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21 11, 2021

Webinar Recap: Rebuilding After A Financial Crisis

2021-11-21T21:50:03-06:00November 21st, 2021|Education, Financial|0 Comments

Webinar Recap: Rebuilding After A Financial Crisis Our November financial education webinar focused on the steps you can take to rebuild after a financial crisis. Here are the highlights: BUDGET - Analyze the money coming in and develop a reasonable and goal-oriented plan for what goes out. **TIP: Use a money tracker, like Money Manager inside online [...]

1 11, 2021

Cut These Costs ASAP When Facing Financial Hardship

2021-11-01T11:15:44-05:00November 1st, 2021|Budgeting, Financial|0 Comments

Have you ever unexpectedly found out you’re going to have less income? It’s enough to throw you into a panic!  The best way to get through hard times is to take a few deep breaths and put a plan together. Check out these common targets for quick and effective expense cuts. Food You might find [...]

26 10, 2021

How to Teach Your Kids About Money and Credit

2021-10-26T11:40:10-05:00October 26th, 2021|Budgeting, Education, Financial, Kids Corner|0 Comments

How to Teach Your Kids About Money and Credit In this article: When Should Kids Start Building Credit? How to Help Your Child Build Good Credit Habits How to Teach Your Kids to Be Smart With Money  Getting Your Kids Started With Credit Cards  Can a Child Have a Credit Report and Score? How to [...]

14 10, 2021

5 Tips for a Good Credit Score

2021-10-14T11:49:23-05:00October 14th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Tips to Build (and Maintain) a Good Credit Score Like building a house, constructing a financially stable life requires laying a solid foundation. In difficult economic times like these, though, building that foundation can be a challenge. Good credit remains a core part of any financial foundation. Having good credit can make it easier [...]

4 10, 2021

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous.

2021-10-04T12:09:29-05:00October 4th, 2021|Education, Financial, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Yes, credit cards can be dangerous. But credit cards are also a powerful tool if you know how to use them responsibly.   How credit cards work A credit card is a revolving line of credit that allows you to make charges at any time up to the amount of a specific credit limit. When [...]

29 09, 2021

Webinar: Using Credit Cards Wisely

2021-10-05T11:14:41-05:00September 29th, 2021|Education, Financial, Green Country News, Improving Credit|0 Comments

USING CREDIT CARDS WISELY Join us for a free educational webinar focusing on credit cards! A credit card can be a valuable financial tool. However, before racking up big charges on multiple cards, participants should learn smart ways to handle their credit cards and take a disciplined approach. Register to attend in advance to be [...]

14 07, 2021

Children & credit reports: why parents should start checking

2021-07-14T14:38:54-05:00July 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Identity Theft, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Children and credit reports: why parents should start checking Turning 16 years old marks many milestones for a child: learning to drive, preparing for college, and yes, his or her first credit check. While it may seem counterintuitive (after all, most teens don’t have a credit history), the reality is that identity theft can happen [...]

14 07, 2021

Seven Steps to Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft

2021-07-12T12:26:34-05:00July 14th, 2021|Consumer Protection, Cyber Security, Identity Theft|1 Comment

Seven Steps to Protecting Your Child From Identity Theft It’s a shocking experience thousands of parents have endured: finding out someone else has been using their child’s identity. It’s heartbreaking to think of a young person trying to start out in life with an unjustly tarnished credit history. To guard against a future of frustration [...]

10 05, 2021

Are You in Credit Card Crisis?

2021-05-12T13:01:52-05:00May 10th, 2021|Budgeting, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Are You in Credit Card Crisis? Get a cold, clammy feeling when you think of your credit card bills? If so, you are not alone. 40% of Americans carry credit card debt and the average balance is $5,700. If we exclude people who pay their balances in full every month, the average debt is $9,333. [...]

19 04, 2021

Webinar: Score a better future | credit basics with FICO

2021-04-20T22:13:07-05:00April 19th, 2021|Financial, Improving Credit|0 Comments

Webinar: Score a better future | credit basics with FICO Friday, April 23 @ 11:00 a.m. (CST) We all have financial goals but knowing how to get there can be a challenge. Don’t understand how credit scores impact your financial health, or know your FICO® Score? We want to help! In celebration of Financial Literacy [...]

8 04, 2021

Money Missteps – A Great Thing to Happen to a Kid?

2021-04-08T11:25:14-05:00April 8th, 2021|Budgeting, Kids Corner|0 Comments

Money Missteps - A Great Thing to Happen to a Kid? You Spent Your Money on What?! Any parent with a child old enough to have control over money has probably at least thought that, if not shouted it across a dinner table. While the outrage at a teenager spending an entire pile of birthday [...]

19 02, 2021

Six Factors That Could Hurt Your Credit Score

2021-04-09T10:36:09-05:00February 19th, 2021|Improving Credit|0 Comments

Six Factors That Could Hurt Your Credit Score It's no secret that maintaining a good credit score is essential to strong financial health. It is a must if you ever wish to take out a substantial loan or need to apply for rental properties. Most people know the basics of what may hurt and what [...]

18 02, 2021

What to do if you see something wrong on your credit report

2021-02-18T20:01:34-06:00February 18th, 2021|Improving Credit|0 Comments

What to do if you see something wrong on your credit report Under the FCRA, both the credit reporting company and the information provider (that is, the person, company, or organization that provides information about you to a credit reporting company) are responsible for correcting inaccurate or incomplete information in your report. To take advantage [...]

18 02, 2021

How to get a copy of your credit report

2021-02-18T17:01:58-06:00February 18th, 2021|Improving Credit|0 Comments

How do I get a copy of my credit reports? You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). You can request a copy from AnnualCreditReport.com. You can request and review your free report through one of the following ways: [...]

7 07, 2020

Should I Refinance?

2020-07-08T11:47:53-05:00July 7th, 2020|Budgeting, Home Buying|0 Comments

Even when rates are low, refinancing your mortgage isn't always the right choice. Here are some points to consider before you refinance. Deciding when to refinance your home loan depends on several factors besides whether you can get a better mortgage rate than you already have. And though there are many reasons people refinance their [...]

7 07, 2020

Home Buying 101 – your complete guide

2020-09-01T13:06:21-05:00July 7th, 2020|Budgeting, Financial, Home Buying|1 Comment

Buying a home is at once an exciting and challenging venture. With commitment and planning, you can become a successful homeowner. This post covers everything you need to know to start the home buying process off right, including: Preparing for Homeownership Understanding Mortgages Getting a Loan Searching for a Home and Making an Offer Closing [...]

10 12, 2019

Six Confusing Things About Your Credit Report (and What they Mean)

2019-12-10T10:42:53-06:00December 10th, 2019|Improving Credit|0 Comments

If you’re not used to reading them, credit reports can make about as much sense as a restaurant menu printed in a foreign language. At least in a restaurant, you can point to what someone else is having. But if you don’t know how to read your credit file, you could make mistakes that could [...]

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