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Beware of Debt-Collection Scams

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With the pandemic still wreaking havoc on the economy, many people are struggling to pay their monthly bills and meet their debt payments. Unfortunately, scammers are exploiting the financial downturn by tricking unsuspecting victims into paying for debts that don’t actually exist, or by using abusive tactics to collect legitimate debts.

Don’t be the next victim of a debt-collection scam. Here’s all you need to know about these scams.

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My Savings Has Been Wiped Clean; How Can I Replenish it?

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Q: The last few months have been really tough on my finances, and I’ve been forced to use my savings for getting by. I’d like to start building these up again, but it’s all so overwhelming. Where do I begin?

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Debt Paydown: Snowball vs Avalanche Method

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Debt is the ultimate killjoy. It can destroy a budget, make long-term financial planning impossible, and shadow every purchase you make with guilt. No one wants to live with that debt burden. But how do you kiss your debt goodbye?

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How Should I Spend My Stimulus Check?

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The $1,200 granted to most middle class adults is a welcome relief during these financially trying times. Many recipients may be wondering: What is the best way to use this money?

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Why Does My Credit Score Matter?

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Your credit score is made up of three numbers, serving as an indicator of your financial history, wellness and responsibility. These three little numbers can spell the difference between approval and rejection for a mortgage, a job, a rental unit and so much more.

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Financial Resources Available for Veterans

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If you are a current or retired US service member or a family member of one, there are numerous programs available to help with the struggles of daily life.

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Stuck at Home? Spend Your Time Productively

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While it may, at first, sound like a dream come true, sitting at home without much to do can quickly get old. If you’re one of the millions of Americans waiting out the crisis at home, be proactive about spending your time productively instead of binge-watching six seasons of your favorite sitcom while eating your way through gallons of ice cream. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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5 Ways to Trim Your Fixed Expenses

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When most of us make our monthly budget, we list our fixed monthly expenses and move on from there; however, taking a close look at those can save you money.

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How to Create a Budget in 6 Easy Steps

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Making a budget is the most basic, but in some ways the most difficult, step toward financial security. We’ve got a simple six-step process to make it easy!

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Financial Improvement for the New Year

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It’s time for those New Year’s #resolutions, and we’ve got four common-sense ones to suggest that will get your finances in order! A frightening percentage of Americans have no emergency savings … don’t be one of them!

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