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Everything You Need to Know About Interest Rates
Good Money Moves this week is all about interest rates. What is interest, what is compounding interest, and what do APR and APY mean? Jenna Taubel and Troy Brenhaug with First Alliance Credit Union answer those questions and explain how you can put yourself in a better position to enjoy a lower inte…
How Identity Thieves Operate and How You Can Protect Yourself
The most common tools utilized by criminals engaged in identity theft and fraud are data breaches, phishing, and pretexting. Jenna Taubel and David Schouten with First Alliance Credit Union explain how each of the methods work and some of the "red flags" to watch out for and help protect y…
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Identity Theft
Identity theft and identity fraud are a $16 billion a year business that victimizes an estimated 1 in 15 people each year. Jenna Taubel and David Schouten with the First Alliance Credit Union discuss the scope of the problem, along with some of the more common methods used by identity thieves and wa…
Tips to Avoid Financial Problems With Credit Cards
Credit cards can be a useful financial tool if used responsibly, but all too often they are not. Jenna Taubel and Scott Wilson with the First Alliance Credit Union explore some of the ways credit cards can lead to financial problems and offer some tips and advice to avoid having that happen to you.
Tips to Help You Avoid Overspending For the Holidays
It's estimated Americans spend a trillion dollars a year on the holidays. That figure and others suggest it's pretty easy to overspend and leave yourself with a budget mess entering the New Year. This week, on Good Money Moves, Jenna Taubel and Scott Wilson with the First Alliance Credit U…
How to Set Up a Successful Budget
Creating a budget is a very individualized process, but there are some guidelines. Jenna Taubel and Jordan Kaehler from First Alliance Credit Union explain some of the parameters you should follow when setting up a successful budget for the first time and offer some suggestions for taming some of yo…
Following a Monthly Budget is an Essential Good Money Move
Jenna Taubel and Danielle Sommerfeldt from First Alliance Credit Union highlight the advantages of having a budget and describe the steps for creating a simple budget that realistically accounts for your monthly income and expenses.
Common Reasons Why People Don’t Budget Their Money Correctly
A key step for anyone wishing to make Good Money Moves is to create a monthly budget. Unfortunately, a large majority of Americans do not have a household budget and lack crucial information needed for improving their financial health. On this week's Good Money Moves, Jenna Taubel and Danielle …
A Deeper Dive Into the Wide Range of Savings Account Options
Today's savers have a wide range of account options to choose from when making Good Money Moves. Jenna Taubel and Kim Ferraro from First Alliance Credit Union describe some of the options available, ranging from Money Market and Certificate of Deposit accounts for the more savvy saver to incent…
Choosing the Right Savings Account to Meet Your Savings Goals
While saving money is crucial for your financial health, choosing the right savings account is also important. Jenna Taubel and Kim Ferraro from First Alliance Credit Union explain how credit union savings are insured by the federal government and the various fees you might be charged by banks and c…
How Much Money Should You Have in Savings?
Everyone knows saving money is a Good Money Move, but how much money should you save? This week on Good Money Moves, Jenna Taubel and Michelle Dodd from First Alliance Credit Union explore how you can answer that question by starting small and deploying a strategy known as S.M.A.R.T Goals to devel…
Saving Money Provides the Foundation for Good Financial Health
Jenna Taubel and Michelle Dodd from First Alliance Credit Union explore some of the reasons behind the statistics that show many Americans are not good savers. They also explain the importance of saving money and some common difficulties or challenges that can be avoided by having adequate funds ava…
Overwhelmed By Multiple Debt Payments? Here Are Your Options
This week's Good Money Moves explores some of the options available to people overwhelmed by multiple debt payments. Jenna Taubel and LeAnne Trom from First Alliance Credit Union explain why a debt consolidation loan is the best option for most people while also exploring some of the less attra…
Can You Still Get a Debt Consolidation Loan With Bad Credit?
Your ability to secure a debt consolidation loan is dependent on many factors, particularly your credit score. Jenna Taubel and LeAnne Trom from First Alliance Credit Union ​explain that a poor score does not necessarily disqualify a person from taking advantage of a debt consolidation loan t…
Different Debt Consolidation Loans Apply to Certain Situations
On this week's Good Money Moves program, Jenna Taubel and Troy Brenhaug from First Alliance Credit Union highlight the different types of debt consolidation loans available and provide some insight on which type would likely be the most appropriate in certain situations.
Steps To Rebuilding a Low Credit Score
Making Good Money Moves can have a positive impact on your credit rating in a relatively short amount of time. Jenna Taubel and Hayley Howard from the First Alliance Credit Union explains some of the steps you can take to make sure your credit score does not sour. Plus, learn some steps you can take…
How to Increase Your Credit Score
Jenna Taubel and Hayley Howard with the First Alliance Credit Union explain how a consumer can positively influence their credit score. Making timely payments is obvious, but the credit rating agencies also look at capacity and utilization, and the type of debt a person holds and how they manage tha…