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December 2010

More Holiday Tips to Keep You Free of Debt Stress

To avoid getting caught up in the hysteria, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) offers the following information and advice on how to avoid overspending and maintain good financial health during the upcoming holiday season: Develop a spending budget. Write down household and personal expenses for November and December. For each month, subtract the total amount of expenses from your monthly take-home pay. The amount left over each month …Read More

Don’t Let the Grinch – Or Anyone Else – Steal Your Identity This Season

Identity theft is a problem any time of the year.  While consumers are focused on giving during the holidays, the crooks are focused on taking.  “If there’s one thing consumers don’t need, it is dealing with identity theft during the holidays.  Having your access to credit suspended or compromised during the largest shopping season of the year could put a damper on anyone’s good cheer,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for …Read More

Should You Be Shopping This Holiday Season?

One in every 10 Americans is currently unemployed. Foreclosure filings were reported on close to one million properties in the third quarter of 2009. Personal savings, if it exists at all, is a fraction of what it should be. Terms on credit cards are rapidly changing, putting some consumers over the financial edge. And the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, is just around the corner. Considering the …Read More