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How to Financially Prepare to Go After Your Dream Job

Are you financially prepared to go after your dream job? Here are the bases you should cover.

Talk Before You Tie the Knot: 7 Crucial Conversations for Engaged Couples

Seven money matters you should get squared away before saying, “I do.”

Dream Travel Destinations & How to Afford Them

Make your Dream Vacation a reality. Shave dollars from your travel budget with tips from Fifth Third Bank.

Changing Careers? How to Negotiate for Income and Benefits

If you’re preparing to move on to a new company or career, it’s time to rethink what you’re looking for in a job offer. Follow these tips to negotiate your benefits like a pro!

7 Unexpected Hidden Costs of Renovating Your Home

Consider these expenses before you start swinging the sledgehammer.

By: Libby MacCarthy
Buying Experiences vs. Things – How to Determine What’s Really Worth Your Money

Are investing in experiences the key to happiness? Nowadays, many people would rather spend their hard-won income on a trip abroad than on the perfect matching dining room set. But what cultural shifts are behind this development?

Are You Ready? A Financial Checklist for the New Year

Fifth Third Bank offers insight on making the most of your investments. Get the new year started right by completing this financial checklist.

Welcome to the World, Baby. Here’s $1,000 From the Bank.

We gave babies born on May 3rd $1,053 to start saving for college. See why.

By: Kristin Broughton
The Impact of Fifth Third Day

Celebrated annually on May 3, this special day has become an opportunity for the bank to recognize our employees, celebrate our customers and above all, to serve our communities. Of course, this is what we do. We do it every day, but we do it bigger and better on Fifth Third Day.

Chicago's Navy Pier 100th Birthday Celebration Continues

Navy Pier is celebrating 100 great years as one of Chicago's most iconic landmarks. Join Fifth Third Bank for upcoming Navy Pier Centennial events.

Managing Account Alerts: Are You Signed Up?

Peace of mind, convenience, & better management of accounts are the top reasons consumers use online banking alerts. Read about Fifth Third Bank's mobile account alerts.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Finances

In today's digital age, even the most careful consumers can fall prey to fraud. Learn how Fifth Third can protect you--and what you can do to protect yourself.

The Couples Guide to Improving Your Finances

Six smart tips for managing your money as a duo.

By: Jamie Buerger
How to Make Charitable Donations Work for You This Holiday Season

If the holiday season has inspired you to make contributions to those charities and causes near and dear to your heart? Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your contributions.

Hidden Wedding Venue Costs You Need to Know

Before you get your heart set on a reception location, make sure you know about all the unexpected venue extras.

By: Aja Frost
3 Reasons You Need To Talk About Finances BEFORE Baby Arrives

Three reasons you must have the money-talk before baby arrives.

By: Daddy Nickell
The 5 Biggest Money Mistakes Newlyweds Make

Avoid these common money mishaps to start your life together on the right financial foot.

By: Kelsey Paine
Four Financial Steps Every New Parent Needs To Take

Having a baby creates a whole new set of financial responsibilities and it can be confusing to know where to start. Here are four steps that will put you on the right track.

By: Matt Becker
How to Find a Financial Fitness Buddy

Fifth Third Bank offers insight on developing healthy money habits. Achieve your financial goals with the help of a financial fitness buddy.

The Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile® : Bringing Financial Education to the Community

We're taking quality financial services directly to the communities who need it most.

Saving for Your Kids' College Fund

There are many ways to start saving for your child's college education - regardless of their current age. Here's how to start a college saving account.

Financial Planning For Baby's Arrival

Decorating the nursery might be more fun, but these practical matters are an essential part of prepping for baby.

By: Lisa Milbrand
How to Juggle Short- & Long-Term Financial Priorities (and Still Have Fun Doing It)

Three simple tips to help achieve your short and long term financial goals.

9 Tips for Maximizing Your Credit Card Rewards

Credit card rewards continue to grow. Make the most of your reward points with these nine strategies.

How to Choose and Manage a Credit Card

With credit card offers and options being plentiful, navigating your options can seem overwhelming. Read some tips from Fifth Third Bank for comparing credit cards.

How to Give Your Kids a Financial Education

Financial literacy is like learning a language: the earlier you start, the easier it is. Follow these easy tips to start your kids off on the right track.

Holiday Shopping? 5 Ways Your Bank Can Help

Let us help you simplify your holiday shopping—without costing you an extra dime.

5 Smart Ways to Save More Money at Home

Conquer your household budget. Smart household habits that can help you save big, no scrimping required.

By: Samantha Reichstein
7 Unexpected Costs That Come With Buying a Home

Go from offer to close on your dream home without any financial surprises. Seven homeowner costs that will hit your bank account the hardest, and what you can do to soften the blow.

