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Whether you have questions about your money today, are dealing with an unexpected challenge, or planning your next financial goal, Town & Country’s Blog offers information and ideas to help answer your questions or inspire your next step.

  • Budget: Put your money to work with income, spending and savings plans to help reach your financial goals.
  • Borrow: Tips to help you make the best possible decisions when it comes to borrowing, managing debt, your credit score and more.
  • Home: Information about all things that create your ideal home including buying, renting, decorating, moving and more.
  • Protect: Information to help you guard your hard-earned money and financial life.
  • Relationships: Ideas to make the most of your money in every phase of your life with the people who matter most

Seven Tips to Adjust your Budget for Inflation

Today, inflation is the highest it has been in over four decades at 8.5% (2% is a healthy inflation rate) and Mainers budgets are feeling the strain. With prices on the rise for food, gas, housing and many...

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Mortgage Application Checklist

One of the most tedious parts of home buying is gathering the documents you will need for the application but prepping beforehand makes this task much easier. The documents required for a mortgage application can be categorized into...

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Working with a Mortgage Lender

Applying for a mortgage is a big undertaking. Most lenders require you to complete a mortgage application—a comprehensive financial statement. The information you provide on your mortgage application determines whether you qualify for a loan and how much...

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5 Places to Tighten your Budget if your Spending Habits Have Changed.

2020 changed so much about how we spend and save. It’s time to tighten these five areas of your budget as we cruise on into a New Year. Since March of 2020, recent college graduate Emily Shutman says...

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​10 Tips to Help You Save Money at the Pump

Chances are, filling your gas tank has become a frustrating and expensive experience as you watch the counter flip past $40, then $50, or more. With the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline well over...

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Five Financial Aid Offer Tips to Help You Make an Informed Decision

No two financial aid offers look alike, and reading them as-is won’t always tell you what you really need to know: what’s the bottom-line, out of pocket cost? Use these helpful tips to review and understand financial aid...

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Five Strategies for Reviewing and Comparing Financial Aid Offers

It’s that time of year again; financial aid offer season. If you’ve filed your FAFSA and been accepted to college, congratulations! It’s possible that you have already received a financial aid offer or two, and if you haven’t...

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The Path to Affording Higher Education

College affordability is a hot topic in today’s world. The good news is that several things can be done to make higher education more affordable for our students. Below are five steps families can take to ensure their...

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Tips to Help Pay Down Your Credit Card Balances

After two years of dealing with wave after wave of the coronavirus pandemic, you may have felt that splurging on yourself or your family during the holidays was warranted. Perhaps you purchased lots of small gifts for loved...

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Why You Don’t Need a Perfect Credit Score

Why You Don’t Need a Perfect Credit Score You know you need a high credit score to make your financial life easier. But if you’ve been striving for a perfect score — typically 850 — you need to...

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