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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.

5 Tips for Managing Credit Card Debt Before Considering Bankruptcy

Credit cards are exceptionally easy to break out and use for items that we want or need. Unfortunately, a little too easy. Many people are faced with credit card debt that seems insurmountable. Once the steep interest rates begin to grow, even responsible spenders may begin experiencing difficulty meeting even the minimum payment on time. According to Value Penguin, Americans 35 year’s old and younger lug around an average of $5,808 in credit …Read More

4 Tips for Saving Money on Holiday Travel

By STEVE NITZ It’s already that time of year again. Thanksgiving and Black Friday are now in the past, and the weather is starting to turn colder and the snow will soon be on its way. The holiday season is here. With the holidays come a lot of shopping, eating and mingling with friends. For many Americans, it also involves plenty of travel. Unfortunately, travel can also mean dishing out …Read More

5 Money Saving Tips For Holiday Spending

Lauren Lovett, Credit Counselor and Grant Writer for Navicore Solutions There is a reason the holiday season is referred to as the most wonderful time of the year. Spending time with loved ones, attending holiday parties, eating delicious food – It truly is wonderful! Unfortunately, this time of year can also bring on stress that inhibits many from enjoying the pleasures of the season. Much of that stress is often …Read More

Graduating This Year? Now’s the Time to Take Control of Your Financial Health

By Bruce McClary The average 2016 graduate has more than $37,000 in student debt- up 6% from last year and levels of delinquencies and defaults are alarming. For many borrowers, managing student loan repayment is one more financial burden they have to consider on top of housing costs, credit card payments, car loans and more. Many don’t know where to turn for help or are not paying attention to the …Read More

How to Mitigate Black Friday Spending

 By Steve Nitz It’s nearly that time of the year. The day after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday. It’s a day a lot of people hate, but also an event numerous citizens of the United States fall in love with. Whether it’s heading to the store in the afternoon or going out at 6 a.m., shoppers love getting a good start on Christmas shopping and taking advantage of the best deals …Read More

Single Mom Tackles Over $80,000 of Debt with Credit Counseling Help

  By Mark Foster Carmen Harmon of Rogers, a single mom of three children who went through an emotionally difficult divorce that sent her finances into a downward spiral, was selected as the COA Debt Free Client of the Year. In the years following the divorce, she had accumulated $82,000 of credit card debt. She also bought a home, but was unable to sell her previous home, so she was …Read More

How to Start Saving an Emergency Fund

 By Joey Johnston Financial experts agree it’s a good idea — really, a necessity — for all consumers to build an emergency fund that covers three to six months of living expenses. It prevents a bad situation from becoming a catastrophe if there’s a job loss or unexpected financial circumstances. But what if you have no emergency fund — as in zero? What happens if there are no savings, no …Read More

3 Tips for Budgeting as a Couple

 By Lauren Lovett, Certified Credit Counselor and Grant Writer for Navicore Solutions  Finances play a vital role in relationships.  When it comes to managing a household together, it is important to work as a team. These three tips can help! I. Be honest and open about all sources of income, expenses, debts and assets. You have selected one another to be partners in life, and therefore, partners in managing finances. …Read More

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

 By Steve Nitz Let’s say you have two issues you’re looking to take care of: issue No. 1 being that you want to start getting on that diet you’ve talked about for years, and No. 2 being that you’re also in a crunch to start saving money. When it comes to shopping at the grocery store, eating healthy can get expensive. Here are five ways you can eat healthy and …Read More

How to Get on the Path of Financial Freedom: 6 Tips to start saving more and spending less

 By Lauren Lovett, Certified Credit Counselor and Grant Writer for Navicore Solutions If you are like many Americans, you may find that the achievement of your dreams often comes at an expense. Whether your goal is to own a home, become an entrepreneur, or travel the world, you need a sense of financial freedom.  You do not need to have a lot of money to be financially free, you just …Read More