Financial Education

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The Truth About Refund Anticipation Loans

It’s that time again – TAX SEASON! What tipped me off? Certainly, it could have been the Statue of Liberty standing at the corner flailing her arms around, encouraging me to pull on in to…
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Our Hearts vs. Our Wallets

To say that I LOVE infographs is, quite frankly, the understatement of the century. As I scoured the internet looking for financial news for you crazy kids, I ran across this gem on Wallet Pop.…
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Members vs. Customers: What’s the diff?

Ever wonder why we call you a member instead of a customer?  How about when one of us asks for your member number instead of an account number?  There’s a good reason for it and…
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IDA: Ben’s Success Story

Saving money can be tough, especially if you’ve been a victim of a natural disaster (hello, Flood of ’08). We totally get that. But did you know that there is a very cool government assisted…
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Why Savers and Spenders Marry

The other day I was walking out of the house with my husband and noticed that his work shoes look really worn out. He wears the exact same pair everyday and has for about 3…
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The Truth About Payday Loans

We’ve all seen the commercials - those payday loan places make it look really easy to get money FAST! But what’s the catch? What do the loans really involve? What are some of the benefits?…
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Tips for Buying Your First Home

Buying a home can be a very intimidating process for the experienced homeowner, so it’s only reasonable to say that for a first-time buyer it can be downright terrifying! It’s easy to get swallowed up…
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Credit Score: Ignorance is not bliss!

Three little numbers can shape your financial life and hold a heck of a lot of power. Your credit score can affect the rates you receive on home or auto loans. It can be the…
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Finally – the TRUTH about rewards!

One thing that I love so much about working at Linn Area is that I wholeheartedly believe we won’t try to sell you guys products or services that we ourselves don’t believe in. Here’s what…