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Should You Turn Your Hobby into a Side Hustle?


If you are contemplating turning your favorite hobby into a side hustle, we outline five important considerations.
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No Shame in this Money Game
Introducing the No Shame in this Money Game podcast where you will learn the ins and outs of personal finance through experts who aim to educate, not intimidate.

Planning for the Unexpected

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How To Safely Support Local Businesses This Holiday Season

Staying safe this holiday season does not mean missing out on all of your traditions! We share several ways to safely support the local economy.
3.4 min read

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How To Manage Stress (Financial and Otherwise)

More than half of Americans report that money and the economy are a source of stress. If you’re among them, check out our tips for managing stress.
6.7 min read

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Celebrating the Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The holidays are likely going to look a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean canceling festivities altogether.
4.2 min read

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Three Financial Considerations for Blended Families

If you’re part of a blended family, here are the top three financial considerations to keep in mind.
2.8 min read

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How to Safely Support Local Businesses This Summer

Staying safe this summer does not mean missing out on summer activities! We share ways to safely support the local economy.
3.6 min read

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How to Adjust Your Budget in these Uncertain Times

It will likely be some time before we know what the post-pandemic world will look like - Rockland Trust shares four tips for adjusting your financial plans.
4.1 min read

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How to Prepare Financially for Divorce

Your financial priorities, goals and plan change as your relationship status does. Learn more about what to do in the event of a divorce or break up.
5.6 min read

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Protecting Your Loved Ones

You want the best for your family and to make sure they are taken care of for years to come. Learn how you can protect your loved ones.
4.2 min read

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Four Tips for Caring for Children and Aging Parents at the Same Time

Are you caring for your parents and your kids at the same time? If you answered “yes,” then you’re a member of the sandwich generation.
8 min read

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Controlling Your Finances During This Difficult Time

We are all in an unprecedented time, but there are still aspects of your finances that remain in your control.
5.1 min read

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Four Questions to Consider as you Plan to Have Kids

Whether you adopt or have a biological child, adding a new member to your family brings joy, challenges and new financial responsibilities.
5.3 min read

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This is the Year to Invest in Your Future

What are your financial goals for 2020? Learn more about why this is the year to invest in your future.
4.5 min read

Estate Planning That You Should Do Now

We don’t like to think about the end of our lives, but having an estate plan will provide your family peace of mind during their grieving period.
5.8 min read

Saving for your Future

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Financial Goal Setting: Where to Start

Here are some tips and tricks that we have learned along the way to get you started in creating your financial goals.
6.2 min read

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The Psychology of Money: Three Reasons Why Talking About Money Early and Often is Key

Learn how to build a healthy emotional relationship with finances for children.
4.6 min read

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Filing Taxes this Year

Do you have your W2s, 1099s and other tax forms ready to go? April 15th will be here before we know it.
2.6 min read

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Get Financially Fit This Year

Working on your money this year? Host of our No Shame in This Money Game podcast Julie Beckham chatted with Shannon McLay of The Financial Gym about financial health.
2.8 min read

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Stimulus Check: What you need to know

Here is what you need to know about the first round of stimulus checks that started hitting accounts on April 15, 2020.
2.1 min read

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How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

From developing a budget to researching vendor options, the right financial plan can help you prepare for your wedding.
4.1 min read

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How to Host an Insta-worthy Holiday on a Budget

Hosting Thanksgiving can be pricey. We’re sharing our best tips for hosting a memorable holiday without breaking the bank.
4.4 min read

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Biggest Financial Decisions to Make Before Your Kids Go to College

Are you are parent worried about saving for college? Rockland Trust has a team of financial advisers who can help.
3 min read

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5 Tips for Holiday Travel With No (Financial) Stress

The holidays are stressful enough. Worry about one less thing this season with our money-saving travel tips.
6.6 min read

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Finding the Right Type of Savings Account

Your Guide to CDs, Money Markets, and More to Crush Your Savings Goals.
4.6 min read

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Fund Your 401(k) on a Cup of Coffee a Day

Americans ages 35-44 spend on avg. $1,410/year on coffee. If you put that money into a 401K, it could turn into more than $100K.
5.5 min read

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CD Ladder Calculator

Use this calculator to examine the benefits of investing in a series of Certificates of Deposits with different maturities, also called a CD Ladder.

Paying off Debt

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Debt Payoff Calculator

Use this calculator to find out how much you owe. This can be used as a good starting point for your debt management plan.

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Will Student Loans Affect My Plans to Buy a Home?

Will student loans affect your plans to buy a home? The answer depends on a number of factors.
5.9 min read

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Spring Cleaning Your Finances

Here are a few tips for you to stay on track for financial success all the year through.
4.5 min read

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Prioritize Your Spending in 5 Easy Steps

Not sure how your current finances impact your future goals? Five easy steps to prioritize your spending.
2.5 min read

Buying a Home

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Should You Rent or Buy? 5 Considerations

If you’re stuck between renting or buying a home, these five considerations may help you decide.
1 min read

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Is Now the Time to Buy Your First Home?

