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Q&A: Why Are Prices So High Now?

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Q: I’m trying to heal financially as life returns to pre-pandemic norms, but the rising cost of many commodities, like groceries and gasoline, is making a financial rebound a challenge. Why are prices skyrocketing right now?

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Tell the Difference Between Needs & Wants

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Have you ever struggled with separating needs from wants? Read on to learn how to tell the difference between these two spending categories.

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What is Credit Card Interest and How Does it Affect Me?

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Getting your first credit card is super-exciting. Unfortunately, though, lots of first-time credit card owners don’t know enough about credit card interest. And then it’s hello, long-term debt. Don’t let this be you! Here’s all you need to know about credit card interest and how it works.

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Preparing Financially for a New Baby

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Congratulations! You’ve just gotten the positive pregnancy test results and you’re breathless with excitement — and nerves. Regardless, a baby means big changes, and some of those changes bring many new expenses. How will you pay for it all?

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Save Money When Shopping Online

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It’s time to replace that rush you get from filling your virtual cart with the high that comes from saving a ton of money. Get ready to transform the way you shop online.

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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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