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The Real Cost of Owning a Car

The real costs of owning a car

When people are considering purchasing a motor vehicle, they often focus on the sticker price. Even though nobody likes to go over budget and pay more than they have to for a vehicle, it is important to consider the actual cost of owning a car. In some cases, people might be able to afford the car’s sticker price but not be able to afford the additional costs that come with it. With this in mind, how can people figure out the actual cost of owning a car? What are some of the factors to consider? We Florida Financial has done some of the research for you.

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How to Temper FOMO and Stay on Budget Year-Round

How to temper FOMO

As evidenced by warnings to avoid keeping up with the Joneses, the fear of missing out, or FOMO as it is known today, has long posed a threat to finances. With the advent of social media, however, FOMO has become more prevalent – and people are financially overextending themselves more than ever before as a result. You can protect yourself and your finances from this phenomenon by becoming aware of the problem and taking smart steps to halt the urge to indulge in this fear.

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Lori

Can you really afford a pet?

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About 5 years ago, my husband and I decided to adopt a tiny, 3-pound puppy we called, Sofia. We rescued her from a dirty, dingy puppy mill. She was actually covered in newspaper ink when we found her.

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Sandra

5 Easy Ways to Save in the New Year Without Breaking a Sweat

5 ways to save money in the new year

A Chinese philosopher once said that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Try these tips. You will soon be on the road to financial fulfilment.

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Lori

What is life insurance and is it right for you?

What is life insurance and is it right for you?

No one is ever certain about how life will turn out. This is why we often secure our assets and protect our family with insurance: car insurance in case we get into an accident and total the vehicles, home insurance for an unexpected natural disaster, and even pet insurance to secure our beloved furry members of our family.

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Lori

Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards: Which is better?

Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards: Which is better?

They are both small plastic cards that you can use to buy stuff and you probably have one of each in your wallet or purse. But did you know they each have distinct differences? Debit cards and credit cards can both be great tools to use when purchasing goods and services. Is one better to use than the other? First, let’s find out how each works.

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Two Minutes and a Phone Call Can Turn Into Identity Theft

Don't fall for a vishing scam.

There are so many things you can do in under two minutes - brush and floss your teeth, make a delicious cheese quesadilla, walk 200 steps, or become a victim of identity theft! These days, identity theft doesn't just come from cyber criminals hacking multimillion-dollar organizations to steal data, it's also criminals gathering data from a simple two-minute phone conversation that could put you at risk for identity theft.

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3 Reasons Why Credit Unions Offer Better Interest Rates on RV Loans in Florida

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If you've been dreaming about owning a recreational vehicle (RV) but you've been having difficulty finding a lender that offers reasonable interest rates, have you considered signing up for membership with a credit union? In Florida, one of the most trusted credit unions is We Florida Financial; so if you want better interest rates on RV loans in Florida, you shouldn't pass up the chance of becoming a member of this premier credit union.

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Consolidated Credit

Understanding the Effects of Missed Payments

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Two surveys came out recently that investigate how likely credit card users are to miss a payment. The first survey from Nerd Wallet polled 2,000 people to find out how many had made a delinquent payment. The second survey from CreditCards.com polled 1,000 adults to ask the same type of question.

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Tom

Getting Serious About Retiring

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As I approach retirement I am looking at my finances and wondering when I should actually retire and will I have enough money to live on. Will I be financially comfortable in retirement? I believe when planning for retirement you should have two goals in mind.

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Top Reasons To Refinance Your Recreational Vehicle Loan

Camper Van Summer Trip. Scenic Landscape and the Recreational Vehicle.

If someone gave you $100 with no strings attached, you would it take it, wouldn’t you? Yet every year, thousands of boat and RV owners miss the chance to take home hundreds of dollars by choosing to refinance their loans at lower rates. There are plenty of reasons to refinance your recreational vehicle loan, but here are some of the best:

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Sandra

It’s the holiday season – tips to save your money and your mind.

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It’s the season for joy and happiness. It’s also the time to shop, shop, shop. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spend an average of $940 every year on seasonal expenses. It’s a large amount to spend in a few weeks. More significantly however, the spending is accompanied by frenzy and stress. In fact, the American Psychology Association ranks the pressure of gift giving as one of life’s top four stressors.

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Sandra

How to make an extra $1,000

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Could you use an extra $1,000? Who couldn’t? No need to whip out your resume or ask your rich uncle for a loan. Here are five ways in which most of us can earn some cash honestly and easily.

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Tom

The Qs and As about Credit Scores

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What credit score should you really be striving for?

Most people have heard the old adage that the higher your credit score the better. We all know that a good credit score means lower rates when you want to obtain a loan on a car, mortgage and other large ticket item. The truth is that financial institutions use ranges to determine interest rates on a loan.

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How much of your income should you save?

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Your ideal savings rate depends on your goals and when you want to reach them. Are you saving for retirement? A vacation? Creating an emergency fund? There are also a variety of circumstances that can affect how much you should save. We’re going to breakdown the savings timelines and factors that go into figuring out how much to save and when.

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What are CDs and IRAs?

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Are you thinking about investing but aren’t sure where to begin? CDs and IRAs are a good, low risk place to start. In this blog, we will explain just what these are and when it would be a good time to invest.

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Jennifer

Act Quickly if you Miss the April Tax Filing Deadline

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Although it might be hard to believe, the consequences of missing the April income tax filing deadline can be even more frustrating than completing the return in the first place.

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Sandra

5 Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

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Refinancing. You hear the term in the media almost every day especially in this low rate environment. Refinancing means paying off your existing mortgage with a new one. Should you do it? Consider these five reasons why refinancing may be right for you.

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Sandra

5 Ways to Spend Less on Food

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When it comes to our finances, most people underestimate just how much they spend on food.  And while we can get rid of other expenses, food is the one line item that we cannot eliminate. We can however, spend a lot less with a bit of thought and planning.

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How to Choose the Right Loan – the Ins and Outs

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If you are looking for a mortgage, a home equity loan, an auto loan, or a personal loan, you want to feel like you are getting the best loan available. Keep these items in mind while you are shopping for a loan:

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