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May 11, 2023
Most college students, such as myself, long for the opportunity to see the world. Fantasizing about traveling to different continents and learning about other cultures. Sadly, we tend to push those thoughts aside, leaving them to become nothing but a dream, a fantasy that may seem possible in...
May 5, 2023
What does it mean to be a BFC (Bobcat Financial Coach)? In this short guide, we'll show you the qualities and characteristics of a BFC. Stay tuned for our job posting opening up next week!
February 10, 2023
Thinking about future finances may be intimidating for most people, but there is a reason why experts recommend starting at a young age. Finances may include many parts such as budgeting, credit, taking out loans, and the most popular, investing.
January 27, 2023
Living paycheck to paycheck is a common struggle for many people. It can be difficult to make ends meet and save for the future when you're constantly worried about how you're going to pay your bills. But what if there was a way to break the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle?
December 24, 2022
It happens every year. We all know and love it. Once we get through the season, it appears right back up again. Yes, the holiday season. The smell of cookie dough, Christmas trees, candy canes, and our wallets burning surround us. Yet, that doesn't have to be the case. Believe it or not, there...
November 28, 2022
So what exactly is an emergency fund? An emergency fund is a fund where you allocate money to cover any unexpected emergencies without having to rely on credit cards or loans. It is a resource for avoiding debt and it can reduce financial stress knowing that you are covered in an emergency.
November 9, 2022
Good news: anyone can afford a sustainable wardrobe! Updating your wardrobe with long-lasting pieces helps understand your style more, manage a budget, create sustainable practices, and lastly it helps our planet. Before creating a sustainable wardrobe, we must understand and review our pieces...
October 31, 2022
In honor of the Stranger Things theme for this year’s Financial Wellness Month, I thought it would be fun to take the 9 money personalities Dr. Kathleen Gurney identified after over 30 years of research and examine what characters from the show relate to them. The real question is- which...
August 18, 2022
Deciding where you will store and manage your money is a decision that should not be taken lightly. We are here to help you navigate this decision.
August 11, 2022
Fall semester is right around the corner! The start of a new school year and a new semester can be seen as a fresh new start. With a new start comes new opportunities to take control of your finances.



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