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When Is It a Good Idea To Buy Or Lease a Car?

May 12, 2017


It's fun to find a new car and take it for a test drive, but before you drive away you have to decide if you're going to buy or lease. Knowing the difference between buying and leasing a new car can help you find a vehicle you love within your budget. Learn a little more before you head to your local auto dealership to take some of the pressure out of the decision-making process.
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Topics: Budgeting, Buying a Car

6 Smart Things To Do Before Buying Your Next Car

May 01, 2017

Your car plays a big role in your family vacations, epic road trips, and daily life. In a way, your vehicle serves as a symbol of where you are in life. So buying the right car is a big choice, whether you're going through a major lifestyle change or you just want an upgrade. It's important to do a little prep work before you start shopping.

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Topics: Savings Tips, Budgeting, Buying a Car

How to Save Like an Adult in 7 Easy Steps

March 30, 2017


Welcome to adulthood! That may be the most terrifying sentence you'll ever hear (besides the dreaded 'We need to talk'). Being an adult isn't easy and the responsibilities that come along with this independence is enough to make you wonder why you were so excited to grow up in the first place.

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Topics: Savings Tips, Credit scores, Budgeting

6 Big Ideas to Give Back When You're Broke

December 15, 2016


We all want to do our part to make the world a better place. No one wants to be a Scrooge, but it seems like there are people everywhere asking for donations. So it feels like a big punch in the gut when you have to say 'no' because you're strapped for cash. The good news is that there are still plenty of ways to give back without giving up on your budget. 

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Topics: Giving Back, Budgeting

The Road to Financial Wellness

July 08, 2016

For some of us, money is a means that allows us to upgrade our lifestyles and live comfortably. For others, it’s a constant source of stress and worry. Jason Vitug, founder of Phroogal, noticed that a lack of financial resources and knowledge prevented many people from living the life they dreamed of. Armed with a passion for financial literacy, he left his job in the financial industry to help others achieve their lifestyle dreams.    

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Topics: Community Events, Budgeting

Budgeting Tips For a Not-So-Typical Day

March 29, 2016

The thought of staycations, lonely nights at home and your favorite things being cut back or taken away is enough to drive anyone away from starting a budget. But this negative thinking is where so many of us fail at Budgeting 101. You don't have to take extreme measures to save money, just make small lifestyle changes. If sticking to a budget is hard, you might be doing it wrong. 
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Topics: Savings Tips, Budgeting

Shop More, Save More With Purchase Rewards

December 07, 2015


Get rewarded for shopping at your favorite stores with our new Purchase Rewards program. We know that earning cash is more important to you than earning a million points to buy trinkets. That's why Purchase Rewards gives you actual cash back for using your debit card. The best part is you can still use your coupons when you're shopping, so it's like getting double the savings!

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Topics: Savings Tips, Online Banking, Budgeting

5 Steps to Financing Your New Home

March 30, 2015


Spring is just around the corner. Birds are chirping, the snow is melting and “For Sale” signs are popping up in front yards. If it’s time for a change of scenery, you’re going to need financing to get into your new place fast. So what do you need to know about getting a mortgage?
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Topics: Buying a Home, Budgeting