April is National Financial Literacy Month

April is national Financial Literacy Month, and the state of Massachusetts is also celebrating Financial Capability Month! What does this mean? We’re sharing tools, educational resources, and our expertise on how you can save for your goals, use banking products and services to manage your money, and build your money smart skills. We’re promoting financial … read more »

What to Know about a Certificate of Deposit

Commonly referred to as CDs in the banking world, Certificates of Deposit are not a disk that plays music or stores information. A CD in this case refers to a type of savings account that, in general, pays a higher rate of interest. We’ll get into that more in a moment. CDs provide a safe and … read more »

3 Common Money Worries and How to Fix Them

What keeps you up at night? If it’s worries about your finances, you’re not alone. According to a poll by creditcards.com, approximately 65% of Americans stay up at night worrying about money. So what specifically is causing their nighttime terrors? Here are three of the most common worries and some proven remedies for putting them … read more »

When to Refinance a Student Loan

You don’t have to be an economics major to understand the financial burden student loan debt has placed on American students. According to studentloanhero.com, some 44 million people in the United States have student loans, accounting for $1.5 trillion in debt. What’s more, the average student loan debt for graduates of the Class of 2017 was $39,400 … read more »

Start Building Wealth In Your 20’s

Start Building Wealth In Your 20’s There are so many things to love about being in your 20’s; you have ample time to explore new and exciting career opportunities, and to build independence. You also have valuable time to do something that will be very important when you get older — build your wealth. Here … read more »

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5 Things to Know About Safe Deposit Boxes, Home Safes and Your Valuables

5 Things to Know About Safe Deposit Boxes, Home Safes and Your Valuables (FDIC Consumer News) 1. Think about what should or should not be kept in a bank’s safe deposit box. Good candidates include originals of key documents, such as birth certificates, property deeds, car titles, and U.S. Savings Bonds that haven’t been converted … read more »

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Renting vs. Buying a Home: Things to Think About

Renting vs. Buying a Home: Things to Think About (FDIC Consumer News) With housing prices still low in many areas and a favorable mortgage-rate environment, people who don’t own their home may be thinking about buying instead of renting. Here are points to consider: Why Rent? Freedom to move: If you unexpectedly need to find … read more »

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How to Save Money on Vacation Costs

Looking to leave behind the worries of work and responsibilities of home this summer? A fun and relaxing vacation getaway can provide the perfect opportunity to refresh and recharge your batteries. But with summer the most popular time for vacation, affording a quality vacation can be a challenge. Rest assured, there are some steps you … read more »

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Getting Finances Ready for Retirement

If you’re beginning to consider retirement, you should be seriously thinking about how to ensure that your financial life in those golden years will be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips. Make the most of your remaining paychecks to save for retirement. How much money you’ll need to set aside … read more »

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25 Easy Ways to Help the Planet — and Your Budget

Conserving energy. Reducing landfills and pollution. Protecting the environment.  Chances are, you already know the impact that recycling can have on sustaining our planet. What you may not know, however, is the impact recycling can have in your home – and in your budget. Here are 25 easy ways you can reuse and recycle to … read more »