Holiday $tress or holiday joy?

By Alan Prahl Do you feel the urge to splurge on the perfect present? You’re not alone. Twenty percent of Americans say they have spent $1,000 or more impulsively. Sometimes we splurge on special gifts for others or ourselves. Too much spending —during the holidays or...

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You can make over your finances

When you think about your finances, do you usually feel pretty good? Or do you feel like 64% of millennials who say they are stressed out about their finances? If money is stressful, we can help you make over your finances and reduce anxiety about money. Since 1985,...

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Is student loan debt keeping you awake?

By Alan Prahl About 70% of college students borrow money to go to school. Many parents and students who are taking out student loans wonder if they are making the best choice. Fox Communities Credit Union is hosting a workshop to help parents and students learn more...

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Interested in Rebuilding Your Credit?

Do you want to re-establish or improve your credit? FISC has added an online course, “Rebuilding Your Credit: A Guide to a Brighter Future” to the FISC website. This American Center for Credit Education (ACCE) course covers reviewing your credit and credit score,...

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FISC offers online course on understanding medical insurance

Is medical insurance confusing or frustrating? Cut through the Confusion on Health Insurance and Medical Bills can help you understand confusing concepts such as co-pays, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. To learn more about this convenient online course, click...

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Planning for the best years of your life

When you dream about retirement, what does it look like? Will you know when it’s time to retire? After 30 or 40 years of working eight-hour days, what will you do with all your free time? Plan now to attend FISC’s free workshop at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Appleton Public...

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Where is your money going?

By Alan Prahl I have a challenge for you. Write down how much money you made last month. Then, write down where your money went. If you’re like most people, you won’t know where $50 to $300 went. Poof. It’s gone. I can help you find that lost money. For one week,...

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Why should I pay myself first?

By Alan Prahl Many people want to save money but try to save out of their financial leftovers after they have paid everyone else. That’s a lot of people! After paying the mortgage or rent, utilities, food, cellphone, car payment, student loans and restaurant bills...

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What graduates need to know about money

By Alan Prahl As thousands of proud parents celebrate the graduation of their children, many graduates are looking forward to being on their own. Living independently is a significant change. Here are some tips for new graduates. Have a spending plan. Without a budget...

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Bougies win 2017 Financial Makeover Challenge

By Alan Prahl Would you like to increase savings or decrease debt? For the last nine years, people have been getting their finances “made over” by participating in the Money Smart Week Fox Cities Financial Makeover Challenge. David and Maria Bougie of Oshkosh won this...

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