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Meet Nelvin Coleman!

If you’re looking for that something special, search no further than Nelvin’s Creations — now right on Main Street in Franklin, Louisiana. If you do stop by, don’t forget to say hello to the smiling face and creative energy behind this charming and unique shop. Meet Nelvin Coleman. As a valued customer since 2005, when…
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Debt Consolidation - The Power of One

Imagine your financial debt picture with: 1 fixed payment 1 payment a month 1 single lender With a Debt Consolidation Loan, the idea of combining your outstanding bills into one fixed monthly payment is easier than you may think. This could be credit card bills, car loans, medical bills, utility bills, and more. A Debt…
What Documents Do I Need to Get a Loan with 1st Franklin Financial.

What Documents Do I Need to Get a Loan with 1st Franklin Financial?

At 1st Franklin Financial, we love helping customers get funds fast. As a part of the application process, you’ll need to provide us with a few documents to secure your loan. We pride ourselves on making this process quick and easy for our customers, so we put together the following checklist to help you get…
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Top 5 Tips for Planning a Staycation

We can all use a break from reality from time to time, and a vacation is one of the best ways to escape. But, let’s face it, vacationing can be expensive. The good news is you don’t even need to leave town – you can plan a staycation! Sometimes a break from our usual routine…
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When to Start Teaching Your Kids About Finances

There’s no shortage of lessons a parent can teach a child. From sharing, riding a bike, cooking, and driving, parents are constantly teaching their children through instruction and example. One lesson that often slips through the cracks is how to be smart with money. In fact, a recent study by the National Endowment for Financial…

Good Debt vs. Bad Debt

What is “Good Debt” vs. “Bad Debt” and what makes them different? Millions of Americans each day use debt, which can be defined as money borrowed from one party to another, to pay for a wide range of products and services. Whether you have a car loan, a home mortgage, or a credit card –…

8 Questions You Should Ask Before Taking Out a Personal Loan

Through the course of life, there are times you may need additional money beyond your expected monthly take-home pay.  The reality is – life costs money. Even the best planners can find themselves in a position where they need extra funds. Whether you’re trying to cover an unexpected expense, planning to consolidate debt, or preparing…

Budget for Success

Attaining and maintaining financial strength and stability begins with a complete understanding of your income and expenses. The easiest way to achieve that is by creating a budget. A budget will help you increase your cash flow, reduce or eliminate your debt, create/maintain a savings plan and set a timeframe for achieving your financial goals.…

Minimize Your Risk of Identity Theft

Identity theft is a growing crime which leaves behind long-lasting financial and emotional scars. While you can’t guarantee that you’ll never become a victim of identity theft, you can minimize your risk with a few simple steps. Protect your Social Security number (ssn). Only give out your social security number when necessary and never keep your…

Installment Loans For Bad Credit – A Way To Rebuild Credit?

Life throws us curveballs all the time. At one point, bad luck, poor choices or unfortunate circumstances may have landed your credit score on the lower end of the scale. While there are several credit scoring systems, the most popular is the FICO score which is used by the big three credit reporting agencies (Equifax,…

Planning For Smart Holiday Spending

The countdown to the holidays is officially on! And while it’s the season of love and giving, it’s important to remember that holiday debt is the gift that keeps on taking – potentially all year long if you’re not careful. Don’t let holiday spending take on a life of its own this year. With a…

Saving Money on School Supplies

The end of Summer means the end of carefree days for your kids and that dreaded dent in your wallet as you buy this year’s school supplies. Most school systems have experienced budget cuts over the last few years and parents are being asked to provide even more as part of their child’s school supply…

The Power of Price Match Guarantees

Convenience has become a big factor in how people make their purchase decisions, but often that means paying a premium on some items in return for one-stop shopping. Unfortunately, saving money usually requires you to travel from store to store, trying to take advantage of their extra-special offers that are meant to get you in…
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