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Every client has a story. Setbacks. Hard work. Success. When you hear their stories you may be surprised at how much of yourself you see in their circumstances. No matter the differences, however, the end result is the same across every story - they decided to make a change and reached their goals as a result. You can do the same.

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We blog about all kinds of financial topics - from the psychology of spending to the simplest ways to cut costs. Browse our extensive backlog of educational articles.

  • If it’s true that nearly everyone has debts to repay, most of us are technically “in debt,” yet only some of us are described that way. The phrase “in debt” seems to be reserved for people who owe too much, but even that is hard to pinpoint. How much is too much?
  • If you've got a collection debt that's about to fall off of your credit report, is it worth paying it off (even if you can)? There are a few factors to consider. Here's what you need to know.
  • Some major debt collection rule changes will be going into effect on November 30, 2021. These updates include helpful protections for consumers, but also open the door for collectors to use email, text messages, and even social media in their attempts to collect on debts.
  • Rent payments with a credit card soared during 2020. While there were good reasons why tenants turned to plastic to get by during an especially challenging time, there are plenty of reasons why you should avoid charging your rent if you can help it.
  • The recent deep freeze in Texas left some residents with historically massive electric bills. If you find yourself stuck with an enormous utility bill as a result of a natural disaster, severe weather event, or smaller scale calamity, here are some of the initial steps you should take to protect your finances.
  • If you're co-signing on a loan, it's usually to help out a friend or family member who doesn't have the credit to qualify on their own. While the intentions are good, co-signing can go south quickly if the other borrower stops making payments. What are your options at that point? Can you be removed from the loan?
  • Credit card technology has taken a leap forward in the past decade-plus, with new features that make transactions faster and safer. But that doesn’t mean your cards won’t fail you at the most inconvenient time. So why do credit and debit cards stop working?
  • When a credit card, utility bill, or other debt goes unpaid long enough, it may end up being “charged off” by the lender. What exactly does that mean, and what does it mean for you? Here's everything you need to know about charged off accounts.
  • The second wave of coronavirus stimulus payments (for $600) have been distributed, but not everyone has received their check. If your payment landed in the wrong account, here's what you need to do.
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