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Managing Your Money

Saving can be seriously sweet, but you should know there’s more than one way to save. Saving money can seem less rewarding than, say, seeing every new Will Ferrell movie on opening night, but consider this: What if your buddy has a clever business idea and needs investors …

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A friend of mine, “Luke,” had a birthday outing this last weekend. After several rounds of pool, I ended up in multiple discussions about student loans, as most of us were college grads with an array of loans and not enough money to pay them off. Someone mentioned the Income …

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Last week I bought a 24 oz (or, if you insist, Venti) iced coffee with milk. It cost me $2.65. That doesn’t sound like much, but it made me wonder why I needed to spend money on an iced coffee when I already have coffee beans and …

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I remember having dinner with my extended family about six months after my husband and I had gotten married. Everyone wanted to know how our jobs were going, how we were adjusting to married life and when we were planning to have a baby. Our response went something like, &#8220 …

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They aren’t supposed to help you buy concert tickets I remember in college hearing friends say, “I can go out tonight; my student loan refund just came through.” At the time, I thought nothing of it– I even had a boyfriend wait for his student …

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FICO credit scores can go up to 850, but seeing that number is rare. What does this mean? You should aim to grow your credit score even higher. We know you can do it. When it comes to credit scores, there’s almost always room for improvement. If you’ve …

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Finding out that you (or your partner) are pregnant is a special moment. It’s exciting to think of the future, but it can also be slightly scary. The unknowns are plentiful, so it’s a good idea to try to plan as much as you possibly can. Now, there …

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How would you like to have your earnings automatically deposited into your State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU) account on payday without any of the usual hassles? It’s called direct deposit, and you may have access to this convenient service through your employer. There are a few things …

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I’m in over my head with my credit card bills. I’m slowly paying them off, but I don’t know how I will ever regain good credit. How can I rebuild my damaged credit? You’re not alone in your credit problems. It is …

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You’re done with college and trying to make a name for yourself. You’re trying to do all the right things–working hard, paying off student loans, and saving for a future that seems so far off. There are so many financial decisions to make: savings accounts, investment …

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