Savings and Retirement Tips: Pay off your Mortgage Early or Invest?

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When it comes to saving money, especially for your future, it can be hard to decide where to put that money to get the best bang for your buck. If you have loans, like a mortgage, you might consider an early pay-off. What feels better than being debt free, right? But building wealth can be tricky.

When it comes to saving money, interest rates rule the world. You want your money to earn more than it would cost you elsewhere. So, if your rate of return on investing is more than you would save in paying down interest, then investing would earn you more money and be a smarter option. However, if your mortgage interest rate is higher than your rate of return on investing, then you would save more money by paying down aggressively on your mortgage instead.

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Financial goals to Strive for by the Time You’re 30

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When you are in your 20’s you experience a lot of exciting changes in your life – graduating from college, starting your first job, buying your first car, getting your first apartment, etc. And of course not everyone moves at the same pace or takes the same path in life, but it is important to plan ahead and set some financial goals.

When you set financial goals, especially at a young age, it can set you up for financial freedom later on in life. It might not seem super important right now to plan 20, 30, or 40 years ahead, but doing so can give you more choices in the future.  It is a great feeling knowing you are on track with your money, and now is the perfect time to start working towards financial security.

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Advice from Millennials on How to Buy a House in Your 20s

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If you’ve been paying attention to the real estate trends, you may have heard the Millennials just aren’t buying homes at the same rate as their previous generations. Aside from the simple fact that it’s just not affordable for most, many site reasons like high student debt and low loan availability. Studies show that only 37% of millennials owned homes in 2015 – that’s 8% lower than Gen Xers and Baby Boomers at the same age.

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Finance tips every 18 year old should know

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Do you ever wish you could go back in time and make different financial decisions? Some of the worst financial decisions are made when we are young and just starting to manage our own money and bills. At 18, you get that first taste of freedom, you can get your own credit card, open your own bank accounts without a parent, and even get a loan for a car on your own. But, making the wrong choices this early in the financial game, can set you back and affect your credit for years to come.

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Why every millennial should have a Roth IRA

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There’s often a debate over which retirement fund you should choose:  a Traditional or Roth IRA? As a millennial, there is a definite advantage to choosing one over the other. Continue reading “Why every millennial should have a Roth IRA”

Retirement Planning – I’m 50 and haven’t started yet!

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If you’ve done any research about retirement planning, you know that it’s NEVER too early to start. In fact, starting to save during your college years is slowly becoming the norm! But what do you do when years turn into decades and you still haven’t started saving for your retirement? If you are in your 50’s and haven’t been able to build up the retirement fund, you’ll need to get started and fast. Here are some tips to help you out! Continue reading “Retirement Planning – I’m 50 and haven’t started yet!”

Saving for Retirement? Here are some pitfalls to avoid

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When it comes to saving for your retirement, every penny counts. Regardless if you are just starting to save or in the home stretch to retiring, making the wrong financial decisions could have a big impact on your retirement goals. With social security no longer being a sustainable retirement option, it’s important to make sure that you set yourself up for the future. Continue reading “Saving for Retirement? Here are some pitfalls to avoid”

How to plan a wedding on a budget

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It’s one of the most memorable days of your life, and for some, one of the most expensive (student loans and mortgages aside!) – it’s your wedding day! From the proposal up until the Big Day, it’s a lot of planning and celebrating and making sure your wedding day is just as magical as you’d envision since you were 5 years old. But at 5 years old, you had NO IDEA how expensive it all was. So, how can you have an amazing wedding without starting your marriage ten of thousands of dollars in debt? Easy – a wedding budget. Continue reading “How to plan a wedding on a budget”

Emergency funds and how much is enough for your family

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Emergency fund, rainy day fund, whatever you call it, it’s important to know how much money you should have set aside in case something unexpected happens. While it may be somewhat of a moving target – the golden rule has always been to have at least 3 to 6 months’ worth of expenses saved up – 6 months especially if you have a family. Continue reading “Emergency funds and how much is enough for your family”

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!”