Considering buying your first home? Rockland Trust has helped thousands of first-time home buyers.
1.4 min video

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home in New England?

Check out advice from our SVP and Director of Residential Lending, Bob Driscoll.
4.6 min read

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Questions Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Ask

Be confident you’re asking the right professional the right questions during the homebuying process.
7.2 min read

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There's No Place Like Home

Learn how Matthew Mullen, Branch Manager at Rockland Trust, became a first-time home owner.
4.9 min read

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First Time Home Buying Can Be as Easy as 123

Buying your first home does not have to be rocket science. Follow three manageable steps to start the process of buying your first home.
4.6 min read

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Mortgage Loan Calculator

Use this mortgage calculator to determine your monthly payment and generate an estimated amortization schedule.

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Home Budget Calculator

By entering your income and monthly expenditures, you can see how much you have left to save and where your money is being spent.

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Mortgage Qualifier Calculator

The mortgage qualifier calculator steps you through the process of finding out how much you can borrow.

Improving & Maintaining Your Home

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10 Tips to Green Your Home & Save Money

Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, chances are you care about protecting the environment – and saving money. Here are some tips from Rockland Trust to help you do both.
4.2  min read

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6 Ways to Finance Home Repairs

Fall is a great time to take stock of any necessary home repairs and prepare for winter days ahead by making improvements focused on energy efficiency. Fortunately, you have several financing options.
3.6 min read

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Questions to Ask Before Refinancing

For many homeowners, refinancing can be a smart move. However, before you decide to refinance your mortgage, ask yourself the following questions.
2.8 min read

Using Your Home's Equity

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Is Now the Right Time to Refinance?

There are a number of factors that go into the decision to refinance. Here are a few things you may want to consider.
4.9  min read

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5 Ways to Slash Heating Costs

To help you ease the financial burden of high heating costs, we've come up with the following list of money savings tips.
4.2 min read

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Using Home Equity to Improve Your Home

You’ve got a vision in mind for your home and we have the financing options you need. How you can use equity to fund home improvements.
7.6 min read

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Home Equity Line of Credit Calculator

Use this calculator to determine the home equity line of credit amount you may qualify to receive.

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Loan & Credit Line Payment Calculator

This calculator helps determine your loan or line payment. Compare loan options and choose the loan that is right for you.

Planning for Retirement

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What May Surprise You About Retirement

We asked more than 150 customers what surprised them about retirement and found five common themes in their answers.
4.7 min read

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Washington May Soon Help You Save More for Retirement

Learn about a few of the changes that are included in the many proposed provisions that are outlined in the bill that could impact your savings.
5.3 min read

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Need to Catch up on Your Retirement Savings? You're Not Alone!

Do you have less saved for retirement than you thought you would? Even if you’re close to retirement age, you can still catch up!
3.8 min read

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Why You Should Still be Saving for Retirement, even if it's Decades Away

An investment professional at Rockland Trust can help you sort through your retirement saving options and come up with a plan that suits you.
3.6 min read

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Is Now the Time to Downsize?

Your home is an investment, but your lifestyle and needs may change. Downsizing can be a great option. Five questions to guide your decision.
5.4 min read

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Five Things to Know When Planning Your Financial Strategy After 65

Enjoying financial security after 65 is feasible, but it requires careful thought and planning.
5.5 min read

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Living the Dream - Managing Finances After Retirement

Retirement comes with a lot of freedom, including more free time to spend your money. We have three main tips to help you prepare for the enjoyable retirement you deserve.
6.3 min read

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Understanding Your Social Security Benefits

Vice President & Financial Planning Officer, Theresa Becker, CFP®, helps you understand your social security benefits.
6.8 min read

Building Your Wealth

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Ten Common Investing Terms or Phrases and What They Mean

If you are new to investing, we compiled a glossary of ten common investing industry terms or phrases and what they mean to help you get started.
7.8 min read

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This is the Year to Invest in Your Future

What are your financial goals for 2020? Learn more about why this is the year to invest in your future.
4.5 min read

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Dear Female Investor, You Already Know More Than You Think

Women face unique life circumstances that can complicate saving for retirement. Rockland Trust experts can help.
3.2 min read

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Financial & Tax Implications of Charitable Giving

To be sure you’re maximizing the tax-reduction value of any planned charitable giving, here are some guidelines to review.
4.2 min read

Protecting your Legacy

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5 Tips to Creating an Effective Estate Plan

This article includes five tips on how to create an effective estate plan.
9.1 min read

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Protecting Your Loved Ones

You want the best for your family and to make sure they are taken care of for years to come. Learn how you can protect your loved ones.
4.2 min read

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9 Triggers that Might Mean It's Time to Update your Will

Here are nine times when it’s a good idea to review, and possibly update, your will.
3.9 min read

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Your Guide to Navigating the Massachusetts State Estate Tax Law

Massachusetts is one of the few states that collects a state estate tax. Understanding and keeping up with the latest laws can be tricky.
2.8 min read

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Estate Planning That You Should Do Now

We don’t like to think about the end of our lives, but having an estate plan will provide your family peace of mind during their grieving period.
5.8 min read

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Picking Up the Financial Pieces After Losing a Partner

If you’ve lost a partner, the last thing you need to worry about is your financial future. We’re here to help pick up the financial pieces so you can grieve in peace.
3.7 min read

Getting Started

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Should You Turn Your Hobby into a Side Hustle?

