Put the Freeze on Holiday Scams

You’re not the only one kicking things into high gear this time of year. “Naughty elves” are heating up their efforts to steal private financial data from unsuspecting shoppers by masquerading as trusted companies. The criminals behind these schemes are using tactics to trick consumers into gifting them bank account credentials, credit card details and other sensitive information.

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Count the Cost of Convenience

Restaurant food delivery. Delis. Prepackaged grocery store meals. It’s easy to choose options that save time or reduce effort, especially when you’re in a rush or exhausted at the end of a long workday. But relying too much on conveniences may hurt your budget.

Here are three ways choosing convenience can affect your finances.

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Teach Your Teens to Save

According to recent statistics, 73% of American teens said they’d like to know more about personal finances..1 And while many said they get money tips through a variety of sources – parents, school, social media – 75% didn’t feel confident about that knowledge. As a parent, you may feel the same way at times, trying to manage your money during the pandemic, now inflation. But helping your kids become savers is one of the best gifts you can give them. It’s the foundation of building lasting financial well-being.

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When to Start Thinking About Life Insurance

Although you may find it difficult to think about purchasing life insurance when you’re young and healthy, you should consider it for two reasons: first, this will likely be the time when a policy is most affordable; and second, this will likely also be the time when your absence can have the greatest financial impact on your family. If you have dependents or provide your family’s sole financial support, a life insurance policy can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved ones will be taken care of if you’re unable to do so.
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