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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.

Single Mom Tackles Over $80,000 of Debt with Credit Counseling Help

  By Mark Foster Carmen Harmon of Rogers, a single mom of three children who went through an emotionally difficult divorce that sent her finances into a downward spiral, was selected as the COA Debt Free Client of the Year. In the years following the divorce, she had accumulated $82,000 of credit card debt. She also bought a home, but was unable to sell her previous home, so she was …Read More

How to Start Saving an Emergency Fund

 By Joey Johnston Financial experts agree it’s a good idea — really, a necessity — for all consumers to build an emergency fund that covers three to six months of living expenses. It prevents a bad situation from becoming a catastrophe if there’s a job loss or unexpected financial circumstances. But what if you have no emergency fund — as in zero? What happens if there are no savings, no …Read More

3 Tips for Budgeting as a Couple

 By Lauren Lovett, Certified Credit Counselor and Grant Writer for Navicore Solutions  Finances play a vital role in relationships.  When it comes to managing a household together, it is important to work as a team. These three tips can help! I. Be honest and open about all sources of income, expenses, debts and assets. You have selected one another to be partners in life, and therefore, partners in managing finances. …Read More

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

 By Steve Nitz Let’s say you have two issues you’re looking to take care of: issue No. 1 being that you want to start getting on that diet you’ve talked about for years, and No. 2 being that you’re also in a crunch to start saving money. When it comes to shopping at the grocery store, eating healthy can get expensive. Here are five ways you can eat healthy and …Read More

How to Get on the Path of Financial Freedom: 6 Tips to start saving more and spending less

 By Lauren Lovett, Certified Credit Counselor and Grant Writer for Navicore Solutions If you are like many Americans, you may find that the achievement of your dreams often comes at an expense. Whether your goal is to own a home, become an entrepreneur, or travel the world, you need a sense of financial freedom.  You do not need to have a lot of money to be financially free, you just …Read More

The NFCC Congratulates NerdWallet for their Recent Award

 By Tara Carter Congratulations to our friends at NerdWallet for their Honorable Mention in the Most Innovative Non-Bank Financial Services Organization category at the 2016 BAI Global Banking Innovation Awards! Those nominated for this award are non-bank financial service organizations that provide financial products or services directly to consumers.[i] NerdWallet stood out among many others with their free online Checking Account Tool that evaluates 14 inputs from users against more than …Read More

10 Ways to Fall into Savings this Autumn

 By Lauralynn Mangis, Online Marketing Specialist at Advantage Credit Counseling It’s back-to-school time and every family is looking for ways to cut costs and save a little extra money during the fall season. With the majority of everyone’s budgets being stretched thin due to the back-to-school necessities, it’s important to cut costs when and where you can. Here are some quick and easy ways to save money this Autumn: 1. …Read More

5 Myths About Credit Counseling

 By Steve Nitz NFCC member agencies provide financial education to millions of consumers each year. These appointments can be either in person, over the phone or online. However, there’s a good amount of the country’s population that’s afraid to schedule a counseling appointment due to a number of misconceptions. Here are five myths about credit counseling, debunked: I. Credit counseling will hurt your credit score Possibly the biggest misconception when …Read More

5 Tips for Improving Your Financial Literacy

By Jessica Kane Americans are struggling with financial literacy. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation, which completes national studies on financial capability, reports that current financial education is not enough to make us money smart. According to their reports, Millennials and young adults were the groups with the most to learn about financial matters. Lack of financial literacy can spell trouble, often resulting in bad money decisions, lack of savings, and …Read More

52% Of Millennials Engage In Expensive Credit Card Behaviors

 By Robert Harrow A new study released earlier this week by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation reveled that a majority of millennials use credit cards in an expensive way. They are more likely than the rest of the population to pay late fees or take out cash advances. These are avoidable expenses no one should pay. For millennials, these practices put a strain on their finances, making it more difficult to budget or establish a …Read More