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Financial Literacy At Your Fingertips…

It might seem like you’ve been saving for back to school since you packed your children’s backpacks last fall. But after replacing worn-out erasers, outgrown clothes and an outdated laptop, you may still feel the financial pinch. And then there are items for which you didn’t budget. Maybe it’s a budding interest in a travel sport, a fundraiser, or birthday cupcakes. “Parents think they’re going to get a bonus because day care is gone,” says
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The summer before your freshman year in college means choosing classes, checking out your future roommate’s Instagram and figuring out how you’re going to pay the bills. Chances are you will need a loan: 2 out of 3 students have debt when they leave school, according to 2017 graduate data from the Institute for College Access and Success. But consider a loan after you’ve accepted grants, scholarships and work-study. You can get these by submitting
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Incremental steps will get you closer to a healthier financial plan. Many of us may think waiting ‘til January 1 to implement financial change is the way to go, but trying to tackle multiple goals at once may just be too much. It makes much more sense to slowly and steadily tackle your financial objectives – so why not start now? Start Small Changing habits may not come as easily as you think, especially if
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Congrats on saving up for that down payment! And hats off for committing to mortgage payments, homeowners insurance and property taxes. Now for your reward: home sweet, sparsely furnished home. Furniture shopping may be the last thing you want to do, but it may be necessary if you moved into a bigger space or parted with unwanted goods in that process. Avoid overspending with these strategies. Stick to cash Earmarking savings for furniture can help
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The tallest hurdle to buying your first home will be saving for the down payment. To avoid having to purchase private mortgage insurance, you’ll likely need to put down at least 20% of the purchase price, which will probably mean tens of thousands of dollars. As a young adult, saving this much money may seem impossible — like climbing a mountain. When you climb a mountain, it looks huge from afar. But if you take
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As the summer season approaches, many homeowners get the “itch” to kick off home improvement projects. Before you pick paint colors and start tearing out flooring, perhaps you should take into consideration which home improvement projects offer the best resale value to ensure your investment will yield you the most money in the long run. Many home improvement projects are done for the benefit of the homeowner, but always keeping resale value in the back
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You signed the papers, got the keys and opened the front door. Now, that quaint little place is all yours. But more freedom comes with more responsibility. A lot changes once you’re a homeowner. Here’s how to prepare for a few of the adjustments — emotionally and financially. 1. You think about money more often Ideally, you start thinking about money long before you sign the papers for your home. Say a mortgage on your
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Every day, scam artists are at work targeting millions of people in an attempt to steal money or confidential banking information.  This is alarming to think about, but you are protected through Mountain Valley Bank.  We are here to help you with any transactions you did not authorize. We are watching out for you – we partner with Fraud Watch Services to offer 24/7 monitoring of transactions completed with your Mountain Valley Bank Debit and
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When customers walk into their community bank they are met with a friendly face, greeting and a smile. Once the transaction is complete, the customer is going about the day perhaps not realizing what supporting a community bank really means… The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation classifies community banks as having $10 Billion, or less, in assets. These Banks, Community Banks, are more likely to be privately owned than much larger banks. Community Banks maintain a
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Most people would be better off not having mortgages in retirement. Relatively few will get any tax benefit from this debt, and the payments can get more difficult to manage on fixed incomes. But retiring a mortgage before you retire isn’t always possible. Financial planners recommend creating a Plan B to ensure you don’t wind up house rich and cash poor. Why a mortgage-free retirement is usually best Mortgage interest is technically tax deductible, but taxpayers must
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