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Family Finances

First Comm Mom blog for family finances

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    Should I Buy or Lease?

    2020-02-19 | Family Finances

    To lease or to buy? It’s one of the age-old questions car buyers ask themselves. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The option that’s right for you depends on a number of factors, including your financial situation, lifestyle and your future plans for the vehicle.

    Before choosing the option that’s best for you, it is important to understand the difference between leasing and buying.

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    New Money Puzzles!

    2020-02-14 | Family Finances

    Kids - check out these scenarios and try to determine which options give you the better deal!

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    POST-HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST

    2019-12-27 | Family Finances

    Now that the holidays are a wrap, there’s no time like the present to start those post-holiday to-dos!

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    Help Your Family Spend Less This Holiday Season

    2019-09-16 | Family Finances

    All of our annual seasonal celebrations cost money – lots of money. This year, help your family spend less by incorporating these ideas into your holiday budget plan. 

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    Plan for the Holidays — Starting Now!

    2018-10-18 | Family Finances

    The holidays will be here before we know it.

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    Seasonal Tips to Reduce Energy Use

    2018-10-18 | Family Finances

    Saving money on energy during the holidays isn't always easy, but it is possible!

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    Reducing Home Heating and Cooling Costs

    2017-09-19 | Family Finances

    Heating the house in the winter and cooling it in the summer can result in high utility bills, which certainly puts a strain on your budget. There are a few things you can do in order to cut back on heating and cooling costs. Brought to you by GreenPath.

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    Money Smarts: Preparing for College

    2017-06-30 | Family Finances

    Use our checklist to make sure your student is financially prepared for college.

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    The High-Rate Retail Credit Card Trap

    2017-03-08 | Family Finances

    What items should you consider when moving high-rate credit card debt.

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    What If I Don't Have Loose Change to Save?

    2017-02-07 | Family Finances

    Just because many of us don’t use cash, this doesn’t rule out some great, easy ways to save. 

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    Improving Your Financial Health

    2017-01-13 | Family Finances

    First Commonwealth has a financial tool to help you improve your financial health.

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    Gifts for the Person Who Doesn't Need or Want Anything

    2016-12-12 | Family Finances

    Here are a few gift ideas you can give the person who has everything.

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    Is Your Holiday Spending Like a Holiday Movie?

    2016-11-03 | Family Finances

    The 24-hour holiday movie channels have already started their “countdown to Christmas.” Thinking about them has made me liken my holiday spending to today’s formulaic holiday movies. Here are 5 ideas to help you pay off your holiday debt.

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    Save Time and Money This School Year

    2016-09-19 | Family Finances

    Use these tips to help you save money and organize your family during the school year.

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    Join the Revolution

    2016-08-22 | Family Finances

    The big topic of discussion among the community where I live has been the merger of the local bank with a larger national bank. Find out how we can help your family and friends.

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    Summer Vacation Is a Great Time for Money Lessons

    2016-07-07 | Family Finances

    Make the most of the time you are spending with your children, it’s a perfect time to start or continue your child’s financial education.

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    Never Forget to Pay Someone Again

    2016-05-05 | Family Finances

    Use payment option Person to Person (P2P) on your mobile banking app (HomeLink Mobile) to pay a person directly from your account to their account.

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    How to Do Allowances Right

    2016-04-07 | Family Finances

    We have many resources to help you teach your children good money management and the importance of saving.

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    Can You Afford It?

    2016-03-14 | Family Finances

    Simple ways to figure out if you can afford large purchases like a car, mortgage, or house remodeling.

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    To Shred or Not to Shred

    2016-02-04 | Family Finances

    Learn more about what documents you can shred and how shredding will reduce your risk for identity theft.

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    What Does a Rising Rate Economy Mean to You?

    2016-01-07 | Family Finances

    How a rising rate economy may affect your finances.

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    Wrap Up Your 2015 Finances

    2015-12-03 | Family Finances

    A list of financial opportunities and financial benefits may help you increase your 2015 tax deductions, savings and retirement.

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    How to Save Money & Reclaim Your Thanksgiving

    2015-11-03 | Family Finances

    10 ideas to help you save money during the holidays.

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    Buy, Eat & Bank Local

    2015-10-09 | Family Finances

    We can all help  build our community and strengthen our local economy.

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    Fund the Experiences and Dreams on Your Bucket List

    2015-09-11 | Family Finances

    If you need help financing the the items on your bucket list First Commonwealth can help you secure a low-interest loan.   You choose which loan is best for your life - a manageable payment that won't take a long time to pay back.

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    Preparing for the New School Year

    2015-08-04 | Family Finances

    Let First Commonwealth help you prepare your children for a great school year.

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    Help Your Student Save Money & Stay Safe as They Head Off to College

    2015-07-07 | Family Finances

    Does your child know the impact financial decisions will have on their financial future?

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    Plan a Staycation in the Lehigh Valley

    2015-06-04 | Family Finances

    You don’t need to travel far to find great summer vacation attractions and activities. Take advantage of the amazing venues you have in your backyard.

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    Should Your Teen Open a Checking Account?

    2015-04-10 | Family Finances

    Your teen will need all the resources and good advice they can find throughout their lives to make informed and intelligent money decisions.  First Commonwealth makes it easy to set up your teen’s checking account. There are many great resources to help you and your teen discuss the responsibilities of a checking account and how to manage money.

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    8 Smart Ways to Lower Your Food Costs

    2014-11-24 | Family Finances

    One of the top expenses in the average American family’s budget is food. Going out to eat or getting take-out can quickly increase your food spending. If you stick to a monthly food budget it will help you lower your costs.

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    The "Gifting" Season

    2014-11-07 | Family Finances

    Have you fallen into the gift trap? I had for many years and after my daughter’s third Christmas I finally had a different perspective and made some adjustments that have helped our family and friends.