The Money Mentor Blog
12/17/15  Credit 101
How many credit cards should I have?

With a seemingly unending stream of credit card offers, it’s important to understand how your use of credit affects your credit score – for good and bad – before you sign on the dotted line. 

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12/16/15  
How holiday shopping can impact your credit score

Between the elaborate window displays, sparkling lights and tantalizing sales, it's easy to get caught up in holiday shopping fever. But it’s important to keep an eye on your spending. Going overboard could not only take a toll on your budget — it could also damage your credit score. 

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12/15/15  Smart Spending Tips
Smart presents for your friends and family: Holiday 2015 Edition

Since Alliant is all about making smart financial decisions (like paying no checking account fees!), we thought we’d bring you some of our favorite “smart” presents. What makes a gift smart?  Definitions vary, but for many of us, it’s a present that’s clever, convenient, innovative -- and still not going to break the bank. 

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12/5/15  Credit 101Smart Spending TipsUp Your Security IQ
EMV Debit Card Myths – BUSTED!

EMV cards have been in the news a bunch lately. But, what’s true and what’s false about these this new technology? We’ve worked with our partner, Visa, to help ensure you’re just getting the facts.

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12/1/15  Smart Spending Tips
Is December the best month to buy a new car?

Experts agree there are several times throughout the calendar year that offer favorable car buying conditions, including December; however, purchasing a new vehicle over the holiday season does not necessarily guarantee you’ll get an amazing deal.

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11/23/15  Grab Bag
How’s our economy REALLY doing? Three key economic indicators

There's always another story about how the economy's doing — and each one seems to contradict the other. Fortunately, you don't need a Master's in Economics to decipher what's happening. These three indicators can help you make sense of it all.

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