By: Cassie Kreitner
How to Be a Financially Responsible Pet Parent

Pets enrich your life, but they do come with a price tag. Costs to consider before heading out to your local pet store or shelter. 

What to do With That Tax Refund—or Big Tax Bill

If you're on the refund list, what's the smartest way to spend or save your tax return? And if you're one of the few who will owe the government a check, what should you be doing to avoid that situation next year?

The World of Glamorous Investing: When is a Purchase Worth More Than You Think?

Looking to add a bit of color and personality to your investment portfolio? Dive into the basics of glamorous investing with this primer from Fifth Third Bank.

How to Manage College Debt

Control outstanding student loans with a thoughtful approach to managing college debt. Here are a few ways to deal with student loan debt after graduation.

What Wedding Planners Splurge and Save On

Wondering which areas of your budget should be getting the most—and least—love? We consulted the pros to find out.

By: Aja Frost
5 Ways to Prevent Shopping Fraud This Holiday Season

Holiday shopping is an exciting time for shoppers and for fraudsters. Learn about 5 ways to prevent fraud during holiday shopping.

How to Manage Your Student Loans

Having student loans isn't fun, but there are plenty of ways to manage college debt. Here's how to tackle your college student loans with Fifth Third Bank.

Save for Your Kids' College & Lower Student Debt

Preparing your kids for college begins with setting up savings accounts to cover tuition. Learn how to save and lower student debt with Fifth Third Bank.    

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529 Savings Plan for Baby?

What's a 529 savings plan, and does my child need one?

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Credit Score 101: Need-to-Know Basics About Why This Number Matters

Understand what goes into your score and what you can do to improve it.

Four Investment Strategy Steps

Taking your first steps into the world of investing? Develop your own unique investing roadmap with this simple four-step process from Fifth Third Bank.

Five Steps to Become a First Time Homebuyer

If you take it one step at a time, finding and buying your first home can be a smooth, even enjoyable, process. Follow these five steps to avoid unnecessary hassles.

How to Become an Attractive Loan Candidate

Consider these factors in your financial life so you can strengthen your case as an attractive loan candidate.

Financing Your Wedding, Step by Step

If you want to throw an unforgettable nuptial celebration without breaking the bank and start your marriage off on secure financial footing, consider taking the following four steps.

Charitable Contributions: Giving Thanks

Charitable Contributions are often tax deductible. Fifth Third Bank offers answers to the most common questions about donations and deductions.

To Save or Not to Save: A Simple Formula for Smarter Spending

Saving money is not just a good habit—it's absolutely necessary. However, when can spending money be even more powerful than saving it?

The New Normal Series: Managing Money as a Single Parent

Money hacks and tips to  save you money and time today, but also to help you begin to build the foundation for a more stable, prosperous future.

Bringing Financial Literacy to the Next Generation

Financial illiteracy hurts not only youth, but the whole community. We are commited to educating the next generation. Learn how!

How to Improve Your Credit Score and Pay Down Credit Card Debt With A Personal Loan

How to use a personal loan to pay down credit card debt and improve your credit score.

Are You Financially Prepared for Maternity Leave?

Here’s what you need to know before you take that precious time off.

By: Dana Holmes
How Do I Find A Financial Advisor?

Investing is complicated. Strategies to find the best financial advisor for you.

Approaching Investing As A Young Professional

What you need to know about investing — and why you should start now.

5 Things to Do With Your Raise or Bonus

If you are one of the fortunate employees who is getting a raise or bonus or switching jobs in this tight labor market, here are 5 things to do with those newly found dollars:

5 Ways to Boost Your Savings Account

Not having a savings account may not have impacted you yet, but it's only a matter of time until a financial emergency happens and you're left strapped without any money. Saving may seem like it's all for nothing, but putting money away helps to create a financial cushion that you one day may very well need.

5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Home values fluctuate, and it depends heavily on the area and the real estate market at the time. What you may or may not know is that you can actually increase the value of your home by investing in it through home improvement projects.

Budgeting for (and with) Your Adult Children

Financially supporting adult children may be the norm these days, but continuing to provide for children long after they’ve reached adulthood can cause financial strain for parents.

15 Ways to Make More Money in Your 401(K)

For many people, a 401(k) retirement plan is the biggest source of retirement savings. Unfortunately, most people don't use their retirement funds to the best advantage.

8 Smart Tips to Keep Money Safe While Traveling

Put your mind at ease. How to keep your money safe while traveling

Protecting Your Finances in the Digital Age

How to keep your money safe in the digital space  

The Better Way To Save: Life Insurance or IRA?

