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These Types of Apps Could Prompt Impromptu Spending

While some apps help you save money, others have a way of encouraging you to spend more. Changing how you connect with these types of apps by deleting them, not downloading them in the first place or limiting your interaction with them can help you rein in your spending. Subscription-based apps Many subscription services and boxes have corresponding apps. And you … Continue reading



A Simple ‘Recipe’ for Managing Your Credit Score

The way your credit score works can seem mysterious, with several factors intertwining in complex ways. But following a simple recipe can help you build and maintain a good credit score: Pay everything on time. Use less than 30% of your available credit. Keep an eye on everything else. This formula focuses your energy on the two biggest factors that influence … Continue reading


Stay on Track and you can win $500!

This summer, keep your financial focus with “Stay on Track,” a contest from our partner in financial education, BALANCE. With “Stay on Track,” BalanceTrack users can win $500 and/or one of three $100 gift cards! Entering “Stay on Track” is easy: Visit BalanceTrack online Complete at least one BalanceTrack module with a passing grade (multiple entries across different modules are … Continue reading


5 ‘Logical’ Credit Moves That Can Lead to Trouble

Intuition and common sense can let you down big time if you use them to make credit decisions. Consumer credit expert John Ulzheimer says the secret is to understand the factors behind your credit score and use those to guide decisions. Here are five perfectly reasonable-sounding credit moves that can come back to bite you — and what to do … Continue reading


Cyber Security Awareness Resources

In today’s connected world, everyone benefits from cyber security awareness. A cybersecurity attack can result in everything from identity theft, to extortion attempts, to the loss of important data like family photos. That’s why it’s important to keep up to date with online safety. The National Cyber Security Alliance has a large resource library of relevant topics to make sure … Continue reading




If ‘Budget’ Sounds Like a Bummer, Try Renaming It

Webster’s New World dictionary defines budget as: “a plan or schedule adjusting expenses during a certain period to the estimated or fixed income for that period.” If that doesn’t sound fun, I don’t know what does. (I’m kidding. It sounds terrible.) By definition alone, budgeting sounds like a chore. So it’s no surprise that many people hear the word “budget” … Continue reading


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