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The Real Reasons Money Stresses You Out (Regardless of How Much You Have)


By Jan Bruce The APA’s 2015 Stress in America survey was released this month, and I’m curious if you recognize yourself in their findings. First, if you’re female, you’re probably significantly stressed. If you have money worries, you’re likely very stressed. If you’re a woman who has money worries, boy do you have it bad. The fact is, there’s no ... Read More »

    FTC Sends Refund Checks Totaling More Than $464,000 to Consumers Who Lost Money Buying Deceptively Marketed ‘Fat Burning’, ‘Calorie Blocking’ Diet Pills


    More Than 11,500 Checks Are Being Mailed Starting Today The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 11,585 refund checks totaling more than $ 464,000 starting today to consumers who lost money buying dietary supplements deceptively marketed as “fat burning” and “calorie blocking.” These are legitimate checks, and the FTC encourages consumers who receive them to cash them before they expire on ... Read More »

      Debt Consolidation USA Talks About Economical Valentine’s Gifts

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      Debt Consolidation USA recently shared in an article how consumers are considering financial decisions even during the Valentine’s season. The article looks at how consumers factor in their finances even when choosing a gift for their loved ones during special occasions like Valentine’s day. Dallas, TX (PRWEB) February 20, 2015 Debt Consolidation USA recently shared in an article how consumers ... Read More »

        A Modern Family’s Guide to the FAFSA

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        One of my guilty pleasures is the TV show “Modern Family.” This “mockumentary” style comedy pokes fun at what one TV critic described as “the evolving nature of what constitutes ‘family’.” When I do my college planning workshops, I always get asked which parent’s assets to use when filling out the FAFSA form. Considering the many forms that today’s modern ... Read More »

          Baby Boomers and the Dilemma of Facing Retirement

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          In 2006, the group of Americans known as baby boomers (1946-1964) turned 60 years old. Now almost a decade later, a number of them are either heading toward or have entered the retirement phase of their lives. The fact is that this is a transition that is not always as serene as many boomers envision such an experience will be. ... Read More »

            Foundation for Financial Planning Provides Free Financial Planning for Needy


            Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 The Foundation for Financial Planning, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable organization has elected two new trustees to its Board of Trustees: Kristina Hooper, head of U.S. Capital Markets Research & Strategy for Allianz Global Investors and Stewart H. Welch, III, founder and managing member of The Welch Group, LLC. The newly elected Trustees ... Read More »

              The National Foundation for Credit Counseling Supports America Saves Week

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              The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) is proud to support America Saves Week February 23 – 28, 2015. America Saves is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. “Savings is the foundation for financial stability, especially in challenging economic times,” said Bruce McClary, spokesperson for ... Read More »

                New Consumer Advocate Website From Investigative Journalist David Kohn

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                Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 Trusted reporter David Kohn’s new website provides valuable advice on some of the most complex and costly consumer products and services. Kohn, a prize-winning investigative journalist and consumer advocate, has spent his life probing for information, deeply analyzing it, then assembling it in a user-friendly form. Tapping into his journalistic skills, with more ... Read More »

                  Should I Use Tax Credits or Deductions to Save on My Student Loans?


                  By Kaitlin Butler, CommonBond It’s understandable if your eyes are glazing over with tax talk, but it’s time to wake up: you could save thousands of dollars each year by filing for the right tax benefits. If you graduated within the last tax year and have student loans, then you especially stand to gain from education tax benefits. Common benefits ... Read More »

                    10 Tips for Boosting Your Credit Score in 2015

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                    By Paula Pant, contributor Your credit score is more than just a three-digit string of numbers; it holds real power over your ability to rent an apartment, apply for a mortgage, secure a car loan and even get a job. What can you do if your credit score isn’t as great as you’d like it to be? Here are ... Read More »

                      DebtWave Credit Counseling, Inc. Unveils New Website


                      San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 DebtWave Credit Counseling, Inc. introduced their rebranded image to the public in January 2015. Their recently launched website features a redesigned logo and color scheme to accompany their new slogan–“Making Your Life Simple.” Their unofficial mascot, a piggy bank, can be found in their logo as well as in various short videos on ... Read More »

                        National Debt Relief Talks About Efficient Grocery Shopping

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                        National Debt Relief recently shared in an article how consumers can make their grocery shopping as efficient as possible. The article shares some tips for people to use when then next grocery shopping comes around. Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 19, 2015 National Debt Relief recently shared in an article published February 15, 2015 how consumers can make their grocery shopping ... Read More »

                          4 Financial Must-Dos Before Getting Married

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                          Having been married for over 20 years — hello, where did the time go? — Valentine’s Day was, well, just another day. It’s not that I am any less in love. Quite the opposite. And a lot of my peers have the same blasé bias about February 14th, even though they still love their spouses with gusto. It simply no ... Read More »

                            These Inexpensive Homes Could Help Fix Rural America’s Affordable Housing Crisis


                            Students at Auburn University may be turning their home-building expertise into real-world housing market solutions. Since 1993, the university’s Rural Studio Design Workshop has allowed students to ditch the comforts of campus and head to the state’s Black Belt region — where poverty is high and jobs are scarce — to create innovative and affordable housing projects. As City Lab ... Read More »

                              What to Know When Working With the College Financial Aid Office

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                              Paying for college is a major financial commitment for students and their families. Fortunately, there are many sources of financial aid that can help reduce the price tag of a college education. And one of the best places to learn about your options is the college Financial Aid Office. Your Gateway to Information The Financial Aid Office serves as a ... Read More »

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