• Household Budgets and Financial Planning
  • 5 Steps to Help You Turn Tax Time into Budget Time

    Tax season can be a perfect time to look at how much money is coming in and use that information to build a better budget. This five-step pr...

    5 Helpful Tips for First Time Home Buyers

    Buying your first home can be an exciting time. However be sure you have a financial plan in place as you get started. It can go a long way ...

    Your Credit Score and Your Mortgage

    Intuitively, we all understand that the better your credit, the better ability you have to get loans for the things you want - like that new...

    Household Budgets and Financial Planning

    A household budget is a spending plan that helps you determine where your money should go each month. It doesn't have to be complicated, but it is the foundation to other financial goals.

    When To Not Use Your Debit Card

    Most times we don't give a second thought to using a debit card for our purchases, but we should.  Hackers are lurking at three very common ...

    How To Make A Budget

    Budgeting is like a roadmap of your spending and saving. Creating a budget may seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little bi...

    The Basics of Your Emergency Fund

    Every financial expert will tell you that no matter your age or your income, you need some level of emergency fund. Learn how to get started, and you'll see just how quickly you can benefit.

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  • Manage your money, so it doesn’t manage you.
    Life is full of surprises. But when it comes to your money, there are a lot of things you can plan for that will help you avoid problems down the road. Whether you’re trying to decide about buying or leasing a car, or you’re trying to help your children learn how to save, the decisions you make now could have a lasting impact. So it just makes sense to educate yourself on the pros and cons so that you can make a better decision up front. That’s the goal of our money management section.
    Everything we do at Protective is designed to help you protect your financial tomorrow so that you can enjoy today and rest easy knowing that you have a plan should something unexpected happen. From selling life insurance and annuities to providing basic money management information, we want to tear down the barriers that keep you from protecting your future and the future of those you love.
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