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  • BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING: KIDS INFLUENCED BY SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH PARENTS TO OVERSPEND

    2019-08-28 | Blog

    Kids pushing their parents for the coolest in back-to-school gear is a late-summer tradition, and today, youngsters have some backup: social media influencers.

    Peer and social media influences on children are not news unto themselves, but it turns out these factors are affecting how parents spend their back-to-school dollars, according to a new NerdWallet survey conducted online by The Harris Poll.

  • How to Have Fun on a Tight Budget in the Berkshires

    2018-05-07 | Blog

    With the warmer weather finally here it brings visions of summer and a myriad of things that folks and families can do on a tight budget. In Berkshire County we have access to nature’s playground which offers many fun discounted and free options

  • 1040 tax form

    Best Ways to Use a Tax Refund

    2018-02-05 | Blog

    Over the past few years, the average federal tax refund has come to about $3,000. That’s not exactly chump change. With the filing deadline approaching, it’s not too early to begin thinking about how you’ll use a refund this year. Here are five pointers to keep in mind.

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    10 Financial Resolutions for The New Year

    2018-01-25 | Blog

    January, the start of a new year and a new you.  We make resolutions to exercise more, eat less junk food, read more, play less video games, etc.  In addition to our health resolutions, which unfortunately tend to fall by the wayside by this time in January – we need to resurrect some financial resolutions that we may have started, but they too have been put on the shelf by now.

  • holiday online shopping

    Don't Let the Holidays Bust Your Budget

    2017-12-01 | Blog

    The ads are non-stop and the names of folks you need to buy for can grow exponentially!  What can you do to have a great holiday, but not starve for the next 6 months while you desperately try to climb out of the mountain of debt you racked up on credit cards?

  • hands holding coffee with mobile phone and muffins

    5 Financial Tips for Fall

    2016-07-26 | Blog

    Fall means dreams of pumpkin spice lattes, turkey dinners and a cozy holiday season just around the corner. Here are five ways to make sure you're financially well-equipped for the last stretch of the year.