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Financial Information To Help You Live Smarter

First Source is excited to share financial tips, articles, assessments, coaches, tutorials, and more with our Members and our Community. In the past, we offered helpful financial tips on the radio, social media, and in print. Today we’re thrilled to incorporate a whole new interactive element with each new Financial Friday entry, right here on this page. This interaction will personalize each Financial Friday to your own needs and goals. 

New entries into our Financial Fridays program will be added here twice per month, all to help you Live Smarter with a balanced, healthy financial life. Be sure to check back often to see what’s new. Take the power of your finances to the next level!


January 21, 2022

Quality vs Cost

We often make assumptions that higher-priced items are ‘better’ than their lower-costing counterparts. But is this true in every situation? While sellers sometimes rely on these false assumptions to get you to spend more than necessary, it’s important to recognize the differences between quality and cost. Learn to evaluate the information between assets to help you shop smarter and save on expenses.


January 7, 2022

Trim Your Budget

When was the last time you re-evaluated your monthly budget? Reducing your monthly expenses can be a great way to keep extra money in your savings account. In this short session, you will see the power of trimming expenses and reap the benefits of your new spending habits.


December 24, 2021

Am I Ready to Retire?

Have you thought about what your personal goal is for your retirement savings? Regardless of whether you have a specific number in mind or aren’t exactly sure where to begin, this short session will help you make a plan.


December 10, 2021

Your Tax Return Pre-Game

Filing taxes can be intimidating but some basic knowledge, and a little legwork, can make you more prepared and confident when taking on this yearly task. This session will give you an understanding of how to prepare and gather your information prior to starting your tax return.


November 26, 2021

How Do I Build Credit?

Having good credit is essential in being able to afford many of life’s major expenses. Learn what building good credit means, why it’s important to your financial health, and how to do so in both the short-term and long-term.


November 12, 2021

The Cost of Baby’s First Year

A new baby is wonderful and exciting! It can also be quite expensive, especially if you are having your first child. Learn about the common, yet often unanticipated, costs associated with having a baby throughout the first year and how you can plan your finances accordingly.


October 29, 2021 - Cybersecurity Awareness Month​

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Falling for a phishing scam could lead to identity theft, which in turn could lead to financial loss and hardship. Cyber criminals have no bias and may target anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Learn to spot and avoid different types of phishing attacks at home, at work, and on your phone.


October 15, 2021 - Cybersecurity Awareness Month​

10 Important Rules for Creating Strong Passwords

Weak passwords can account for the loss of jobs, identities, reputations, and large sums of money. A staggering 81% of all data breaches are caused by weak or easily stolen passwords. Learn these 10 rules for helping you create a stronger password and protect access to your online information.


October 1, 2021 - Cybersecurity Awareness Month​

Are You Cyber Safe?

Some things online are unsafe even though they appear to be harmless. In this 10 minute fun, interactive game you’ll navigate through interesting internet dilemmas and scenarios, all while learning real-world safeguards that you can apply.


September 17, 2021

Can I Afford a Mortgage?

Carefully selecting a mortgage that you know you can afford will help ensure that you can successfully pay for your new home. This short, personalized, interactive coaching session, will help you figure out how much you can afford each month and overall, as well as lead you to which type of mortgage may be best for your specific scenario.


September 3, 2021

The 50/30/20 Budgeting Rule

The 50/30/20 rule is a simple, practical rule for those who want a budget that’s easy and effective. It offers guidelines for enjoying your income while putting your savings on autopilot.


August 20, 2021

Financial Wellness Assessment

Are you financially fit? This free, quick, and personal coaching session will determine your present financial wellness situation and provide you with the resources to get it into shape. Learn to adapt your spending, budgeting, and savings habits to reach your financial freedom.


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If you would like to schedule our Community Educator for a seminar or workshop for any Financial Friday educational topic, please email your request to FinancialEducation@fsource.org