Member Alert: Video Shows How Scammers Tell You To Pay

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Excerpt from FTC Article: Video Shows How Scammers Tell You to Pay by Sachit Gali, FTC Intern, Division of Consumer & Business Education Scammers make up all kinds of stories to get your money, from telling you that you’ve won a prize, you owe a debt, or your family member is in an emergency. But… Read more »

7 Money Management Tips for Military Deployments

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Military deployments are a way of life for around 200,000 of our U.S. service members each year, and serving away from home, sometimes for a long duration of time, can be difficult on many levels, including financially. So, what are the best practices for money management while deployed? With a solid plan and the right… Read more »

Member Alert: Utility Company Calling? Don’t Fall for It.

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Excerpt from FTC Article: Utility Company Calling? Don’t Fall For It. by Jim Kreidler, Consumer Education Specialist Every day, millions of people who have lost their jobs are making difficult choices about how to pay their bills. As the Coronavirus continues to spread, scammers are taking advantage of people’s heightened economic anxiety. Their latest ploy… Read more »

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 »