Member Alert: Protecting Your Stimulus Check – Part 2

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Excerpt from FTC Article: The IRS Won’t Call You About Your Stimulus Money by Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist Most people have already gotten their economic stimulus payments, but the Internal Revenue Service is still sending them out. If you haven’t gotten yours yet or have questions about it, the IRS has a number you… Read more »

4 Ways to Keep Your Money Safe While Traveling

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There are a million different details to consider when you are planning a big trip — from transportation and hotels to daily activities and sightseeing schedules. One detail to keep top-of-mind is whether your most valuable asset — your money — will be safe as you travel. Fortunately, there are several things you can do… Read more »

7 Steps for Planning a Family Vacation on a Budget

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For many, the idea of a family vacation is a bit of a love/hate relationship. We all want to enjoy some time away, but then questions like “How will we afford it?” or “Where will we go?” come to the forefront of the discussion. As a result, only seven out of ten people will actually… Read more »

How to Budget for Home Renovations

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Americans’ passion for home renovations is bigger than ever. A 2019 study by Trulia showed that approximately 90 percent of all homeowners are considering a home renovation of some kind. Of that 90 percent, half of the homeowners indicated they are working with a budget of around $5,000, and 20 percent are planning to spend… Read more »

Member Alert: Protecting Your Stimulus Check

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Excerpt from FTC Article: Did A Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility Take Your Stimulus Check? by Lois Greisman, Elder Justice Coordinator Do you or a loved one live in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Are you (or they) on Medicaid? If you said “yes” to both, please read on and prepare to… Read more »

Member Alert: Sophisticated Social Engineering Scams

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You may have heard of the term “social engineering”. In simplistic terms, it is when scammers exploit human psychology to gain access to data versus using technical hacking techniques. Some examples may include: On the Phone – The scammer impersonates a colleague to get insider information, not publicly available. In the Office – The scammer… Read more »

How to Get the Best Return on Your Home Renovation

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When you first purchased your home, you probably felt like you were on top of the world. Typically, you choose your new house because it fits your lifestyle the best. But as time goes on, that same home will surely require routine maintenance or new upgrades, either to keep up with your life changes or… Read more »

How to Finance a Boat Purchase

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With warmer weather comes more time outdoors, and for those who have access to waterways, the desire to own a boat increases. But when it comes to buying a boat, what do you need to know? In this post, we’ll explore all the aspects of boat loans and what it takes to sail home on… Read more »