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Financial Lessons We’ve Learned While Staying at Home

By |2020-07-31T09:58:11-06:00July 31st, 2020|Blog|

Financial Lessons We’ve Learned While Staying at Home Shelter in place. Lockdown. Quarantine. Whatever you call it, it’s been a few months since the COVID-19 pandemic taught us what staying home for an extended period of time actually looks and feels like. These are unprecedented times. And although things are unpredictable right now, we [...]

Where Coronavirus Relief Checks Go, Fraudsters Follow

By |2020-06-30T08:48:06-06:00July 1st, 2020|Blog|

Where Coronavirus Relief Checks Go, Fraudsters Follow The Internal Revenue Service has begun depositing stimulus checks electronically into bank accounts. If you’ve gotten yours, great. Now, guard that money, because scammers are eager to pick your pocket. If you’re still waiting for your payment — or running into unverified offers or communications — healthy [...]

Response to COVID-19

By |2020-09-21T15:02:24-06:00March 17th, 2020|Blog|

09/21/2020 Update: * As of today our lobby at 9601 F St. is open to the public. At this time there will only be two people allowed in the lobby simultaneously and visits should be limited to ten minutes. In the event that there are already two members in the lobby, you will be [...]

4 Things to Know if You’ve Never Budgeted Before

By |2020-01-29T13:18:43-06:00February 1st, 2020|Blog|

4 Things to Know if You’ve Never Budgeted Before We’ve entered a new year and a new decade. Not surprisingly, this fresh start has probably brought new goals to mind — like money management. If you’re planning to start balancing your income and spending, here are four things to keep in mind before you [...]

How to Actually Keep Your New Year’s Debt Resolution

By |2020-01-29T13:07:38-06:00January 1st, 2020|Blog|

How to Actually Keep Your New Year’s Debt Resolution Paying off debt in the new year is a common resolution. But resolving to do something and actually doing it are two different things. Taking a smart approach to building good habits, however, can help you master your debt in the coming year. Jon Bailey, [...]

Why You Should Hit the Store on the Day After Christmas

By |2019-12-01T20:11:13-06:00December 1st, 2019|Blog|

Why You Should Hit the Store on the Day After Christmas Customer service desks will be packed on the day after Christmas with consumers requesting refunds and exchanges, but store aisles will be packed with something else — deals. Here’s why you should venture out on Dec. 26, and how to emerge with a bargain instead [...]

Black Friday: If No Price Match, Go for Cash Back

By |2019-10-28T13:02:13-06:00November 1st, 2019|Blog|

Black Friday: If No Price Match, Go for Cash Back On almost any day of the year, consumers can shop around, compare sale prices and ask one retailer to match a lower price at another retailer. Black Friday is usually an exception to that rule. When price matching isn’t an option, cash-back websites, apps [...]

How to Budget for December Holidays in October

By |2019-10-01T13:09:10-06:00October 1st, 2019|Blog|

How to Budget for December Holidays in October You might have pumpkins on your porch, but it’s already time to make room for the year-end holidays in your budget. “I was at Costco the other day, and I already saw Christmas trees, [so] we need to be thinking about it right now,” says Nick [...]

Will You Be a Scam Artist’s Next Target?

By |2019-09-04T10:01:12-06:00September 4th, 2019|Blog|

Will You Be a Scam Artist’s Next Target? Believing that fraud can’t happen to us — because we’re too smart, logical or informed — may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP’s director of fraud prevention [...]

Ace Back-to-School Shopping With 6 Smart Moves

By |2019-08-01T08:01:52-06:00August 1st, 2019|Blog|

Ace Back-to-School Shopping With 6 Smart Moves Back-to-school shopping is an expensive chore. And if you shop local sales, it’s a chore you’ll share with thousands of other parents in the vicinity. If it’s big savings you’re after when you brave the crowds, sales flyers won’t cut it. You’ve got to get creative. “Back-to-school [...]