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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.

Unique Financial Challenges of Military Spouses and Families

Financial Challenges A survey done for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that military families and veterans face several unique financial challenges. In 2015, the average military family had seven percent higher unsecured debt balances, about $11,000 less in tangible assets, and fifteen percent higher monthly debt-related expenses. People who are struggling to make ends meet often feel pressured to make quick financial decisions without taking time to consider …Read More

Prepared for the Ongoing Expenses that Come With Getting a Pet as a Gift?

By Bruce McClary There are all sorts of gifts that can leave a lasting impression. Your first bike, the nice sweater from your parents, a new set of golf clubs and the latest tech gadget are all examples of presents that remain etched in your memory. Pets can easily fit into that category as well, especially for one reason that might be surprising to some. While nearly everyone melts at …Read More

Last-minute Holiday Shopping Tips

We’ve all been there before. It’s just a few days before Christmas, possibly even already Christmas Eve, and you still have plenty of holiday shopping left to do. It could be that you just have to get a gift for your brother or sister, or that you’re flat out way behind and haven’t bought gifts for any of your friends and family. It’s not a great situation, but the world …Read More

Planning for Successful Financial Resolutions in the New Year

  As 2016 winds to a close, you may be considering setting new goals or resolutions for the new year. Our friend, Mark Foster from CCOA Cares shares his tips for success as you set your financial resolutions for the new year. Set goals. The New Year is coming up fast and resolutions aren’t far behind. If you’re one of those who doesn’t like the word “resolutions” (thinking that they’re …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

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

5 Ways You Could Be (Financially) Cheating on Your Partner

By Kurt Smith Learn more about Kurt on NerdWallet’s Ask An Advisor Do you think you and your partner are completely faithful to one another? There’s more than just physical and emotional infidelity to consider — there’s also financial infidelity. Financial cheating isn’t always obvious. Often we omit details or issues with our finances because they seem harmless, we think it’s something our partner shouldn’t have to worry about, or we’re nervous …Read More

Study: Why Millennials Are Waiting to Buy a Home — for Now

By Deborah Kearns of NerdWallet They’re graduating from college, starting new jobs, getting married and having kids. But one life goal that’s eluding a lot of millennials is homeownership, according to a new NerdWallet white paper. It’s not that millennials don’t want to own a home. In fact, NerdWallet, a personal finance website, found that most millennials would like to buy a home but think they can’t afford it. In its analysis, …Read More

Libraries and NFCC members work together to help those who serve our country

By Bruce McClary Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. Recent preliminary data from the Sharpen Your Financial Focus® (Sharpen) program reveals military families face unique challenges. For example, military Sharpen participants had higher unsecured debt balances ($400-$500 more) than the average Sharpen participant. Fewer tangible assets and higher debt-related expenses …Read More

Save Money on Halloween Décor

By Lauralynn Mangis As Halloween approaches, you may be scrambling to find spooky decor that doesn’t cost a fortune. After all, you’ve still got to buy costumes for the kids and spend a little money on the candy and treats that you’ll present to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. However, if you plan on having a Halloween party at your home, or you simply want to make your home stylishly scary, …Read More