4 Steps to Spend Your Stimulus Check and Tax Refund Wisely

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By: America Saves Most Americans don’t have an emergency fund. While we’re all experiencing this pandemic very differently — some having only minor inconveniences and others finding themselves without a job or having to close their business — those without a savings cushion are vulnerable to feeling the ramifications of COVID-19 for a very long time. With stimulus checks and … Read More

Protect Yourself Financially from the Impact of COVID-19

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By: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Steps to take if you have trouble paying your bills or meeting other financial obligations If you have trouble paying your bills/loans or paying on time, there may be a number of options to help, especially if you reach out early to your lenders or creditors. Contact your lenders, loan servicers, and other creditors … Read More

Ask Chuck: The Bible, Money, and Love

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By Chuck Bentley, Crown Financial Ministries Dear Chuck, I’m growing weary of our society’s overuse (and misuse) of the word love. I hear and see it in advertising, on social media, and in conversations. If the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God, it appears we’ve confused our priorities. It appears we love money more than Him … Read More

How Credit Score Can Affect Relationships

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By NACCC Personal finances are rarely discussed but often the biggest strain on a couple. Even in early courtships, a newly dating couple may fret over who will pay for dinner, or have different tastes in entertainment based on affordability. Topics such as careers, hobbies, and interests can easily spill into money talk. Money is just as important as other … Read More

How to tell the difference between a legitimate debt collector and scammers

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By: CFPB Dealing with debt collection issues can be challenging—especially when you’re not sure if the person you’re being contacted by is legitimate or trying to scam you. When an account like a credit card, auto loan, or cell phone bill becomes past due, the original creditor may attempt to collect the amount owed. The creditor may also hire a … Read More

Top 9 Money Mistakes People Make

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By Jim Garnett, The Debt Doctor After counseling average Americans about their financial problems for many years, I noticed early on that there is a common set of money mistakes people usually make. Money Mistake #1: Being comfortable with debt. Why would anyone choose to be a slave if he could choose to be free? One answer is because, over … Read More

Debt Counseling Teaches You 4 Easy Ways to Get Out of Credit Card Debt

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Debt Counseling

Credit card debt is a problem for people of all ages. Experts say cash-strapped college students often live on credit. Meanwhile, young couples use credit cards for miscellaneous wedding and honeymoon expenses. Retired people often use credit cards to supplement their Social Security income. With debt counseling, you learn about different ways to get out of credit card debt including … Read More

Debt Counseling for an Upbeat Debt Escape Plan

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Debt Counseling

Wishing away your debt does not get you too far, but there are foolproof plans to pay off credit card debt. With debt counseling, you figure out how to keep your finances in check so you feel empowered in all parts of your life. Debt affects not just your physical surroundings, but your spiritual and emotional health. According to an … Read More

Debt Counseling to Get out of Debt on a Limited Budget

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Debt Counseling

Most people who seek debt counseling want to get out of debt but struggle with limited funds. If you had more money, you would likely pay off your credit card debt. According to an article by cheatsheet.com, most people would love it if their debt just magically disappeared. When you sign up for a debt management plan, your credit card … Read More

Debt Consolidation Before Credit Card Rates on Existing Debt Goes Up

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Debt Consolidation

If you have put your credit card statements aside, figuring you will get to it eventually, it’s more important than ever to consider debt consolidation. When you sign up for debt consolidation, you lower your interest rate so you can pay off all of your credit card debt in less time. It’s becoming increasingly more important to pay attention to … Read More