If you are contemplating turning your favorite hobby into a side hustle, we outline five important considerations.
6 min read

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Teaching Kids to Save Money

One of the most important lessons you can teach your children is how to save money. Here are some simple ways you can teach your kids to make saving a part of their daily lives.
4.1 min read

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How to Choose the Right Credit Card

Do your credit card rewards match your lifestyle? Ask yourself these three questions to determine the right card for you.
6.9 min read

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How to Talk to Your Partner About Money

When did you and your partner have the talk? The money talk, that is. Financial communication is one of the most important aspects of any relationship.
4.1 min read

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Benefits of Joint and Separate Bank Accounts for Couples

A big question couples face is when, and how, to combine finances. We offer some considerations before making that big financial decision.
4.9 min read

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

Counting pennies can be fun! Teach your child about saving money and clean out the change from under the couch cushions at the same time.
9.3 min read

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Finding the Right Type of Savings Account

Your Guide to CDs, Money Markets, and More to Crush Your Savings Goals.
4.7 min read

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How Much Does It Cost To Move?

Whether you’re calling in the movers or calling in a favor, learn more about which expenses may factor into the cost of your next move.
4.2 min read

Money Management

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Spot the Scam: Homeowner Scams with Julie Beckham

First of three videos that highlight how you can spot if something is a scam and how to protect yourself.

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What Couples Need to Know about Love and Money

If you are in a romantic relationship with another person, money and finances are something you have probably discussed at one time or another with your partner.
2.8 min read

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Holiday Banking Tips for 2020

Unfortunately, the increased number of transactions around the holidays makes everyone more susceptible to fraud. Help keep your accounts safe with these 12 tips.
5.6 min read

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The Psychology of Money: Why Money Elicits Emotion

Negative emotions elicited by money may be traced to a lack of communication. Learn more about the psychology of money.
4.9 min read

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Student Loan Calculator

Use this calculator to apply two simple principles to paying off high-interest student loan debt, 1) Consolidate your existing student loans. 2) Use your extra cash every month to pay off your higher interest debt sooner.

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Five Banking Shortcuts That Save You Valuable Time

Your time is valuable. These five shortcuts put the power of money management at your fingertips.
3.6 min read

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What To Do On Martha's Vineyard

Thinking about a trip to Martha’s Vineyard? Our Travel Guide can help you experience the island like a local.
8.1 min read

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Tax Law Changes - How Do They Affect Me?

The tax deadline has passed, do you know how you were impacted by the new enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?
7.5 min read

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Smart (and Fun) Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

Do you have plans for your tax refund this year? Here are seven suggestions for smart (and fun) ways to use that money.
3.7 min read

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Does Spending Money on Experiences Really Make You Happy?

Life is made up of experiences, but how do you decide if paying for those experiences fits your financial strategy?
4.1 min read

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Prioritize Your Spending in 5 Easy Steps

Not sure how your current finances impact your future goals? Five easy steps to prioritize your spending.
2.5 min read

Are Millennials Managing Finances Differently?

Rockland Trust has a window into how behavior differs based on age. Let’s bust some myths about how your generation handles its money.
4.3 min read

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Five Tips to Repair (or Maintain) Your Credit Score

Do you know what factors impact your credit score? Check out these five tips on how you can improve or maintain your credit score.
7.2 min read

Milestones

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How to Afford Your Best Friend's Wedding

Wedding season can take a toll on your bank account. Learn how to prepare financially.
6.3 min read

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What I wish I Knew About My Finances in my 30's

Save, plan for financial emergencies, live within your means and other helpful tips to navigate your 30s.
5.5 min read

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Getting Married: Strategies for Merging Your Finances

Here are some suggestions to make the transition from single to married finances as smooth as possible.
3.5 min read

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What I Wish I Knew About My Finances in my 40's

With retirement getting closer every day, your 40s are the opportune time to get your finances in order.
5.8 min read

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5 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing to Buy a Home

Moving can be exciting and frightening at the same time. We suggest considering the following questions when choosing your to buy a new house.
4.3 min read

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Prepare Your Finances for the Arrival of Baby

As you anticipate the arrival of your baby, remember to include your finances in the preparations.
1.5 min read

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Considerations for Returning to Work After Parental Leave

As your family grows, so do your personal and financial responsibilities. What you should know when deciding whether to return to work after parental leave.
7.1 min read

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College By the Numbers: Facing the Financial Facts

There are several conversations that you are going to want to have with your children before they leave for college.
3.6 min read