Saving as a Family

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By: America Saves In most circumstances, we build our financial foundation from experiences that we go through as children and youth. Sometimes when children hear their parents or other adults in their lives talking about cutting spending or saving money, they assume that the family is going through a rough patch. As appropriate based on children’s ages, family conversations about … Read More

CFPB: Make a Plan to Save Some of Your Tax Refund

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Making a plan to save at tax time The start of the New Year means its tax season again. As you gather your tax records and prepare to file, why not use this annual responsibility to take another step towards building financial security for yourself or your family? For many Americans, a tax refund is the largest check they will … Read More

Tackling the Fear of Filing Taxes

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Tackling the Fear of Filing Taxes The holidays are over, a new year has begun, and now we are rolling into February: a month that brings Valentine’s Day to mind. Some people look forward to receiving candy hearts while others dread spending Valentine’s Day alone. However, getting snubbed by Cupid isn’t the only thing people dread in February. They also … Read More

Financial Planning – A Fresh Start for the New Year

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Finances and the New Year With the New Year approaching, it is the perfect time to evaluate your current financial situation, set new financial goals, and establish budgeting strategies. Whether your credit is in great shape or you are struggling to maintain or improve your credit, it is important to pull your credit reports at least annually and review them … Read More

Credit Card – Avoiding the Debt Trap this Holiday Season

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Gift Giving on Credit Staying out of debt can be almost as difficult as paying it off especially when our emotions take over. After all, buying gifts for our loved ones during the holiday season is a very emotional purchase. Preparing for gifting should begin way before the holiday season. In a survey conducted by The American Research Group, Inc., … Read More

Debt Consolidation – Combating Holiday Credit Card Debt

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Debt Consolidations

Setting Financial Goals By planning ahead, it’s easy to combat holiday credit card debt that puts you behind with New Year’s resolutions and financial goals. According to an article by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the best approach is to plan ahead to avoid holiday binge buying. By talking to a Christian credit counselor, you learn about debt consolidation. Whether you sign … Read More

Simple Fixes for Runaway Credit Card Debt

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Christian Credit Counselors

Despite the best of intentions, it is easy to fall quickly into credit card debt. When you struggle to pay just the minimum payment on your credit card bills, take logical steps to untangle the mess with Christian credit counseling. According to an article by businessinsider.com, the average American family has about $15,000 worth of credit card debt. Ignoring credit … Read More

Your Spending Habits and Your Holiday Spirit

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The Average American’s Holiday Spending Habits Already thinking about everything you have to do for the holiday season? Does the thought of holiday preparation stress you out? According to the National Retail Federation, it was estimated that the average American spent $77.52 on candy, costumes and decorations for Halloween in 2014. According to a CNBC report, the average American planned … Read More

Fall Money Saving Tips

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Cutting Costs at Home There are many ways you can save money and have fun doing it this holiday season. Falling leaves and decomposing Jack-o-Lanterns are the perfect way to start a compost pile this fall. Starting now means you’ll be one step ahead when spring arrives. Make sure your roof is free of holes, destruction and critters; if it … Read More

Credit Counseling for Millennials Who Want a Fresh Start

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Credit Counseling

When you are dealing with massive credit card debt in your 20s or early 30s, it is difficult to get a mortgage loan or a car loan. In some cases, lenders demand you pay a higher interest rate because of poor credit and too much consumer debt. By engaging in credit counseling, you take control of your financial future before … Read More