Money Managing tips for Recent Graduates

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One of the biggest milestones in your life is graduating from college. It’s a symbol of independence and the start of your life as an adult. You’ll be on the hunt for a new job, a possible new place to live (Mom and Dad’s isn’t that bad, right?), and starting to manage your own money, including paying back those student loans. You don’t want to start your finances off on the wrong foot or overextend yourself from the get-go. Continue reading “Money Managing tips for Recent Graduates”

When should you refinance your student loans?

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Taking out student loans for college tuition and room and board is commonplace these days. If you recently graduated from college or decided to take a break from classes, be prepared to start paying back those loans 6 months from the time you leave school. While many students don’t pay close attention as those loans accumulate year after year, the lender does, and once you hit that 6-month threshold, expect those payment notices to start rolling in! Continue reading “When should you refinance your student loans?”

The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home

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Building equity in your home, the difference between a home’s fair market value and the outstanding mortgage balance, is every homeowner’s goal. After all, it is the whole point of buying a property vs. renting it. Home equity is valuable savings, but it can also be a valuable finance tool. Continue reading “The do’s and don’ts of using the equity in your home”

Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to

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Everyone knows that credit cards come with a credit limit, the maximum amount of money you can charge on the card. However, what’s not as widely known, is that credit card issuers don’t intend for you to max out your credit card by charging up to the credit limit. As you come closer to your credit limit, it can start to have negative effects on your credit score.  Love it or not, much depends on the almighty credit score – from buying a home to getting a good rate on insurance and even employment for some professions. Continue reading “Card limits and why you can’t spend all your money whenever you want to”

Limiting your credit card balances – How to pay off your credit cards when paying in full isn’t an option

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Everyone knows that you shouldn’t rack up credit card debit and you should only charge items/services that you can afford to pay in full when your monthly statement comes in. But for most people, it’s just not feasible. Emergencies happen, unexpected car repairs are needed, the list goes on and one. But maxing out your credit cards can have a sever impact on your credit score. Continue reading “Limiting your credit card balances – How to pay off your credit cards when paying in full isn’t an option”

Overwhelmed with Debt? 6 Steps to Get You Headed in the Right Direction

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The presents have been opened and put away, the tree and holiday decorations have been taken down or will be shortly, and the credit card bills start rolling in – UGH! No one wants to start the New Year off in a pile of debt, but it’s a pretty easy trap to fall into and it can be paralyzing! Continue reading “Overwhelmed with Debt? 6 Steps to Get You Headed in the Right Direction”

The Lay-a-way You Control – Our Christmas Club!

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Tis the holiday season and as we embrace the holiday spirit it’s very easy to get stressed out not only trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, but also figuring out how to pay for it without blowing your budget to pieces! We’ve all heard of stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us who allow customers to use Lay-a-way system ( a method of purchasing by which the purchaser reserves an article with a down payment and claims it only after paying the full balance) at Litchfield Bancorp we have a Lay-A-Way for savings,  our Club Account or Christmas Club as we like to call it! Continue reading “The Lay-a-way You Control – Our Christmas Club!”

Credit cards – can you have too many?

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If your mailbox looks anything like mine, you probably get a few different credit card offers each week. Some boast a 0% APR, some have a rewards program, and others offer 0% balance transfers. But how do you know what credit card is best, and is there such a thing as having too many cards? Continue reading “Credit cards – can you have too many?”