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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: David Argentieri

May 4th, 2020

Home Improvement Projects: Increase Your Property Value & Home Comfort

Homebuying and Mortgages | Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New

Home ownership is incredibly rewarding, both financially and personally. Building equity in your home puts you on the path towards a sound financial future, while pride of ownership can be immensely gratifying. Now that spring is arriving, a lot of homeowners finally have a chance to begin planning a renovation or tackling a repair that was put on hold during winter’s harsh weather.

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By: Nick Bohlen

April 30th, 2020

Eight Things to Do if Facing Coronavirus Lay Off or Furlough

Credit and Debt | Saving and Budgeting

In the last month, 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment due to the coronavirus. Here in Vermont, unemployment has jumped from 2.2 percent to an effective unemployment rate of over 20 percent, with more than 80,000 claims to date for unemployment insurance due to COVID-19. The economy is slowly restarting, as certain industries are reopening with social distancing parameters in place, but many Vermonters remain unemployed or worried about job security. If you or someone you know is out of work, here are eight things you can do to survive being laid off (or furloughed).

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By: Monica Taylor

April 27th, 2020

Free Local Food Resources to Feed Your Family during the Pandemic

Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New

If you have lost pay, been laid off from work, or are working reduced hours, you may be struggling to cover food costs. Whether this is a new situation for you or a situation you have been in before, know that you are not alone and there are a number of free food resources available close to home. These programs are for ALL Vermonters and can help you and your family stay healthy and well-nourished through this emergency.

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By: Bradley Carleton

April 10th, 2020

How to Deal with Financial Hardship Due to the Coronavirus

Saving and Budgeting | Learn Something New

Rule Number 1: Don’t panic and breathe deeply COVID-19 has caused a lot of people to feel panic and fear about their financial situation and future. This panic and fear can lead to “poverty consciousness,” which is a set of beliefs that cause us to fear that we won’t have enough to survive. This mindset of fear doesn’t lead to good decisions. “So, how can I get past this?” you ask. Thoughtful reflection on the past and maintaining a sense of perspective for the larger picture will lead us through this episode.

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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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