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

By: Bonnie Palmer

November 22nd, 2017

Buy Local on Small Business Saturday

Business Development | Lifestyle

Do you know that the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday? And that when you buy from a Vermont vendor, you keep money in our state and support our local economy? While Small Business Saturday is a great chance to get out there and support your local stores, but don't forget—you can buy local every day of the year. 

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By: Brian Bristow

November 14th, 2017

Should You Keep Working after Retirement?

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

There are many reasons why working after retirement might appeal to you. You may want to keep your mind active or stay socially active. You may just need more money to support your lifestyle. Either way, post-retirement work can affect your Social Security benefits. So, if you’re thinking of retiring soon or are already retired, here’s what you need to know before you settle into another job.

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By: Yvonne Garand

November 2nd, 2017

People, Planet, Profit—How Is Your Money Being Used?

Alternative Banking | Local Investing | Cooperatives | Learn Something New

Make an impact through values-based banking The term banking is used to describe the act of using your money for your own financial well-being. It could be saving money in a bank account, paying bills in online banking, or borrowing money for a home, vehicle, or for some other purpose.  

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By: Yvonne Garand

October 25th, 2017

Why a Good Credit Score May Not Help You Get a Loan

Credit and Debt

How lenders view an unsecured debt ratio  Think your good credit score is enough to help you get a loan? It may not be as adequate as you think if your unsecured debt ratio is high. Though most people have some level of unsecured debt, a high ratio of this type of debt is a red flag to lenders that you are not in a position to borrow more. Not sure what this means? Keep reading…

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By: Heidi White

October 19th, 2017

Psychology: What You Need to Know When Buying a House

Homebuying and Mortgages

I am a passionate person, so I often have to rein in my emotions when making important decisions like buying a house. But you don’t have to be an overly intense person for your decisions to be influenced by emotion. In fact, it has long been known that emotions are the primary drivers behind human decision-making. Though our emotions can help us make quicker decisions based on past experiences, they can also get in the way of good decision-making by allowing us to sidestep our more analytic nature.

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By: David Tepfer

October 11th, 2017

Bike Commuting Gear that Will Get You to Work Safely [Top 10]

Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New | Lifestyle

So you’re thinking about commuting to work by bicycle? First of all, congratulations. Your life is about to get a zillion times more fun. And you’re going to save money and reduce your environmental impact! You probably have a bunch of questions about bike commuting gear, though.

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By: Simeon Chapin

October 3rd, 2017

Help for Hungry Vermonters

Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New

On the homepage of their website, the Vermont Foodbank notes that “In Vermont, one in four people struggles with hunger.” That means that on any given day, you may pass by a handful of people who will go to bed hungry that night. You may even be one of those who are struggling.

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By: Jason Felch

September 26th, 2017

It’s Time to Start Your Christmas Savings Plan

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

Mr. Buble and many other artists sing “I’m dreaming of a debt free/less stressful Christmas!” Okay, I know it’s supposed to be “White Christmas.” And for us Vermonters, a white Christmas is bound to happen! But for most, the holidays bring more than wrapping paper, bows, and gift cards; it brings worry of being able to afford it all, which makes this a perfect time to start thinking about a Christmas savings plan.

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