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How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

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Master Your Money Moves with Your Mobile Banking App

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10 Reasons to Buy and Bank Locally

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How Tech Can Help You Manage Your Money Better

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What is Corporate Responsibility? Is Your Bank Committed to It?

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Programs to Help First-Time and Other Qualified Homebuyers

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Auto Loan, Preapproval or Refinance: Getting Started

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What’s Your Money Mindset?

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Celebrating Black History Month

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Home Equity Line Of Credit: How to Apply Online And Using Our Mobile App

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Online Banking In Depth

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Make a Credit Card Work For You — Not Against You

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Giving More Back to Our Community in 2020

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Budgeting for Beginners (Download Worksheet!)

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How Does Interest Work?

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The High Risks of Money Mule Scams

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A Beginner’s Guide: How to Invest $50K to $100K

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2020’s Most Memorable Random Acts of Kindness

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10 Ideas for Improving Your Finances in 10 Minutes

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Don’t Fall for Fraud! Advance Fee Scams Explained

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Celebrating Our InvestED Learners

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Is Familiarity Bias Holding You Back?

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Where Should Your Next Dollar Go?

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Sustainable Investing: What the Buzz is About

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There’s No Need to Go Down With the Ship

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How to Choose the Best Medicare Plan in Arizona

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Smart Borrowing: Home Equity Loan vs. HELOC vs. Refi

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8 Types of Credit Card Fraud to Avoid

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Are Credit Unions Tech Savvy? The Truth is Revealed!

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10 Ways to Save Money This Holiday Season

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Learn How to Protect Your Money and Prevent Debit Card Fraud

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Is It Better to Have Medicare Advantage or Medigap?

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Can You Make a Will Without a Lawyer?

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How to Join Desert Financial Credit Union (DFCU)

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Be Prepared! 5 Scams Targeting Teens and Young Adults

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How Do Credit Unions Work?

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Our Top 8 Debit Do’s and Don’ts

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Will vs. Trust: What Should I Choose?

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Medicare Plans: An Overview of the A, B, C and D’s of Medicare

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Are You Doing Online Banking Right?

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Credit Unions vs. Banks: Separating Fact from Fiction

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5 Epic Reasons to Choose Debit

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Avoid Debt with One Card in Your Wallet: Your Debit Card

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6 Tips for Managing Financial Stress

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Financial Goals: Strategies for Staying Accountable

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4 Exercises for a Finances Journal

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Easy Financial Resolutions You Can Do Any Time of Year

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Quiz: Are You Ready to Purchase Your First Home?

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Quiz: Which Credit Card is Right for You?

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4 Ways to Protect Your Identity Online

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Beware of These 4 Scary Scams

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Parenting on Finances: 5 Money Lessons for Kids

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The Financial Check-Up Checklist

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4 Fast Workouts for Your Financial Fitness Regimen

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4 Personal Finance Gurus to Follow

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5 Steps to Starting a Small Business in Arizona

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How to Remodel Your Bathroom Into a Spa Oasis

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Frauds Throughout History: Caught and Exposed

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Understanding Your Car’s Total Costs

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Getting Married on a Budget

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How to Choose a Contractor for Your Remodel

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Don’t Be Fooled by Overpayment Scams

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5 Easy Tips to Save More Money

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How to Pay for College in Arizona

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Should I Refi or Buy a New Ride?

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5 Steps to Bounce Back From Fraud

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Remodeling and Renovations: 10 Tips for Homeowners

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What is Home Equity?

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Think You Can’t Buy a Home? You Could Be Totally Wrong

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How to Move from Renting to Buying a Home

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Quiz: What’s the Best Deal: A New Car or a Used Car?

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When is the Best Time to Refinance Your Car?

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Five Reasons to Refi Your Auto Loan

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Why Refi Your Car With Desert Financial?

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3 AZ Road Trips Worth the Drive

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Simple Ways to Raise Your Rewards

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6 Steps to Getting a Will

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3 Simple Rules to Stop Scammers

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Tax Refund Uses

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4 Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

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3 Steps to Being Debt-Free

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5 Golden Rules to Buying a New Car

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Building Your Business Budget

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The Benefits of Refinancing to a 15 Year Mortgage

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The Phoenix Homeowner's Guide to Pools, Plants and Outdoor Living

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5 Clever Ways to Help Pay for Your New Home

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How to Rebuild Credit After a Foreclosure

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What to Expect When Remodeling Your Home

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Handling the Unexpected

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Loans and Down Payments

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Community Service in Action: Duet Partners in Health & Aging

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Prequalification — Arizona Style

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A Source of Help

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Phoenix Children's Hospital Fundraiser

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