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!”

6 simple ways to save!

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If you’re anything like me, you’re incredibly tempted several times a day to spend money on something that you don’t really need. A diet coke from the vending machine, a coffee from Dunkin on the way to work, or that pack of gum by the checkout register. Whatever it is, you spend a few dollars on it – or maybe a few more than a few dollars. And then you forget about it.

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Young Financiers – Sharing your household budget with your children – it’s a win!

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Sharing your salary and spending habits with others has always been very taboo. But, is there ever a time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag and share that information with your children? We say – Absolutely! While we don’t recommend sitting down with your 5-year-old and trying to explain the family budget, we do think once they hit their pre-teens is a good time. Continue reading “Young Financiers – Sharing your household budget with your children – it’s a win!”

Giving Your Kids Some Financial Smarts — The Rule of Thirds

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As a parent, there are a thousand things you need to do for your kids. From making sure they’re looked after properly, to giving them love and providing them with good life skills, there’s always something else. Continue reading “Giving Your Kids Some Financial Smarts — The Rule of Thirds”