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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.

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

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

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

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

Understanding the Importance of a Credit Report

By Gail Cunningham The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it would soon begin examining credit reporting agencies to confirm, among other things, that they are producing accurate credit reports and that consumers have ample ability to dispute errors on their reports. An accurate credit report is critical to a person’s financial future, and consumers need to be aware that the responsibility for reviewing their report lies with …Read More

Choosing a Financial Advisor – Part 2

 By Gary Silverman Investment advisor, financial planner, financial advisor, stockbroker, registered investment advisor, insurance agent, retirement planning specialist, personal financial specialist…what the heck do all these mean and what do they all do? Heck if I know. You see, some of the designations above require specific licenses, some infer a certain level of expertise, and some don’t have any requirements to them at all. Instead of going through a very …Read More

Choosing a Financial Advisor: Part One

By Gary Silverman People regularly ask me how to choose a financial advisor. After my stock answer of “choose me,” I begin by asking them why they want one. Financial advice means different things to different people. One such person told me that he had some stocks that he wanted to buy and wanted me to buy them for him. Well, that’s not giving financial advice. He did his own …Read More

Elderly Mom Destitute With Credit Card Debt

By Erica Sandberg Erica, My mom is 77 years old. She lives in a one-bedroom apartment and has no assets (no car in her name, no IRA, no stocks, no retirement income, absolutely nothing). She lives entirely off her Social Security check each month. However, she managed to rack up about $15,000 on a credit card that she can no longer pay. She has no savings left. I consulted a …Read More

Make Sure Your Financial House Is In Order

Yesterday over 100,000 Americans went online to watch President Obama answer live questions from Twitter users for the first “Twitter Town Hall.” For an hour, he answered questions from consumers about the economy. According to the White House, most of the questions concerned jobs (23%), the budget (18%) and taxes (11%). It seems that Americans are concerned about getting the budget back under control, and much like the national budget, …Read More

Financial Spring Cleaning Tip of the Day: Ask an Expert

If you don’t know where to start or you’re not sure what to keep or toss, consider contacting an NFCC Member Agency. From financial education to debt management services, NFCC’s nonprofit agencies have certified credit counselors who offer low-cost and free financial educational information, money and credit management advice, and debt reduction services. To locate an NFCC Member Agency in your area visit our website at www.DebtAdvice.org and click on …Read More