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Six Things to Consider When Choosing a Checking Account

A checking account is often the most important tool people use to manage their money day-to-day. It functions as a convenient hub for one’s personal finances – it is used to deposit a paycheck, pay bills, shop, withdraw...

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What is mortgage refinancing and how does it work?

Mortgage rates are still at lows, giving homeowners who haven’t already taken advantage of lower borrowing costs an extended opportunity to refinance. The mortgage refinancing process isn’t much different from what was involved when you first got your...

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Six Ways to Maximize Your Home’s Equity Now

Hardly a day goes by where we don’t see something in the news about the wild housing market here in Maine. Or hear stories about houses in our neighborhood that have sold in days for thousands over the...

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Want To Raise Money Savvy Kids?

Consider this something to put in the category of lifelong learning — rather than one-and-done — for the best results. I find that raising kids who are financially savvy is harder than it ever was. My mother may...

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10 Money Lessons the Coronavirus Has Taught Families

April is Youth Financial Education Month and a great time to discuss some of the money lessons learned and experienced during the past year of the Coronavirus with children. Many families have faced financial challenges this past year...

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Gift Card Scams

A Message for our valued members: Unfortunately, financial fraud and suspicious activity are a part of our world. This includes scams, phishing emails, and other schemes to solicit your sensitive data including account information. Recently, we have received...

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Choosing a Credit Card Right for You

A credit card, used responsibly, can help us establish good credit habits and boost our credit score. It can also be a convenient way to shop, help us out in an emergency, and even provide extra savings through...

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12 Steps to Building Good Credit

You have probably heard that having “good credit” is important and the higher your credit score the better, but why does it matter? Good credit and a strong credit score can influence many financial decisions. Your credit score...

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21 Ways to Save More in 2021

Now is a great time to look at your personal finances, assess your spending, and develop some new habits to boost your savings. To help you jump start your savings this year, check out our “21 Ways to...

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6 Things You’ll Want to Do to Uncouple Your Money in Separation or Divorce

Separation or divorce can be stressful for both your family and your finances. This life changing experience requires many day-to-day adjustments, and the financial consequences can be significant. As you go through separation or divorce, it is important...

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