Ask the Financial Counselor: Navigating Money Setbacks

 By Susana Raya

Susan is a financial expert with GreenPath Financial Wellness, the national nonprofit organization that provides financial counseling, education and products to empower people to lead financially healthy lives. Through their work with GreenPath, Susana has helped people with debt and credit management, homeownership education, and foreclosure prevention.

As the pandemic continues, many Americans are trying to figure out how to juggle expenses, get the most mileage out of unemployment, and keep current with housing and other essentials. And while financial relief programs have helped, whether they’ll be extended to provide further aid is uncertain. Continue reading

Don’t Overlook These Credit Card Perks

If you’ve spent months saving for a big-ticket item like a new refrigerator or a giant flat-screen TV, paying for it with cash might be a mistake. Credit cards offer numerous benefits frequently overlooked in the name of “saving money.” But, not using plastic might wind up costing you big. In fact, your 16-digit account number could be the key to unlocking deep discounts, additional buyer protections, and other money-saving perks.

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4 Credit Card Benefits That Save Time and Money

Credit cards offer more than just a convenient way to pay for things in stores and online. There’s also the increased purchasing power and potential for cash rewards that make them attractive. But, it’s the lesser-known and often underutilized credit card benefits that could hold the key to additional savings. A recent J.D. Power study found that only 36% of credit cardholders1 fully understand all their card’s benefits. Surprisingly, such perks can bring the most value to your finances.

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10 Money Moves to Make in Your 30s

When you head into your 30s, your life is filled with more responsibilities. No matter if you’re single, married, or have started a family, making key financial moves can help you take advantage of financial opportunities and weather setbacks when they occur, because they will. Here are 10 steps that can help you build security and reach your financial goals.

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It’s a Money Thing: 4 Credit Score Myths Debunked

Credit scores are an area of personal finance that seem a lot more mysterious than they actually are. Many people believe that improving them is a matter of trial and error and, as a result, there’s a lot of “credit score advice” floating around that can end up doing more harm than good. Four common credit score myths have been rounded up and debunked below:

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Demystifying Your Credit Score

These three little numbers can mean getting the best interest rates on loans, credit cards, insurance, buying a car or house, or even landing a job. The higher your score, the lower rates you’ll enjoy, and vice versa. But if you have questions about how your credit score is determined, or why you have more than one, you’re not alone. Here are answers to some common questions.
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Five Tips to Get Out of Debt

Content Provided Courtesy of Greenpath Financial Wellness

If you made a New Year’s Resolution to get out of debt, today’s a big day. By mid-January, most resolutions have fizzled.

But — YOU can say, NOT TODAY. If you feel yourself slipping, take a minute for a pep talk, remind yourself that you can do this, and check out our post on goals that stick. Retool that resolution, and get back on the bandwagon, friend. Continue reading

Secure Transactions: Choose the Right Way to Pay

Secure Transactions: Choose the Right Way to Pay 

There are plenty of options to manage your money that are convenient, some more secure than others. When transacting, which option do you choose?For instance, should you use a credit card when shopping online, or is a debit card OK? Should you use a peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app to pay rent or purchasing something? Is it safe to use your debit card with a PIN at the gas station?

If you don’t know the answers, here are some tips to help you stay safe.

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