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10 Tips to Green Your Home and Save Some Money
Steps homeowners can take to reduce the environmental impact of owning a home and possibly save some money at the same time.

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6 To Do Items for Your New Home
You just signed the papers so that this wonderful house is now your home. What should be early steps you should take to protect this investment?

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6 Tips for a Down Payment
Some tips to help you save for a down payment on a home.

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5 Questions for Buying Your New Home

Okay, you want to start looking for your first home. There are some basic financial questions you should ask yourself before calling a realtor.

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Seven Ways to Budget for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

For all their parties, family time, and mirth, the holidays can be a financially complicated season. There are presents to buy and family gatherings to plan, which can cause great strain on your bank account. But with a little proactivity, you can plan your holiday expenses in a way that feels not stress-inducing but empowering.

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First Hope Shares Impact of Digital Education Program That Assisted Students During COVID

You might say a community is only as strong as its schools. Homes for the growth, education, and betterment of our youth, schools are the nucleus of any society, and the detailed work of their staff and teachers often goes unnoticed. First Hope is proud to play a role in assisting these vital educators by providing students with the tools they need to learn and engage while in and out of the classroom.

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Home Equity Fixed Loan vs. Home Equity Line of Credit: What Are The Differences?

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to use their residence as collateral to obtain cash. Such funds are often needed for pricier endeavors, like paying for a renovation or college tuition. When these funds are needed, there are two possible avenues to take when using your home as collateral: a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit.

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Financial Literacy

FDIC Home Buying Guide

Buying your first home is an exciting time. Like most exciting things, it does require some preparation. With this guide to buying your first home from the FDIC, you should feel more prepared.

Resume Writing Tips for Recent College Grads

As students around America graduate, hundreds of thousands of people will soon enter the full-time workforce for the first time...

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3 Healthy Financial Habits to Start Now

Developing healthy financial habits can do wonders for helping us achieve our goals, and the earlier you start, the better...

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Make a Plan to Save

October is Financial Planning Month − and there's nothing better than making a plan to save money...

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Celebrate No Spend November

As the holiday season approaches, November is typically a time for increased spending. Join us for the No Spend November Challenge, and commit yourself to keeping your spending in check and savings on point....

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Give Yourself the Gift of Less Financial Stress: A Budget Plan for a Healthy, Happy You

Can making a budget really make you feel better about life? You might be surprised! One of the most powerful things you can do to relieve uncertainty and stress is to take a step back and make a plan....

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Give Yourself a Financial Wellness Boost!

Saving money is tough. In fact, as humans, we’re wired to take care of our needs now, and worry about later… well, later. Putting resources away for a rainy day actually goes against our natural urge to make decisions based on what’s in front of us right now....

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8 Ways to Fight ID Fraud Online

Nearly three decades after the internet was introduced, the web continues to transform the lives of many users, revolutionizing the way consumers shop, pay bills, and transfer money online. As these advancements make common tasks hassle-free, consumers are urged to take extra precautions...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

How soon is too soon to talk to your kids or grandkids about money? If they are old enough to ask for a toy or a bike, they are old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime...

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