What's the better way to save for retirement outside of your 401(k)?

Six Tips on Credit Card Fraud Prevention in the Digital Age

Six critical tips to help protect against credit card fraud

All about HELOC

Let your home work for you. What you need to know about home equity lines of credit

Your Guide to Switching Banks

Your strategic guide to switching banks, as painlessly as possible.

How to Trick Yourself Into Sticking to a Budget

7 tips to help you stick to a budget

Most Powerful Women in Banking: No. 21, Fifth Third's Teresa Tanner

Teresa Tanner, Chief Administrative Officer at Fifth Third, was named on of the most powerful women in banking.

3 Reasons To Not Sell After a Market Downturn

After every market decline, investors tend to recover their losses, and markets tend to stabilize and see positive growth. The same can't be said for investors who sell into market downturns hoping to stem their losses.

Tax-Free Savings Accounts and Other Places to Save Tax-Free

A few types of savings accounts and other financial instruments might be worth considering if you are seeking ways to reduce your tax bill and stretch your savings.

Two-Thirds of Workers Save More for Retirement Thanks to One Simple Change

Saving for retirement isn't easy, and it's no secret that the majority of workers are behind on their savings. 

Improving Financial Awareness and Literacy

Estate planning is an essential component of everyone's financial plans. Regardless of how large or modest your wealth, estate planning is the only way to control what happens to your assets when you become disabled or pass away.

The One Thing That's Causing You to Miss Out on More Money

We all have financial blind spots—and the blind spots aren’t the problem. It’s failing to recognize that you have them, and that they prevent you from doing the most possible with your money.

"But I Don’t Have the Money to Invest"

The average American looks at investing as something only elite, wealthy people participate in. The reality, however, is that investing should be something that's available to the masses.

How Many Retirement Accounts Should You Have? Why More Isn’t Necessarily Better

While you're doing the right thing by diligently saving a portion of each paycheck, you could be making a big mistake if you're not paying attention to where that money is going and how many retirement accounts you have.

Using U.S. Savings Bonds as a Long-term Investment

If your investment strategy includes long-term bonds, you may want to consider U.S. savings bonds (typically referred to as Series EE Bonds). Savings bonds just might represent a smart investment in an ever-fluctuating economic environment.

5 Key Financial Aid Considerations When Saving for College

Trying to save for the full sticker price of college can be daunting—even for an in-state public school. Consider how much financial aid your family might receive when developing your savings strategy.

Investing Doesn’t Have to be Complicated

Transforming yourself into a savvy investor is all about understanding your own needs and goals, teaching yourself to speak a bit of the market’s language, and—when needed—not hesitating to ask for guidance from a seasoned and knowledgeable advisor.

What Else Banks Can Help With (Besides Banking)

Whether you're opening your first savings account or you've been banking for years, it's helpful to know which services your bank offers, so you can take full advantage. 

How Can I Save Enough for Retirement Without a 401(k)?

But what do you do if you’re among the one-third of non-unionized American workers who don’t have access to a 401(k)? You’ve got options.

Smartest Things to Do with $10,000 of Savings

While saving $10,000 is a wonderful accomplishment, especially considering today's economic climate, it's crucial that you put your hard-earned cash to good use. 

Clearing Up Tax Confusion for College Savings Accounts

Saving for a child's college education was once much simpler, more affordable and there were a lot fewer tax breaks to navigate. Over time, the tax rules have evolved and become a confusing array of tax-advantaged college savings accounts, tax credits and other tax breaks available to families trying to fund a child's college education.

Top 5 Strategies to Pay for Eldercare

Medicare pays doctor and hospital bills for many older Americans. However, it doesn't cover everything.

How the New Tax Law Impacts Homeowners

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included sweeping tax changes that will affect most Americans in one way or another. For homeowners, the law may impact key tax incentives that have helped to support the benefits of owning a home.

Your Guide to Switching Banks Checklist

Here are some questions to ask and some items to consider when you're thinking about switching banks.

Getting Started with Charitable Giving

Many consider donating to causes and organizations a valuable and fulfilling use of their money. Taking a more strategic approach to your gifts can not only increase the impact of your dollars but also ensure you’re getting the full tax benefit from your efforts.

How You Can Maximize Your Credit Card Points During the Holidays

One of the easiest ways to ease the burden of holiday shopping is to take full advantage of credit card perks. Here are some of the best ways to do that.

Set Up Early for Retirement Success

It’s never too early to begin setting yourself up for retirement — and getting started is easier than you think. Here are three different types of retirement savings vehicles that you can set up now and watch them grow into the future.

Saving for College: Life Insurance or 529?

