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NFCC Blog: Staying the Course

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is the largest serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. Find various topics in this blog, including personal finance, credit counseling, housing, budgeting and student loan help. Click here to speak with an NFCC-certified Consumer Credit Counselor.

10 Ways to Fall into Savings this Autumn

 By Lauralynn Mangis, Online Marketing Specialist at Advantage Credit Counseling It’s back-to-school time and every family is looking for ways to cut costs and save a little extra money during the fall season. With the majority of everyone’s budgets being stretched thin due to the back-to-school necessities, it’s important to cut costs when and where you can. Here are some quick and easy ways to save money this Autumn: 1. …Read More

5 Myths About Credit Counseling

 By Steve Nitz NFCC member agencies provide financial education to millions of consumers each year. These appointments can be either in person, over the phone or online. However, there’s a good amount of the country’s population that’s afraid to schedule a counseling appointment due to a number of misconceptions. Here are five myths about credit counseling, debunked: I. Credit counseling will hurt your credit score Possibly the biggest misconception when …Read More

5 Tips for Improving Your Financial Literacy

By Jessica Kane Americans are struggling with financial literacy. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation, which completes national studies on financial capability, reports that current financial education is not enough to make us money smart. According to their reports, Millennials and young adults were the groups with the most to learn about financial matters. Lack of financial literacy can spell trouble, often resulting in bad money decisions, lack of savings, and …Read More

52% Of Millennials Engage In Expensive Credit Card Behaviors

 By Robert Harrow A new study released earlier this week by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation reveled that a majority of millennials use credit cards in an expensive way. They are more likely than the rest of the population to pay late fees or take out cash advances. These are avoidable expenses no one should pay. For millennials, these practices put a strain on their finances, making it more difficult to budget or establish a …Read More

5 Cities where Homeowners Get Big Bang for Their Buck

 By Steve Nitz A lot of Americans dream of getting a job and moving to a city such as Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco or Chicago and eventually raising a family there. However, it’s not quite that easy when it comes to finding housing. The affordability of a housing market is definitely something to consider when you’re factoring in what part of the country you want to spend the …Read More

CFPB Announcement that will Ease the Minds of Consumers

By Tara Carter We’re all familiar with the headache that can come along with the consistent nagging of debt collectors, however the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has just proposed new regulations that will give us a break from persistent debt collectors. Here are highlights of the proposed changes: To protect consumers from being contacted for debts that may be incorrect, debt collectors now have to confirm that they have …Read More

Start Your Holiday Planning Now

 By Mark Foster While the holidays might not be right around the corner, it’s still a good idea to start thinking about your holiday spending. To some, it might seem odd to start thinking about a holiday budget now, however planning sooner is better than later!    The holiday season rolls around at the same time every year, yet it still seems to catch many off-guard. Ultimately, waiting until the last minute to begin thinking about a budget can …Read More

How to Save on School Supplies

By Becky Winters, Grant Coordinator at Navicore Solutions School is in session, and you know what that means: Your children need backpacks, books, notebooks, pens, crayons, Kleenex and an endless supply of other school items. Here are some tips to help you save money this fall.    1) Give your children a school allowance –Even though school has already started, your kids probably still are begging for every bell and …Read More

5 Ways to Keep Bank Accounts Cool During Hot Summer Months

 By Tara Carter Temperatures are heating up this summer, but that doesn’t mean you’re spending has to increase with these hot temperatures. Here are 5 ways to help keep spending under control, and bank accounts cool this summer:   1) Set a Budget  Pay attention to spending habits so you don’t end up spending more than you earn. Over spending is a quick way to lead yourself into poor financial health and …Read More

An Introduction to 3% Down Conventional Home Mortgages

 By Henry Ochoa For the past few months, private banks have been introducing 3% down conventional mortgage packages. These 3% down mortgages are a way to get first-time homebuyers into a home with a low down payment, as opposed to having to pay the typical 5-20% conventional down payment. Low down payment mortgages are an attractive option for people who live in cities where rent is high and it’s tougher …Read More