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What’s the Difference Between Running my Debit Card as Credit or Debit?

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When you go to run your CES Credit Union VISA® debit card at the checkout, you will often have the choice to run that transaction as “debit” or as “credit” leading you to ask the question, “What’s the difference?”

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The RAIN Method for Buying a Car

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The new year is right around the corner, which means this is the perfect time to be shopping for that “new year, new car” upgrade you have been waiting for. Whether you're looking for a brand new car or a reliable used ride, you want to get the most for your money. The process can be made easier by following the RAIN method: Research, Ask, Investigate, and Negotiate.

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10 Tips for Back-to-School Shopping

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This month’s blog comes from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office who discuss vital back-to-school shopping mistakes that could cost you big time.

With the new school year just around the corner, we’re providing tips for the fall shopping season, including knowing when rain checks may apply, when “free” offers may cost you, and ways to avoid scams.

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Financial Literacy Quiz

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How financially literate are you? Do you have the skills and knowledge to spend money wisely, save for emergencies, use credit cards sensibly, and protect your identity from being stolen?

This short quiz will help you test your financial literacy to see where you need to focus to improve your financial future.

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A Royal Price tag for a Royal Wedding: How does the Meghan/Harry wedding compare to the average commoners special day?

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It should come to no surprise that the royal wedding of Meghan Markel and Prince Harry will be a little bit on the pricy side. With the wedding season beginning in the U.S. as well, many brides are planning to look towards May 19th as inspiration for their own upcoming nuptials, but can the average bride fit the bill?

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Buying Vs. Renting

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Are you looking for a new place to live? Maybe you’re family is growing and you need more space, or maybe you are graduating this spring and are ready to start life on your own. Either way, you probably have questions about whether to rent or buy. One is not necessarily better that the other. It is more of a situational factor, depending on what is important to you. The list below goes through some of the pros and cons of both renting and buying to help you make the right choice for you.

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The Best Ways to Use a Few Hundred Dollars

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Sometimes it can feel like you need thousands of dollars to move the needle on your finances even a little bit.

So if you find yourself with a few hundred dollars--say from a tax refund or an unexpected windfall--the temptation to spend it can be great. After all, how much difference can $500 make? But used wisely, even a few hundred dollars can put you on the road to a more financially secure future.

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Freeze Food Spending

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Are you looking for ways to save on meals? From grocery shopping strategies, restaurant tips, and food preservation; we have compiled lots of ways to keep you on budget and help you waste less!

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How to Give Wisely This Holiday Season

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If you're going to give, it makes sense to do it intelligently and for the right reasons. Here are four steps to making sure your hard-earned money goes to a cause that reflects your values and will have the most impact.

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How to Successfully Shop on Black Friday

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Black Friday is fast, furious, and sometimes dangerous. It’s dangerous because Black Friday is a day when stores give away great deals on certain things, but also try to trap you into buying full-priced items.

To buy what you want and still keep a few dollars in your pocket, here are two things you should do:

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