of us have been there: You stare at your old and tired tiled/carpeted floors and think, “I wonder if I could put in new hardwood floors.” Or maybe you’re house hunting and find THE ONE, but it could use a serious upgrade inside and out. Again, can you make any of those improvements yourself? (Side note:  Fall  or  winter  can be great times...
Owning a Home

Telematics: Rewarding Safe Drivers Through Technology

You like to take risks when investing. Your partner would rather play it safe. So where do you go from here? Until  “usage-based” coverage  came along, auto insurance underwriters would traditionally use statistics to determine risk based on how you and other motorists with similar characteristics are  likely  to drive. With usage-based coverage...
Buying a Vehicle Understanding Insurance

Popular Holiday Scams (and How To Avoid Them)

Ah, the holidays … a time for sharing, celebrating, and adding to your credit card statements. It’s also when scammers looking for personal information step up their game. As much as we look forward to the holidays, scammers enjoy this time of year even more. After all, it’s natural to let your security slip a little when you’re busy and spendin...
Protecting Your Information

Switching From Your Bank As Easy as 1 … 2 … 3 … 4

If you are like a lot of Oregonians, there is a fair chance you have considered switching from your big bank to a more local financial institution. Research conducted by Resonate's consumer database in 2019 found that 5.3% of the online adult population in the United States  considered changing financial institutions  (Resonate calls them...
Choosing a Financial Partner

Protect Yourself from Unemployment Scams

The figure is staggering: Nearly 47 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic—a number greater than the combined population of 23 states. Piggybacking this crisis are scammers lined up to take advantage. According to a recent report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Labor Department,...
Planning Your Future Protecting Your Information

How Medicare Is Helping During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread throughout the United States, seniors proved to be at a high risk for serious illness. In response, Medicare acted quickly to  enhance its coverage and services  while loosening some rules. The following are excerpts from a COVID-19 guide on the official Medicare website. At this stage in the pandemic, the...
Planning Your Future Understanding Insurance

Student Loan Relief: Keep Paying or Hit Pause?

Update: The federal government again extended the student-loan forbearance period, this time to August 31, 2022.  Here's the original article, along with updated estimated savings for those who pause payments or continue to pay down their student loans: The economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic has had a domino effect on many...
Planning Your Future Knowing Your Payment Options

Should I Use My Retirement Funds for COVID Relief?

For many Americans, the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating. Millions have filed for and claimed unemployment benefits. (Consider: More than 70 million Americans  filed unemployment insurance claims  from March 2020 until the end of the year.) Countless others turned to a variety of short-term financial assistance...
Planning Your Future

3 Benefits of Using Mobile Check Deposit

For information about stimulus payment amounts and timelines, please visit the  IRS website . There’s no need to squeeze a trip down to your local branch or ATM in your already busy schedule just to deposit a check. All it takes is a few minutes of your time and a smartphone or tablet. What is mobile check deposit? Just like it sounds,  mobile...
Forming Money Habits
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