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Best Ways to Save at Thanksgiving

Posted by FFCU Partner on Nov 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones for a satisfying meal and kick off the holiday season. If you pay current prices for your menu items, though, you could blow a chunk of your holiday budget before you even get to the pumpkin pie.

Use these tips to keep your Thanksgiving festive and thrifty.

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Topics: Saving & Budgeting

Using Equity Loans to Winterize Your Home

Posted by FFCU Partner on Nov 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

There are all sorts of ways to guard your home from the winter elements. Some are cheap and may even fall in the do-it-yourself category, like adding weather stripping and caulking.

Other endeavors, such as swapping out single-pane windows for energy-efficient double panes, or replacing a furnace, are beyond the skill set of most homeowners — and often beyond the balances in many savings accounts as well.

In that case, taking out a home equity loan or line of credit may be the answer. Here's what you should know before you do.

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Topics: Home Financing

How to Save for Retirement

Posted by FFCU Partner on Sep 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Whether you’re young or young at heart, trying to wrap your head around saving for retirement can seem overwhelming when you’re focused on day-to-day expenses. But putting off saving now can haunt you later. Here are some tips for saving for retirement.   

 

  • Decide on a savings goal
    You can’t predict the future, but you can set a retirement savings goal by reviewing your current spending and projecting your spending needs in retirement. Experts say you’ll need at least 70% of your current income to keep your same standard of living in retirement.

    After calculating your current and future spending needs, take stock of your savings so far. A retirement calculator will help you assess where you stand and set a new monthly savings goal for retirement. An important factor to consider is at what age you plan to retire.
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Topics: Saving & Budgeting

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