COVID-19 and Retirement

In 2020 so far, the things we used to do in crowded company are on hold. Concerts. School. Office work. This year if it involves people in proximity to each other and occurs indoors, it has quite likely been paused indefinitely. But just as remote work for most marches on, the golden horizon of retirement […]

4 Tips to Shop Safely

Shopping safely. It is something to look for now, both online and in person, as just about every encounter where consumers and their finances meet the real world these days carries a risk. Considering this, more than a few retailers have begun encouraging self-checkout and minimizing cash payments. There is no known risk of COVID-19 […]

The Top 5 Tips for Buying a Home Right Now

The Age of Coronavirus has changed everything, and new details seem to emerge every day that alter how the housing market will come to operate again, once the pandemic passes. Right now, existing home sales have hit their lowest level in a decade as much of the country has stayed home during the pandemic.  But […]

Financial Best Practices – Back to Basics

Since 1935 DECU has been serving John Deere employees and their families, and in that time we’ve built up quite a set of tools to help reach our 42,000 members in 50 states and 56 countries. Offering everything from savings accounts to mortgage loans to retirement & investment planning, DECU has Best-In-Market rates and a […]

This Christmas, Save Instead of Spend!

With snow falling earlier this year than I can ever remember, the feel of the season has given me a jump-start to my holiday shopping.  While Christmas gift exchanges can be rather expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money.  I’d like to share with you a few tips on how you can enjoy […]

10 Tips To Win On Black Friday-Cyber Monday

Thanksgiving comes again this week, and with it Black Friday, the start of the holiday shopping season! Is it us or do deals seem to start earlier and run longer with every following year? Last year, retailers earned $7.9 billion on Black Friday, a rise of 18 percent from 2017. Seventy-seven million shoppers got up […]

5 Important Money Management Lessons for Single Parents

As a single parent, you’re probably familiar with the dual challenges of managing a household and planning for the future on your own. But are you as familiar with the financial strategies that can stretch your income and help you get ahead? Consider the following lessons to help improve your family’s bottom line. Lesson #1: […]

7 Things to Consider When Buying a Boat

For those lucky enough to live by a body of water – or be willing to travel to one – owning a boat is the ticket to a dreamy summer of sun, swimming, and thrills. Whether you’re a seasonal boater or you want to make boating a year-round lifestyle, there are a number of factors […]

5 Questions to Answer When Undertaking a Home Renovation

Whether you’ve purchased a home with the idea of renovating it or you’ve been in your home for years and it’s finally time to update – a home renovation is a journey. That journey may begin with smaller home improvement projects that eventually results in a multi-room home remodel or a total overhaul. Each person’s home renovation will be unique with different expenses and surprises along the way.

What to Expect in a Home Inspection: Checklist and Tips

Every wise homebuyer knows that a home inspection is a must-have before closing a deal on a home. If you choose to do an inspection yourself or hire a professional home inspector, be certain to be educated to get the most out of the inspection. A thorough home inspection will provide quality information and will […]