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Which Bills You Should Pay

April 21st, 2021 (No Comments)

You may not be able to pay all of your bills.  Here is a tool to help you figure out which bills are important, and how to manage the bills you can’t pay on time: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/cfpb_your-money-your-goals_prioritizing-bills_tool.pdf

Use Your Tax Refund to Start Your Emergency Fund

March 19th, 2021 (No Comments)

You can use your tax refund to get your savings started.  Put some of your refund in the bank to prepare for any emergencies.  Here is some helpful information: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/start-small-save-up/start-saving/how-to-use-your-tax-refund-to-build-your-emergency-funds/

Emergency Fund

February 24th, 2021 (No Comments)

You should try to keep 3 to 6 months of expenses in an emergency fund.  It is not a good idea to keep this in cash.  Keep this in a bank account that is FDIC insured.  That is a safe method.

Cut Your Expenses

January 2nd, 2021 (No Comments)

Here are some tips on how you can cut your expenses.  This will allow you to then save money for your bigger goals, such as buying a car or a house: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/cfpb_your-money-your-goals_cutting-expenses_tool.pdf Copy and paste the link above into your browser.      

Credit Unions

December 21st, 2020 (No Comments)

When it comes to car loan rates or mortgages, credit unions can have the best rates.  Use this locator to find a credit union near you: https://mapping.ncua.gov/  

Store credit cards

December 12th, 2020 (No Comments)

A retail store credit card can only be used at that store or an affiliated group of stores.  These can be easier to get than a regular credit card if you have poor credit.  They can be a good way to build your credit.

Credit cards

November 30th, 2020 (No Comments)

You can use credit cards to build your credit score.  Have at least 2 credit cards, make the payments on time each month.  Don’t max out the credit cards each month.

Phishing, smishing, vishing

November 10th, 2020 (No Comments)

These are all types of scams where criminals try to steal your personal data.  If someone tells you that you won a lottery in another country, or that you are entitled to receive an inheritance, don’t respond. Read the detailed article here: https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/october2020.html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

More People Getting Bank Accounts

October 24th, 2020 (No Comments)

A record 95 percent of US households had bank or credit union accounts in 2019, according to the FDIC.  Mobile banking has more than doubled since 2017.   https://www.fdic.gov/analysis/household-survey/

Canceling a credit card

October 21st, 2020 (No Comments)

You have paid off a credit card.  Should you cancel the card now?  If you cancel the card, this will cause a dip in your credit score.  A better choice would be to put the card away and use it later if needed.

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