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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: Brian Bishop

February 25th, 2020

What You Need to Know about the SECURE Act

Saving and Budgeting | Investing in the Future

In January, the Setting Every Community up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 was enacted. The ACT, which is referred to as the SECURE Act, should help Americans take greater control over their retirement funds. The Act describes about 25 provisions, so we will focus on the key changes that will likely have the greatest impact.

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By: Oliver Ames

January 29th, 2020

How do Pellet Furnace Prices Compare?

Homebuying and Mortgages | Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

After many years of renting small apartments, my wife and I decided to take the plunge and buy our first house. As any new homeowners would, we have been nervously, excitedly, painting walls and undertaking little projects to make our home perfect for us, but the first big project now looms on the horizon—the heating system.

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By: Heidi White

January 15th, 2020

How to Pay off Credit Card Debt Fast

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

Now that the holidays are over, how is your credit card balance looking? This is often the time of year when people take stock of their debt and begin to despair. If that’s where you’re at, take a deep breath and keep reading for some simple tips that should help you get a good, quick start on getting rid of your balance(s).

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By: Elizabeth LaPerle

January 7th, 2020

How Many Points Can You Buy on a Mortgage?

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting

There are many things to consider when purchasing a home—location, school district, neighborhood, affordability, and type (single family vs. multifamily) just to mention a few. Once you’ve found your perfect home, you must choose the best mortgage type—fixed-rate or adjustable. And then you can decide whether to buy points.

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By: Valerie Beaudin

December 31st, 2019

Don't Fall into the Payday Loan Trap

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

A payday loan is a short-term loan that is intended to be paid off with your next paycheck. Payday loans are often used by people who are short of cash to pay for emergency expenses. They are prohibited in many states because they are considered predatory loans that charge unreasonably high interest rates and fees, which make them very hard to pay off. Because they’re so hard to pay off, they can trap people in a cycle of debt for years. How can you avoid these loans when you really need the cash now? Keep reading.

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By: Rachel Feldman

December 24th, 2019

Make Budgeting Your New Year's Resolution in 2020

Saving and Budgeting

If you’re struggling to make ends meet, make budgeting your New Year’s resolution in 2020. Budgeting isn’t a skill we’re born with. It’s something we’re taught, or we learn on our own. But with money being one of those things you aren’t supposed to talk about around the dinner table, it can be scary to ask for basic advice.

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By: Oliver Ames

December 2nd, 2019

Save Big with these Cyber Monday Deals

Saving and Budgeting

It’s hard to get through the holidays without hearing about Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, but in an increasingly online age, it’s Cyber Monday that offers the best deals (and you don’t have to wait in line). We rounded up some of our favorite Cyber Monday deals so you can save this holiday season!

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By: Tyler Anderson

November 21st, 2019

How Black Friday Hijacked a Weekend

Local Investing | Saving and Budgeting

Each year, millions of individuals flood the stores on Thanksgiving night, and into what we now refer to as Black Friday, to score awesome deals. The phrase "Black Friday" has a long history that hasn’t always been focused on commerce, and it is now followed by two other shopping-related holidays that encourage people to buy in different ways. How have these holidays evolved and how should you navigate them? Here’s a little advice.

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