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5 Smart Ways to Use the Latest Stimulus Payment

On Thursday, March 12, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan to help Americans manage the financial implications and many other aspects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A major part of this legislation calls for Americans to receive a third round of stimulus funds directly from the government. Individuals earning up to $75,000 […]

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How to Bounce Back After Unemployment

Record numbers of Americans have faced unemployment over the past year. Not to mention how what we think of as “going to work” has changed drastically as working from home has become the norm for many. Fortunately, the availability of multiple vaccines and continuing mitigation measures appear to have us on the path to a […]

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How to Negotiate Bills During the Pandemic

As we inch toward normalcy more than a year into the pandemic, many Americans are still dealing with the economic impact it has created. Whether it’s unemployment, reduced income or dealing with the medical bills after suffering COVID, individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet. Negotiating bills during the pandemic is one way […]

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The Most Important Financial Lessons of 2020

As we bid farewell to 2020 (not a moment too soon), one thing is sure: it was a year filled with learning experiences. And many of those lessons were financial in nature. Let’s take a look at the biggest financial lessons of 2020, and how we can use what we’ve learned in 2021 and beyond. […]

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Get Ready for COVID-19 Student Loan Forbearance to End

Unless congress passes additional coronavirus relief legislation soon, the student loan forbearance provided by the CARES Act ends on January 31. That means federal student loan borrowers should plan to resume making monthly student loan payments in February, 2022. Unfortunately, the pandemic continues, and many borrowers find themselves unemployed or making much less than they […]

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Vacation Canceled? Use the Funds to Support Your Financial Goals

Many consumers have had their travel plans sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you had money saved for a trip this year you didn’t end up taking, you might be wondering how to best use those funds to help you reach your financial goals. Here are several constructive things to do with your unused vacation […]

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How to Adjust to Adult Kids Coming Home During the Pandemic

As Americans continue to struggle with the economic effects of the ongoing pandemic, many adult kids are moving back in with their parents to save money. This follows a similar trend during the Great Recession when so-called “boomerang kids” needed to move home after graduating from college into a sub-optimal job market. For most, the […]

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How to Spot Work-from-Home Scams

Work-from-home scams have become more common than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. With promises of high salaries and easy work, these scams are designed to drain your bank account or steal your identity. That’s not to say there aren’t legitimate opportunities to work at home. But you have to do your research and know how […]

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Avoid These 5 Pandemic Money Mistakes

There’s no doubt 2020 has been one of most unsettling years in recent memory. For many, it’s meant job loss or reduced income. And even if you’ve maintained full employment over the last several months, staying focused has been challenging. All this has led to people making some common pandemic money mistakes. Let’s see what […]

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Tips to Prepare Yourself for a Career Change

Whether pushed into it as a result of job loss or you’re simply ready to try something new, preparing for a career change is challenging and exciting. Let’s look at some tips to help make it a smooth transition. Narrow Your Field of Focus You might have a plan in mind and know exactly the […]

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