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NFCC Blog: Staying the Course

NFCC Acquires Student Loan Alliance®

By Bruce McClary The NFCC is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Student Loan Alliance® (SLA). This announcement heralds a new chapter in counseling services for consumers struggling to repay their student loans. Student loan debt recently surpassed credit card debt at $1.3 trillion, and is now second only to mortgages in terms of total consumer debt. Among the 43 million total federal student borrowers, 7.3 million are at least …Read More

Money Saving Strategies That Fit Your Personality

By Jesse Campbell Squirrels have it easy. They have a natural instinct that tells them, “Hey, you need to start saving food right now if you want to make it through the winter.” It’s a behavior that’s born into them. They don’t have to motivate themselves to find nuts and stash them away. They just do it. As humans, we have many natural instincts, but saving money is rarely one …Read More

What is Wrong With My Industry? Part Three

By Gary Silverman This is the last part of a series designed to show you how to spot the bad folks in the investment world (my world). So far we have covered people who lie, cheat, and steal; people who act recklessly; and now I want to look at people whose judgment is clouded by conflicts of interest. Anytime someone is giving you advice, one of the most important things …Read More

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Finances!

By Lauralynn Mangis It’s here!!! I’m talking about the wonderful season called spring, of course. With this season comes a new hope, new life, rejuvenation, and everything feels renewed. Many people start the seemingly never-ending process of “Spring Cleaning” their homes, but what about their personal finances? Spring is also an ideal time to consider getting organized, simplifying your budgeting and savings process, and setting yourself up for financial success in …Read More

How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

By Jason Alderman Imagine you’re planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys – and find out you’ve been scammed. Here’s how it typically works: Cyberthieves create a fake …Read More

Spring Provides Opportunity for Tidying Up Your Finances

By Drew Kessler With spring approaching tomorrow the onset of fresh air outside means spring cleaning inside. Spring also is a great time to put your finances in order and save money in the process. The NFCC suggests the following tips for tidying up your finances. Get to know your credit report better. Dedicate spring cleaning time as the annual time to review your credit report, which you can get for …Read More

Credit Counselor Dunn: Debt Relief and Stress Relief

By Cliff Goldstein Career experts often say the key to professional success is finding a vocation that matches your passion. By that measure alone, Robert Dunn is a success. As a credit counselor for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Dunn spends his days helping people understand their finances and make better decisions about their money. “My strength, and what makes my heart beat, is helping people who need help,” says …Read More

NFCC Receives $2.3 Million Housing Grant

By Bruce McClary The NFCC is pleased to announce that it has received a grant award totaling $2.3 million from NeighborWorks® America to support foreclosure prevention efforts through its member agencies. The NFCC grant is part of $44.8 million in federally appropriated funds awarded through NeighborWorks® America’s National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program to 18 HUD approved Housing Counseling Intermediaries, 25 State Housing Finance Agencies, and 68 community-based NeighborWorks® organizations to …Read More

Options Besides Cable or Satellite TV

By Lauralynn Mangis Cable prices are getting pretty ridiculous these days. It’s not only the cable packages, but the pay-per-view movies as well. Satellite services can be just as expensive as cable television. Many people are looking for other options because their monthly bills are getting too costly. If you’re on a budget then your cable and telephone bills should be the first place you look to make some cut-backs. The …Read More

Making Sure Loved Ones Are Prepared for Their Retirement Years

By Jason Alderman If a senior relative faces a sudden, debilitating illness or starts losing control of everyday finances, would you know where his or her retirement, estate and long-term care issues stand? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. In many families, it takes a crisis – a prolonged hospital stay or problems at home with neglected maintenance and bills or even evidence of fraud – to instigate …Read More