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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. 

#Financial Friday Tips To Help You Live Smarter

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!


Augut 5, 2022

Make Your Credit Card Work For You

Credit cards are a financial tool that can help you build your credit history and make it easier to get approved for future loans. It’s important to use them responsibly so you don’t risk harming your credit score in the long term. See our useful tips that will help you use your credit cards to your advantage.


July 22, 2022

Simple Ways to Add Value to Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, you want to do everything possible to appeal to buyers. There are many factors that go into marketing a home, including its condition. Luckily, it’s possible to increase your home’s value by making some simple repairs.


July 8, 2022

Preserving Your Spending Power - Fighting Inflation

Inflation is among the most destructive economic problems and can be a stealthy thief of your income. Protecting your finances and maintaining disciplined spending habits can be crucial. By having a strategy in place, you can help safeguard your current value and buying power.


June 24, 2022

Funeral Costs - Financial Assistance During Adverse Times

When a loved one passes away, it can be overwhelming for those who have to work through the details of funeral and burial costs. The last thing anyone wants is to make an already difficult time harder for family and friends. Planning ahead for funeral arrangements is a way to honor final wishes and have the funding you need to cover expenses.


June 10, 2022

Debit Cards - Everything You Need To Know

Debit cards are one of the most common forms of payment today. They have taken the lead as the preferred method of payment over writing checks, are considered safer than carrying cash, more convenient to use online or in emergencies, and a debit card can be replaced if it’s lost. Debit cards are typically free to use and bridge a secure connection to your checking account. Learn about debit cards versus credit cards, overdraft protection, fees, benefits, and more.


May 27, 2022

Preparing Yourself to Find a New Place to Rent

While renting requires less immediate cash and fewer obligations than owning a home, there are some factors that you’ll need to consider before you begin your search. Finding, and keeping, a good rental can be difficult but if you know what you’re getting into beforehand, you may have a better chance of finding a good affordable place.


May 13, 2022

Secured vs Unsecured Loans

Even with a well-balanced budget and healthy savings, most people do not have enough cash for life’s bigger expenses like a house, a new car, opening a business, renovating their home, or paying for college. Taking out a loan is the most likely avenue for these big-ticket items. 

There are two main types of loans - secured and unsecured - and it’s important to know their differences.


April 29, 2022

What You Need to Know About College Tuition Costs

Finding the best and most affordable college for yourself can be tough. But you don’t have to do it alone. There are some choices you can make to help reduce the stress of expenses. Learn more about the potential costs.


April 15, 2022

Protecting Yourself from Phone Scams

Fraudsters are continually coming up with new and clever ways to trick people, making some scams very hard to detect. Being the target of an attacker isn’t always obvious, so it’s essential to be cautious at all times when it comes to divulging personal financial information. Keep these tips in mind to protect yourself from scammers.


April 1, 2022

Tips for Paying Debts Down Faster

Anyone is susceptible to debt. It’s easy to lose track of your spending and incur charges you aren’t prepared for covering. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, use these tips to help make a plan to get back on track, and debt-free, faster.


March 18, 2022

Vehicle-Buying Considerations

The best way to shop for a vehicle is to be prepared. It’s exciting but can also be complicated and you want to set yourself up for a successful purchasing plan. See what you should consider when getting ready to look for your next vehicle, so you can drive away happy!


March 4, 2022

When Should You Update Your Budget?

Having a budget to help pay for life’s events can give you the ability to be prepared and adapt accordingly. Knowing exactly where your finances stand at any time allows you to know where and when funds can be moved around. Here are some common reasons our budgets need to shift throughout the different stages of our lives, as well as tips on how to prepare for them.


February 18, 2022

Be Credit Smart

Credit plays a big role in our lives and it is important to understand how it works. This article outlines key factors to understanding what credit is, how to maintain a good credit score, and how to avoid damaging your credit as you use it.


February 4, 2022

New Business Quiz

Are you starting a new business? How you structure your enterprise will determine your tax bill, ability to attract investors, liability, and more. This short session will take into account the goals you have in mind, as well as other factors, and help you identify which type of business structure may work best for you.


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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