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Your Midyear Financial Checkup

By Nat Sillin The summer months allow most of us a chance to slow down and catch up – on relaxation, on chores and with a bit of scheduling and focus, on our money goals. Setting a few hours aside for a midyear financial checkup in June or July can help you review how you’re doing with savings, investing, spending and debt. It can give you the opportunity to spot …Read More

Eight Priceless Financial Lessons You Learned on the Playground

By Jesse Campbell One of the best parts of childhood (besides nap time, obviously) is all the lessons you learn when you don’t think you’re learning anything. It’s the dirty little secret of being a kid – the most important lessons we learn actually happen in those moments when no one is trying to teach us. (Don’t tell kids this.) Take recess, for example. You know you’re supposed to be learning something …Read More

Inexpensive Summer Fun Activities

By Drew Kessler When school let’s out every summer, the thoughts of children and families across the nation turn to fun-filled summer days. But rather than letting summer break the bank, the NFCC suggests the following fun, inexpensive activities to pass the sunny days with children. Visit the local library. Most local libraries provide regular storytelling programs that provide an air-conditioned break that keeps even the youngest and oldest reader’s learning …Read More

Looking for Work? Plan a Money-Smart Job Search

By Nat Sillin Whether a new job opportunity is across the country or across town, it’s important to track the cost and strategy of a job search as closely as you track your career objectives. Job seekers may qualify for tax deductions depending on their current employment status. For example, if you are currently employed and looking for a job in your existing field, you may qualify for a range …Read More

3 Financial Challenges Breadwinner Moms Face With Resilence

By Bruce McClary The reality faced by women who are primary wage earners in their household depends upon which of the two circumstances they are facing. A recent study by Pew Research reveals that some are among the 5.1 million (37%) who are married mothers with higher incomes than their husbands, while 8.6 million (63%) others are single parents earning substantially less than their married peers. While a significant dividing …Read More

Can Debt Collectors Harass You on Social Media?

By Lauralynn Schueckler It seems like everyone is on Facebook or Twitter these days. From the young to the old, a huge majority of people are taking to social media to stay connected with friends and family. What if I told you that’s exactly what some debt collectors are hoping for? Debt collectors who use social media to try to contact and/or harass someone are in clear violation of the Fair Debt …Read More

 Don’t Let Debt Keep You Down, Soldier

By Drew Kessler Struggling with debt is bad enough – whether you’re a veteran or are about to transition into civilian life – but when you’re actively deployed, it can threaten your job status. Debt can also get in the way of civilian employment opportunities for military spouses, making it difficult to provide the additional income necessary to manage the home front. If you’re among those who feel what they’ve …Read More

Four Smart Tips for Buying Investment Property

By Tali Wee Buying an investment property can help you build wealth, but you’ll deplete savings for the down payment, add mortgage debt, and may not see financial benefit short-term. Because of these impacts on your broader financial plan, below are four tips to consider before buying investment properties.   Buy a primary residence first? You don’t have to own the home you live in before owning an investment property. …Read More

Breadwinner Moms Make the Call

By Drew Kessler When you just can’t seem to get out from under your bills and your family’s future is becoming harder to focus on, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and a little lost. You aren’t. It’s actually the first step to tackling your money issues. While a call to an NFCC member agency is an important step to solving money problems, the first step is actually facing the fact …Read More

Improving Millennials’ Financial Literacy with Mobile Technology

By Jason Alderman The global growth of handheld digital devices among younger people is transforming the way consumers are getting their information in general and financial information in particular. On April 15, the 2015 Financial Literacy Summit, co-hosted by Visa Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, brought together senior international financial literacy experts to discuss how mobile technology can improve financial literacy for today’s young adults. Millennials refers …Read More