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Coalition of HUD Housing Counseling Intermediaries Launches New Website

By Drew Kessler The Coalition of HUD Housing Counseling Intermediaries is announcing the launch of their new coalitionforhousing.org website. The purpose of the site is to provide information and resources to consumers and stakeholders on the availability of independent, effective housing counseling, financial coaching and education nationwide. The site will also be a portal for members of the housing counseling community to share expertise and information, inform public policy, build …Read More

Is Your Money Your BFF or “Best Friend Forever”?

By Kristine Gamm-Smith   So you ask, how can money be a friend?   Consider the following; money is an active and integral part of your daily life, so how could you not be in a relationship with it?  It really boils down to the kind of relationship you want to have.  Now this assumes that you accept the fact that you are in control of your financial circumstances.   Perhaps you are …Read More

Ways to Save Money on a Last-Minute Summer Trip

By Nat Sillin Maybe your spouse or partner needs a well-deserved break. Or perhaps the kids have said, “I’m bored!” a few times too often during their summer vacation. If you, your partner or your family want – or need – to get out of town, how do you improvise a great last-minute trip without breaking the bank? Start with a notion that’s a bit counter-intuitive. To become an effective travel …Read More

Money Management for the “Boomerang” Household

By Nat Sillin Multi-generational households are nothing new – before 1950, parents, kids, grandparents and extended family members living under the same roof was not only common, but also smart. Combined households sharing living expenses, childcare, eldercare and maintenance duties made life more affordable. Due to recent economic realities, multi-generational living has been on the rise for many families. A 2014 Pew Research Center analysis showed that a record 57 million Americans …Read More

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