Smart Spending

Helping you budget and make smart financial decisions.

Helping you budget and make smart financial decisions.

Tax Season Tips: Make Your Refund Work for You

Tax season is upon us, and it’s time to put your refund check to work. Rather than treating your refund like bonus cash and splurging, consider using most or all of it productively. There are [...]

By | March 12th, 2015|Smart Spending|

Beef Up Your Budget

Are there times you wish your finances were a little more in shape? Do you find your debt too heavy and savings too slim? It’s time to trim the fat from your budget and beef [...]

By | January 13th, 2015|Smart Spending|

Holiday Spending Survival Guide

In 2013, the average household spent $735 on the holiday season. And it’s no wonder; between buying gifts, visiting in-laws, and decking the halls, spending during the holidays can add up fast. But going into [...]

By | December 2nd, 2014|Smart Spending|

Summer Staycation Satisfaction

Whether you’re considering taking a weeklong roadtrip or spending a few days in the Bahamas, you’re faced with the harsh reality that leaving town this summer often means spending a small fortune. Last year, more [...]

By | July 3rd, 2014|Smart Spending|

3, 4th, 5: 3 Recipes for the 4th with 5 Ingredients or Less

The Fourth of July is the quintessential summer celebration! If you're anything like us, it involves food, friends, and fireworks – not a bank-breaking backyard BBQ.  Please the crowd and your wallet with these three [...]

By | June 30th, 2014|Smart Spending|

Missed the Auto Buying Q&A? Here’s the Recap!

Last Friday, our auto buying experts excitingly huddled and held a live Q&A on our social media sites to answer your auto lending inquiries. We dug-in and fielded several excellent questions ranging from pre-approvals and [...]

By | February 6th, 2014|Smart Spending|

Your Auto Buying Questions Answered! [Infographic]

Do you plan to start 2014 in a new direction with a new set of wheels? Join our auto buying experts on Friday, January 31, for a live Q&A on our Facebook page! They'll be [...]

By | January 24th, 2014|Smart Spending|

Recovering from a holiday shopping hangover

The holiday season can be as expensive as it is exciting. While many people spend more money during the holiday season than at any other time of year, they may forget to set extra money [...]

By | January 2nd, 2014|Smart Spending|

Ways to Secure Personal Information

Secure Your Personal Information The Holidays are a season of celebrating, and yes, of course, shopping. More traffic in stores and online entices criminals to actively pursue personal identifiable information. For instance, a major retailer [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|Smart Spending|

Cooler Temperatures Can Heat Up Auto Bargains

I’m asked a lot by our members, "When is the best time to buy a new car at a bargain?" My answer to them is always the same: The best time to buy a new [...]

By | October 10th, 2013|Smart Spending|