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

Katie Maguire Bagnall

Katie Maguire Bagnall is a Member Service Consultant in VSECU's Williston Office. She has worked for VSECU since 2011. Her favorite part of her position is helping Vermonters organize their finances. She lives in Essex with her husband, her 1-year-old son Brady, and her dog Rubi.

By: Katie Maguire Bagnall

March 28th, 2017

Should You Refinance Your Car?

Auto Buying

Shopping for and buying a new car can be stressful and time consuming. Buyers often rush through the buying process because they can’t wait to drive away in their new rig. But when the dust settles, they realize they could have found a better interest rate or bargained for a better price. A great way to get a better deal and save money on your car is to refinance your auto loan.

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By: Katie Maguire Bagnall

January 17th, 2017

Five Common Credit Score Myths

Credit and Debt

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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By: Katie Maguire Bagnall

January 2nd, 2017

How to Spend Your Holiday Bonus

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

If you get a little extra cash in your paycheck from a holiday or year-end bonus, stretch it as far as you can in a way that will help you over the long term and still afford you some fun. Receiving unexpected money is a great way to get ahead financially. Whether you get 100 dollars or 1,000, there are many ways to put it to good use. So how are you going to spend your holiday bonus?

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By: Katie Maguire Bagnall

December 26th, 2016

What to Consider before Buying a Dog

Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New

Before you buy a dog, you should consider two major factors: how much the dog will cost you now and over the coming years, and where you want to purchase the dog. Determining whether or not you can afford the dog will prevent you from buying a friend you will only have to give up later. And buying a dog from a humane society or rescue shelter (rather than a pet store) can save a dog’s life, save you money, and still reward you with a thankful and loving companion.

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