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Tips For Holiday Financial Success

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Snow begins to fall, suddenly you have a hankering for peppermint treats, and soon enough- a much needed reprieve from schoolwork. The holidays can be a glittering wonderland of tradition, warmth, and happiness- but they can also be expensive. It’s hard to enjoy the holiday season and look forward to a new year when you’re feeling financially stressed. So before you deck the halls and start adding gifts to your online cart, it’s important to make a holiday game plan and a budget. Here are some of the Financial Wellness Center’s tips and tricks for successful holiday spending.

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Falling Out of Debt and Jumping Into Savings

Your alarm rings, it’s 8:00 am. You struggle to get out of bed and after being on your phone for what feels like forever, you finally find the will to get up and begin your day. You make yourself a fresh cup of coffee, and as you go outside you feel the cool breeze on your skin reminding you that fall has just begun. You smile, go back to your room and change into your comfiest sweater.

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Why I've Never Used a Debit Card

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Unlike the majority of people, I’ve never used a debit card. Instead, I started my financial life on a credit card. I get a lot of questions about “why” or “how” I’ve done that. For me it’s easy, I get rewards like cash back or points when I use my credit card. If you’re buying essential items such as food, hygiene products, gas, etc. month to month why not get cash back or benefits from it?

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Saving for Emergencies

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Due to the recent pandemic, the Financial Wellness Center feels like it is a great time to talk about emergencies and how we can prepare for them financially. It is so important to save for a rainy day, but it’s also important to know how much you should strive to save.

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A Shortcut on the Road to Investing

A Shortcut on the Road to Investing

Investing during college can be a challenge. There are a few options to put away a little bit of money but for the most part we students tend to be strapped for cash and rarely have the time to analyze stocks. Perhaps the best thing we can do is set ourselves up for future investment opportunities. Investing starts with budgeting or making a spending plan. Learning how to spend money effectively is a good skill to learn and can ultimately help us get what we really want in the long run rather than what we want in the moment.

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Healthy & Budget-Friendly Meals for Students

Healthy & Budget-Friendly Meals for Students

Being a college student is hard. You have to balance school work, your job, friends, family, and sleep. That makes it hard to also find food that’s healthy and cheap. But don't get discouraged, you can do it with just a little planning and some creative, healthy ideas. Continue reading for amazing and healthy recipe suggestions...

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Last Updated: 9/1/20