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NFCC Blog: Staying the Course

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.

2016 NFCC Brighter Financial Future Award Winner, Martha Souder

(Pictured Above: Helene Raynaud, President and CEO of Guidewell Financial Solutions, Martha Souder, Award Winner, and Susan Keating, CEO of the NFCC) Every year at the NFCC Connect Conference, we love to highlight the great work that our member agencies do to help their clients.  Many clients achieve financial freedom by paying off their debt in 36-60 months with a plan from their agency.  Each year, a client is chosen …Read More

Celebrating Valentine’s Day on a Budget

The month of February is here, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a great day to really show appreciation for your significant other with a nice dinner and night out on the town. Of course, Valentine’s Day also comes with a cost, and a lot of times it’s heavy. Dinner, a movie, alcohol, gifts. They all add up. With that being said you can still have a …Read More

Sentimental Valentine’s Day Gifts That are Free or Cost Little

Valentine’s Day is a time to show the people we love just how much we love them.  Beware though because advertisers spend millions to tell us to spend a lot of money on Valentine’s gifts. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that how much we spend on someone reflects how much we really love that person. Overspending, even on small gifts, can result in some financial problems. …Read More

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

Benefits of Buying a New vs. Used Car

At some point in their lives, a lot of Americans are faced with the decision of whether or not to buy a new car. It certainly has its benefits – no miles, brand-new upholstery, that sweet new car smell. However, is it worth it? There are plenty of benefits to purchasing a used car as well. It really depends on your situation and what you see as the best fit. …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

5 Tips for Managing Credit Card Debt Before Considering Bankruptcy

Credit cards are exceptionally easy to break out and use for items that we want or need. Unfortunately, a little too easy. Many people are faced with credit card debt that seems insurmountable. Once the steep interest rates begin to grow, even responsible spenders may begin experiencing difficulty meeting even the minimum payment on time. According to Value Penguin, Americans 35 year’s old and younger lug around an average of $5,808 in credit …Read More