Clearly, most families need a long-term savings plan if they hope to help their children avoid a mountain of student loan debt. For nearly three in 10 households, the method of choice is the tax-advantaged 529 plan.

Risk Tolerance

But how does an individual investor determine his or her risk tolerance? How can understanding this concept help investors in diversifying their portfolios?

Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Prepare

Caring for aging parents is something you hope you can handle when the time comes, but it's the last thing you want to think about. Whether the time is now or somewhere down the road, there are steps you can take to make your life—and their lives, too—a little easier.

Clever Ways to Better Manage Credit Card Debt

You can’t get out of paying the balances you owe on your credit cards, but you can use these clever strategies to make your credit card debt less costly. Eventually, it will be a thing of the past.

Your Retirement Planning Checklist

Use this age-based guide to keep your retirement plans on track through all stages of life. And don't worry if you're not quite there—you have options.

Create an Investment Strategy, No Matter How Much Money You Have

Whether your goal is to beef up your retirement nest egg or start building wealth that you can use to reach other financial goals, every investor needs a strategy. 

Get the Most from Your HSA

Every dollar you contribute to an HSA and spend on eligible health and medical expenses is pre-tax, meaning you can essentially pay your medical bills with pre-tax money. Those are significant savings, no matter what tax bracket you're in.

Estate Planning: Not Just for the Mega Wealthy

Estate planning might evoke images of the ultra-wealthy, however, anyone with assets or property of any sort should consider some type of estate planning to ensure their items are properly passed on. 

How to Get Out of Debt

Americans owe a ton of money. Owing all this cash can become a big problem, as it can compromise your financial goals and even your health. The good news is, you don't have to spend your life paying interest to creditors.

The Best Moves to Make With Your Health Savings Account

The Health Savings Account (HSA) is one of the best saving and investing tools available, but sadly, only 22 million Americans are taking advantage of this, according to AHIP.

Brokerage Account Insurance: Is Your Account Safe?

Here’s how to check if your brokerage account is insured, and how much insurance you have for your assets.

How Inflation Affects Your Savings

The price of a movie ticket, a house, or a semester in college tends to rise over time, sometimes quickly and at other times slowly. That fact has great relevance to your personal savings plan.

What is a Secured Credit Card?

Secured credit cards enable virtually everyone to build (or rebuild) their credit by responsibly managing their secured credit card just like any other credit card.

Higher Education: Is the Cost Worth the Payoff?

As college tuition and student debt rise, many Americans still feel college education is worth the cost. Learn about average college tuition and trends.

The Rise of Alternative Payments

Consumers have a variety of payment methods to choose from when shopping, from credit cards to cash. Learn more about the rise of alternative payments.    

Using 529s to Save for Future Higher Education

There are many options to plan for college education, and 529s offer great benefits. Learn what 529s are, how they work, and more with Fifth Third Bank.

How to Make First Time Homeownership a Reality

Buying your first house and applying for a mortgage may sound like a dream, but there are many programs that help make this dream a reality. Learn more.

How to Get a Financial Education

Understanding the importance of managing finances is a vital aspect of continued education. Learn how to get a financial education with Fifth Third Bank.

5 Ways to Manage (and Lower) Student Loan Debt

Managing student loans is tough. From making payments to staying on top of owed amounts, here are 5 tips on how to manage (and lower) student loan debt.

How to Track Investments with Benchmarking

There are many ways to monitor investments, including setting benchmarks. Learn how to monitor investment portfolio performance through benchmarking.    

Debt Consolidation: A Solution for Gen-Xers

Debt is no stranger to many American households, especially for Gen-Xers. Learn how debt consolidation options can help Gen-X with Fifth Third Bank.

How to Prepare to Renovate Your Starter Home

How to strategize and budget to accomplish the updates and renovations that will bring your new abode ever-closer to that “dream home” goal.

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Is your home ready for Winter? A few small changes around your house won’t only help ensure you stay , but could save you money in the long run as well.

Smart Ways to Save Up for a Down Payment

We asked a financial expert—and real couples who’ve been there—for tips and tricks that can bulk up your savings.

By: Jamie Buerger
New Year’s Resolutions: Financial Planning for Life Changes in the Year Ahead

With every new year comes life changes. Make sure you’re ready for what’s ahead with these financial planning tips.

5 Advantages of Consolidating Your Debt

Consolidating debt can help you lower interest paid on loans and manage finances. Learn about the benefits of debt consolidation with Fifth Third Bank.

Using a Personal Loan to Consolidate Debt

Does it make sense to use a personal loan to help consolidate outstanding debt? Here are some points to consider when using a personal loan to manage debt.