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Springboard Encourages Consumers to Set Financial Goals

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Riverside, CA (PRWEB) February 23, 2015 Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (“Springboard”) is urging individuals and families to assess their saving status this America Saves Week to ensure they are on track to reach their financial goals. America Saves Week, nationally recognized February 23 – 28, 2015, serves as an annual reminder to consumers to both promote good savings ... Read More »

    Savingforcollege.com 529 Plan Performance Rankings Show Winners

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    Pittsford, New York (PRWEB) February 23, 2015 Strong and consistent investment performance from direct-sold 529 plans in the District of Columbia, Alaska, Utah, and New York make them stand-outs in a newly-released set of 529-plan performance rankings. Savingforcollege.com’s 529 Composite Performance Rankings are based on one-, three-, five- and ten-year investment performance of all 529 plans through December 31, 2014. ... Read More »

      Debt Consolidation USA Explains How A New Child Affects The Budget

      I personally hate the process of data gathering and tracking spending, but that doesn't mean it's not a critical step and something we each have to do in order to make wise decisions.

      Debt Consolidation USA recently shared in an article how the household budget of a family will be affected when they are expecting a new baby. The article lays out some of the most common changes in the budget to help families manage their expectations and to prepare better for them. New York, NY (PRWEB) February 22, 2015 Debt Consolidation USA ... Read More »

        Why Are Borrowers With Less Student Loan Debt More Likely To Default?

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        (Xavier J. Peg ☠) Just days after the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that student loan delinquency rates were once again on the rise, a new Fed report finds it’s student loan borrowers with the lowest levels of debt who typically are the most delinquent. The FRBNY reports that it’s often the people with the least amount of ... Read More »

          These Apps Can Help You Painlessly Save Money

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          You know you should be saving consistently, but you just can’t seem to remember to do it. Automating your finances — meaning you set up your funds to be moved from your checking to savings account each month — can help you save without thinking about it. Two new savings apps — Digit and Acorns — have launched recently to ... Read More »

            Andrews Federal Credit Union Scholarship Program Now Open

            Local Credit Union ATM

            Credit Union to award eight $ 1,500 non-renewable college scholarships. Deadline for submission is April 23, 2015. (PRWEB) February 20, 2015 Andrews Federal Credit Union announced the opening of its 2015 Scholarship Program. Eight $ 1,500 non-renewable college scholarships are available to students who are Andrews Federal members or dependents of members in good standing as of February 1, 2015. ... Read More »

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

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              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

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                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

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                        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?

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                              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 »

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