8 Habits for Living a Debt Free Life

Being debt-free is a great financial goal that’s within reach for all of us. But reaching that goal may not be easy. You’ll have to adapt and change your behaviors to support your goal. Here are some tips to help you get started. · Wait to Buy: First and foremost, it’s important to control impulse … Continue reading 8 Habits for Living a Debt Free Life

30 Day Savings Challenge

If you find yourself facing an expensive car repair, a move, or any other unexpected expense (um, pandemic anyone?), you’ll need to be able to save money fast to cover those expenses. But after the bills are paid, often it doesn’t feel like there’s much left to enjoy. That’s why we compiled a few 30-day … Continue reading 30 Day Savings Challenge

Save More Money with Multiple Accounts

Savings is the backbone of healthy financial well-being, but what’s the best way to save? Opening a savings account and adding funds or setting up regular automatic transfers on paydays, is easy, but is that enough? To make your savings “stick,” you might consider opening multiple accounts to break your money up into multiple goal-driven, … Continue reading Save More Money with Multiple Accounts

Good Credit is Your Safety Net

A healthy savings account is your best defense against life’s curve balls. But sometimes setting aside some money every paycheck isn’t enough. Especially when you’re just starting out in life. In addition to a savings account, a credit score safety net can provide the security you need in a financial emergency. A good credit score … Continue reading Good Credit is Your Safety Net

What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Debt? Snowball vs Avalanche Method

Debt is the ultimate misery. It can destroy a budget, make long-term financial planning impossible, and make you feel guilty for every purchase you make. No one wants to live with that debt burden. But how do you efficiently get rid of it? Let’s look at two common approaches to paying down debt. The Debt … Continue reading What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Debt? Snowball vs Avalanche Method

Staycation Ideas for Your Family

Let’s face it, this year has looked and felt unlike any other we’ve ever experienced, and unfortunately, there’s a strong chance that it will continue this way for a while. Events postponed. Sports canceled. What’s left to do? We’ve put a list together of things you can do on a budget that are sure to … Continue reading Staycation Ideas for Your Family

Top Financial Practices for High School Graduates

Yay, you did it! Congratulations! Even though the school year didn’t end quite as planned, your hard work paid off! So, what’s next? Do you have a job lined up? Or is college or the military your next chapter? Either way, making sure you are prepared to make smart money decisions is important as you … Continue reading Top Financial Practices for High School Graduates

5 Ways to Simplify Your Banking

There’s no doubt about it—we’re all busy. Between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests, it can be difficult to find time to run to the credit union to do your everyday banking. Here five ways to make banking easier when you are on the go. 1st Financial Mobile … Continue reading 5 Ways to Simplify Your Banking

5 Ways to Find Financial Peace

From a broken-down appliance to a wrecked car or an unexpected medical expense, (not to mention the pandemic), financial stress is easy to find. But stressful money matters don’t have to keep you down for good. If you can find ways to move forward on your financial journey—even if it’s just changing your mentality—you’ll be … Continue reading 5 Ways to Find Financial Peace

Mortgage Rates Are Low, Now What?

Refinance your home! If you’ve had refinancing your mortgage on your mind, now may be the best time for you to take advantage of low mortgage rates. One of the main advantages of refinancing regardless of equity is reducing your interest rate which in return can have a profound effect on monthly payments, potentially saving … Continue reading Mortgage Rates Are Low, Now What?