Author: Deb Hipp

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Don’t be fooled by these scammers pretending to be the feds

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Government impostor scams decreased in 2021 after peaking during the pandemic, but scam victims still lost twice as much money that year to fake government agents, …

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Seniors, don’t get ripped off by these scams

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  As summer approaches, now is a great time to remind older adults, along with their relatives or caregivers, that scammers love to prey on seniors, whom they …

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Here’s why fewer Americans are planning on taking summer vacations

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  Fewer Americans now compared to those surveyed in 2021 rate their financial situation positively, according to Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance poll conducted in April 2022. …

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5 steps to fraud-proof your finances

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  Consumers lost more than $5.8 billion in 2021 to fraud, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). That’s a 70 percent increase over fraud loss in 2020, …

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Is this the world’s most evil money scam?

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Business email compromise (BEC) is one of the most “financially damaging” online crimes, according to the FBI. With a BEC scam, the criminal sends what looks like …

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Can’t pay your credit card bills? Do this now

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  If you’ve racked up too much credit card debt during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Around 42 percent of consumers added to their credit card debt since …

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7 simple ways to save $100 every month

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How would you like to have an extra $100 or more every month? If that seems impossible, don’t be too quick to assume that your budget …

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5 ways to help Ukrainians without getting scammed

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With wildfires raging through Western states, Hurricane Ida battering Louisiana and endless tragedies on the nightly news, it’s natural to want to donate to organizations that …

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8 ways to save cash on gas

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  If you’re like most Americans, you probably grit your teeth while you watch the ticker on the gas pump until it finally stops at a …

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Charity scammers are at it again, this time for Ukraine

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Like millions of people around the world, you’ve probably been moved by the suffering, despair and displacement of the people of Ukraine caused by Russia’s ongoing …

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Always paying your bills late? Here’s how to stop

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If you put off paying certain bills each month because you dread the experience, don’t be too hard on yourself. Lots of people procrastinate when it …

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Think the RV life is for you? Not so fast

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Have you ever fantasized about hitting the highway in a recreational vehicle (RV)? If so, don’t let your sense of adventure override common sense when it …

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7 questions to ask before hiring a tax preparer

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Now that tax season for filing 2021 taxes is upon us, you may be eager to get federal and state income taxes filed and put that …

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8 budgeting mistakes to avoid in 2022

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Are you unable to stick to a monthly budget but unsure what’s holding you back? Or maybe you’re ready to get your finances on track in …

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Stupid money mistakes young people make

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When you’re in your 20s, making regrettable financial decisions may be the last thing on your mind. After all, you’ll never have a better body, higher …

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9 ways to fight the rising price of groceries

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If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably noticed your grocery bills climb to crazy heights during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past 12 months, all of …

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6 painless ways to build savings in 2022

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If you’ve tried to build an emergency fund or other savings in the past but never saved more than a few hundred dollars before withdrawing most of it …

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4 ways to build emergency savings fast in 2022

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Have you tried without success to build emergency savings? Maybe pandemic financial hardship got in your way for the last two years or you just never could commit. …

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What really happens if you don’t pay medical bills on time

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  Are past due notices from the hospital or doctor’s office piling up on your dining room table? It may be tempting to swipe the whole …

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Are your fears keeping you in debt?

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  If you’ve been dogged by debt for years, or maybe even decades, don’t think you must resign yourself to a lifetime of credit card, student …

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How to handle the stress of caring for elderly loved-ones

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Are you raising your own kids while also acting as a caregiver for an aging parent? If so, you’re what’s known as a “sandwich generation” caregiver, …

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6 bad habits that are keeping you from building that all-important emergency fund

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Have you tried to save at least 3 to 6 months’ worth of living expenses in an emergency savings account for years without success? If so, …

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6 steps for vetting a debt settlement company

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  6 Steps for Vetting a Debt Settlement Company If you’re carrying such a large amount of debt that it seems like you’ll never be able …

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Is that ‘sugar momma’ a scammer?

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5 pros & cons of automated bill payment

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  There was a time when we all had to scratch out a check every month and stick it in the mail to pay monthly bills. …

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Retirees: Don’t fall for these fake government scams

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During the pandemic, most Americans got used to receiving at least some free money from the federal government in the form of two rounds of stimulus …

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Boomer romance: How to tell if that dating site is a scam

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Now that many COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, you may be vaccinated and ready to get back into the dating scene. Maybe you’ve already started looking for …

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Are you facing eviction? Here’s what you need to know

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  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new moratorium on evictions of tenants on August 3, 2021. The order, which expired on Oct. 3, applies to …

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Behind on bills? 4 ways to catch up

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Are you juggling utility shut-off notices while fielding calls about overdue payments from creditors or collection agencies? If so, you’re not alone. About 30 percent of households across all …

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Medical identity theft: Here’s how to protect yourself

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Most people know to be on the lookout for identity theft, which can result in thieves charging purchases to stolen debit or credit card numbers, compromising …