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Financial and Lifestyle Resources for Vermont


In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.

By: Shawn Christianson

March 23rd, 2017

Top Ten Most Reliable Car Brands

Auto Buying | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

Since a car is such a big investment, you want to make sure you pick a reliable car that is going to last. But how? A great place to start is with Consumer Reports' Car Brands Reliability report, which lists these brands as the top ten most reliable:

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By: Caroline Cross

March 2nd, 2017

Tiny Houses v. Mobile Homes – Low Cost Living

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

Listen Here:  As home prices go up, you can cut costs by moving into a tiny house or a mobile home. Tiny houses are the most affordable, but not everyone can handle a tiny living space. If you’re considering downsizing or finding a more affordable home, you can start by comparing and contrasting these two styles. 

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By: Kira Comstock

February 14th, 2017

Engage Your Passion through Volunteer Work

Learn Something New | Lifestyle

Listen Here:  I’m a mother of two who works a full time job, but volunteering is important to me. I want to be involved in my community and use my passion to help others. It is difficult to find the time and energy to find volunteer opportunities and make it happen, though. Fortunately, I am an engagement specialist by profession, and am responsible for helping co-workers find volunteer outlets for their passions, so I have learned some tips and tricks for freeing up time to give back to the community. Here are some things I’ve learned along the way:

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By: Steve Timmons

February 7th, 2017

Protect Your Accounts from Post-Holiday Cybercrime

Identity and Fraud Protection

Listen Here: The holidays are over, but that doesn’t mean you should stop protecting yourself from cybercrime. Fraudsters get busy during the holiday season, harvesting information from the credit cards of generous shoppers. After the holidays, they use the data they’ve collected to wreak havoc on their victim’s accounts.

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6 Tips for Improving Your Credit Score

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By: Andrew Gansenberg

February 2nd, 2017

Groundhog Day Advice: Get Ready for Spring

Listen Here:  If you’re a fan of Punxsutawney Phil, you already know he saw his shadow, so we're in for another six weeks of winter. Despite the bleak Groundhog Day forecast, spring is still on its way and I’m going to encourage you to start your spring planning ASAP. So, if you’re ready to “think spring,” here are some ideas to help you prepare.

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By: Bonnie Palmer

January 31st, 2017

Four Tips for a Successful Tax Season

Listen Here: Tax season can be frustrating and overwhelming. Here are a few suggestions to help reduce your stress during this time of year.

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By: Rod Sigurdson

January 20th, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions - A Model for Success

Saving and Budgeting | Lifestyle

Listen Here:  The end of January is on the horizon. Are you still holding strong to your New Year’s resolutions or are they languishing in the wasteland of abandoned intentions? Maybe you hoped to save enough to make a downpayment on a new home this year or put more into your retirement fund. Maybe you just want to lose a few extra pounds. Well, this is your reminder to pull out those dejected intentions or create a fresh set of resolutions based on your needs, wishes, or desires, and try something new today.

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By: Katie Maguire Bagnall

January 17th, 2017

5 Common Credit Score Myths

Credit and Debt

Listen Here:  When it comes to credit scores there are a lot of myths, which can cause consumers to make poor decisions about their credit card use. Here is a list of the most common misconceptions (and why you shouldn’t believe them):  

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