Articles – PenFed Blog https://blog.penfed.org Your Money Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:51:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What you need to know about EMV chip-enabled debit cards https://blog.penfed.org/know-about-emv-debit-cards/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:05:37 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7696 If you’ve gotten a new debit card recently, you might have noticed something different about it: many debit cards now feature a rectangular metallic chip placed just above the card number on the left-hand side. Congratulations. You are now an official

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Can you buy a car while you’re still in school? https://blog.penfed.org/buy-a-car-while-in-school/ Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:05:08 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7673 The college student’s traditional 10-speed bicycle isn’t always enough for getting around today’s sprawling university campuses, back and forth to off-campus jobs, and through rush-hour traffic to an apartment across town. But is it realistic to finance a car when

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How to review your credit score and correct errors https://blog.penfed.org/how-to-review-your-credit-score/ Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:05:22 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7676 Your credit score can be the key to financial success, which means it’s important to understand what it is and how to improve it. While your credit score may seem random, it’s actually pretty straight forward: it’s just a number

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Account alerts and other ways to watch your finances during summer travel https://blog.penfed.org/account-alerts-summer-travel/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:24:39 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7669 Sweating over bills or rejected credit card transactions is the kind of heat you don’t want during your summer vacation. Instead, keep your financial cool with tools and services that let you enjoy time away with no cares. Text alerts

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How to use your equity loan to pay for college https://blog.penfed.org/how-to-use-your-equity-loan-to-pay-for-college/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:48:37 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7666 No matter how old your child, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’ll pay for college: because the sooner you start planning, the easier it will be to manage when the time comes. While building savings over

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Car accessories for your next road trip https://blog.penfed.org/car-accessories-for-road-trip/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 04:15:25 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7575 If you’re taking a road trip this summer that means you’re going to be spending a lot of hours in your car. There will be times when there’s nothing interesting outside the windows, all conversation options have been worn out,

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Electronic back-to-school helpers for parents https://blog.penfed.org/electronic-back-school-helpers/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:15:36 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7571 Go beyond spiral-bound notebooks and glue sticks this year with back-to-school tools that help the whole family get into the swing of the academic year. These apps and tech gizmos make keeping up with the family schedule simpler and faster

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Summer car safety for kids and pets https://blog.penfed.org/summer-car-safety-kids-pets/ Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:05:00 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7519 When the temperature outside goes up, busy families head for the car on the way to air-conditioned or watery relief. It’s easy to feel rushed when you’re trying to get out of a hot car before you melt, but don’t

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9 facts you should know about VA mortgages https://blog.penfed.org/9-facts-about-va-mortgages/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:05:58 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7528 Purchasing a home can be a complicated process, especially for first-time buyers who are just learning the ropes. But one thing that doesn’t have to be overly complicated is a VA mortgage loan. Designed for veterans, these mortgages can be

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Cool ways to use your equity loan for summer projects https://blog.penfed.org/equity-loan-summer-projects/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:05:57 +0000 https://blog.penfed.org/?p=7427 A home equity loan is a natural way to use the value in your home to finance short-term expenses like home improvements or summer vacations—or both. Stay cool this summer by putting your equity to work for you with these

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