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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, millions of Gulf Coast residents have had their lives turned upside down and are left to pick up the pieces. Although personal safety is still a primary concern for those directly affected, there will come a time when they will have to turn attention to the recovery process. Although…

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A big part of our financial coaching and education is designed for people who are considering homeownership for the first time. To make a good decision about whether pursuing homeownership is the right move, right now, it’s important to compare the differences of being a renter to being a homeowner. Having access to relevant information…

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Many people know when they’re struggling financially. Intuitively, we feel the pressure of not having enough cash to meet all of our obligations. Those of us who live on a cash basis don’t have a choice but to stop spending when the money runs out. Credit and debt distort our intuitions. When things get charged…

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Debt can be daunting and often lead to feelings of helplessness and stress. However, it is important to remember that debt is common for many individuals and there is always hope to move forward and live life on your own terms, completely debt-free. We want to help you break the cycle and conquer your debts—all…

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As we reach mid-2017, the economy shows signs of slight improvement, but in some key areas, we’re falling behind. Household debt in the U.S. has risen to 12.73 trillion dollars, according to the New York Federal Reserve. Nine years ago, when the financial crisis of 2008 erupted, household debt peaked at 12.68 trillion dollars. It…

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If you’re facing debt or looking for ways to make a few extra dollars, then chances are you have too much stuff. Many of us build credit card debt over time with simple purchases that accumulate, filling our house with things and our credit card statements with debt. A yard sale is a great way…

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For most Americans, owning your own home is a dream that can come true. At credit.org, we’ve always advocated that homeownership should be part of your long-term financial plan, helping to build overall wealth and stability while improving your financial security during retirement years. Making the decision to pursue and ultimately become a homeowner is…

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A lot of families rely on their credit cards to pay for their vacations. What they don’t realize is that interest and late fees can add 20 percent to the total cost of their vacation, which could lead to consumers paying for their vacation for months, maybe even years. To avoid carrying the debt from…

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We want to offer some advice for those who want to help Dad—or Mom—with a debt problem. It’s not easy for parents to come to their children with financial troubles. While we all want to help our family when there is a need, there are smarter ways to offer assistance. There are a few things…

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For most people, reliable transportation is about as important as food and shelter. Unless public transportation is really convenient from your home and work, or these two places are really close together, it would be difficult to live without a vehicle of your own.

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When we educate consumers about achieving financial freedom, goals come up early and often. Setting goals is an essential early step for anyone who wants to achieve success, whether that involves financial, personal, career, spiritual or any other area of individual achievement.

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