Good Credit is Your Safety Net

A healthy savings account is your best defense against life’s curve balls. But sometimes setting aside some money every paycheck isn’t enough. Especially when you’re just starting out in life. In addition to a savings account, a credit score safety net can provide the security you need in a financial emergency. A good credit score … Continue reading Good Credit is Your Safety Net

What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Debt? Snowball vs Avalanche Method

Debt is the ultimate misery. It can destroy a budget, make long-term financial planning impossible, and make you feel guilty for every purchase you make. No one wants to live with that debt burden. But how do you efficiently get rid of it? Let’s look at two common approaches to paying down debt. The Debt … Continue reading What’s the Best Way to Pay Off Debt? Snowball vs Avalanche Method

How to Spot Coronavirus Stimulus Check Scams and Fraud

As with any public crisis, the spread of the coronavirus has created a new crop of hackers -- targeting people who are awaiting their stimulus check, who are working from home and who are just trying to stay healthy. Be on the lookout for a surge of calls, texts, and email phishing attempts about the coronavirus, which can lead to tax-related fraud … Continue reading How to Spot Coronavirus Stimulus Check Scams and Fraud

Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Here’s What You Need to Know

When President Trump signed the CARES Act, into law, he initiated a $2 trillion stimulus package and part of that package is one-time cash payments of up to $1,200 to Americans who qualify. An extra $1,200, sounds great, right? But with the announcement of the cash came the questions: What is it? Who gets it? … Continue reading Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Here’s What You Need to Know

Keeping Yourself Safe From Fraud and Scams

With the news about the coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to remind you that during media-intense events like this, cyber attackers try to take advantage of the situation. Don’t let them. Here are some popular scams to keep an eye out for:   Charity Scams.  During a crisis nonprofits and fundraisers are often called upon to … Continue reading Keeping Yourself Safe From Fraud and Scams

Five Myths About Wills and Probate

Most of us don't know a lot about the law of wills, trusts, or probate--after all, they're topics none of us really want to deal with. But we should all know the basics, and we should know enough to recognize common myths when we run across them. Here are a few misconceptions that keep coming … Continue reading Five Myths About Wills and Probate

4 Safety Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

Do you want to avoid long lines and large crowds this holiday season? Shopping online lets you zip through your list with just a few clicks. Before whipping out your plastic, however, you’ll want to make sure you’re shopping on a secure site. Below are a few tips on how to stay safe when shopping … Continue reading 4 Safety Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

Staying Safe at the ATM: Avoiding Card Skimming

If you are anything like me, you rarely let your credit card out of your sight, so how do bad guys get your credit card information? If you use ATM machines, you’re at risk for card skimming. Card skimming is the practice of thieves stealing personal information from your bank card and it can take … Continue reading Staying Safe at the ATM: Avoiding Card Skimming

4 Identity Protection Tips for Summer Vacation

Have big summer travel plans? Warm weather, sunny beaches, and theme parks – these are the hallmarks of summer vacation. Unfortunately, so is identity theft. Vacationers often unknowingly leave their personal information exposed to thieves while traveling, which can turn a worry-free break into a prolonged and stressful fight to reclaim a stolen identity. Before … Continue reading 4 Identity Protection Tips for Summer Vacation