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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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Scam Alert: Beware Child Tax Credit Scams

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The Child Tax Credit, a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that takes effect in July, is already drawing the attention of scammers. The newly expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) will provide monthly payments of up to $300 per child for approximately 40 million households across the country. Payments will be issued via direct deposit, paper check, or debit cards, providing a plethora of opportunities for scammers to get in on the action.

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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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Beware the USPS Smishing Text Scam

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Your phone pings with an incoming text. You swipe it open to find a message from the USPS. They’re texting to let you know that the scheduled delivery time for your package has been changed. Unfortunately, though, the message is not from the USPS and you’ve just been targeted by a scam. Here’s what you need to know about the USPS smishing text scam.

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Navigating the Current Auto Loan Market

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Prices on both new and used cars have soared since the beginning of 2020, and experts aren’t expecting them to fall anytime soon. Here’s what you need to know about the current auto loan market and how to navigate it successfully.

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Lawn-Care Scams Sprout up in Spring

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Spring is here, and lawn-care scams are sprouting like mushrooms after rain. And unlike that brown spot in the grass, they’re not easy to see. Here’s what’s important to know about these scams and how to stay safe.

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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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Beware Stimulus and Tax Scams

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It’s stimulus season and tax season at the same time, and scammers couldn’t be happier. The IRS is warning of a surge in scams as the tax agency continues processing tax returns and distributing stimulus payments to eligible adults. Here’s all you need to know about the latest round of scams.

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What Will Happen to My Loved One’s Finances After they Die?

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My close relative is getting on in years, so I’m wondering: What happens to their accounts and debts after they pass away?

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Auto Warranty Scams

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Another phone call, another scam. It’s not just you, those robocalls just won’t stop! More than just an annoyance, scam calls cost 56 million Americans a financial loss in 2020. One of the most common scams over the phone is the auto warranty scam. Here’s all you need to know about it.

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