Credit, Credit Cards & Debt

Protect Yourself from Buyer’s Remorse

This blog post is part of a series for National Consumer Protection Week

When you buy something it’s hard to know if you’re getting the best deal – and that includes when military families, who are often targets for marketers, are making big financial decisions. Even though some companies might try to take advantage of people, there are things servicemembers can do to make sure they’re getting their money’s worth. Continue Reading >

Tweet Your Consumer Questions to the Experts

Got questions about debt collection, identity theft or online safety? Here’s your chance to get them answered, live, by consumer protection experts.

On Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 PM EST, the Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration and the Federal Trade Commission and will host a Twitter chat to answer your questions about debt collection, guarding against identity theft, protecting yourself and loved ones online, and other consumer protection topics. Continue Reading >

Start Small, Think Big – Military Saves

If you’re a member of the military community – or you work with servicemembers and their families – you’ll want to know about Military Saves, a campaign to persuade military families to save money every month.  Managed by the Consumer Federation of America, Military Saves has been part of the Department of Defense’s Financial Readiness Campaign since 2003. While Military Saves is a year-round effort, DoD has designated this as Military Saves Week to bring extra attention to saving and financial readiness. Continue Reading >

Take the America Saves Challenge!

The 2013 America Saves Challenge is part of America Saves Week, which started today and will run through March 2. Continue Reading >

Free NCPW 2013 Events in the Cleveland Area

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is once again marking its calendar for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). This year, NCPW will be March 3-9. Along with its federal, state, and local partners, the FTC will kickoff NCPW on Monday, March 4, 11:00 a.m., at Tower City in downtown Cleveland. Get FREE information and resources at the Tower City kickoff event or at any of these FREE local NCPW events:

 

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

What: Free Brief Advice and Referral Clinic at the Langston Hughes Center Continue Reading >

NAACP Hosts Series of Financial Planning Workshops

Join the NAACP Washington, DC Branch for a series of financial management workshops on Saving & Investment, Retirement, Estate Planning and College Planning.  These workshops are free and open to the public. Continue Reading >

Are you up for the America Saves Challenge?

Saving money is a lot like losing weight: Setting a goal is the first step. Staying on track can be more of a challenge. Sometimes you need a little support and encouragement. And that’s where the America Saves Challenge can help. Continue Reading >

Avoid Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

The FTC is mailing hundreds of refund checks to consumers duped by a debt relief services company that ran an extensive credit card interest rate reduction scamContinue Reading >

It’s Your Money

When you were in school, did you learn about managing your money? I remember learning how to write a check — strangely enough, in music class — but that was about it. Continue Reading >

It Pays to Check Your Credit Report

The FTC recently completed its fifth national study on the accuracy and completeness of consumer credit reports. A credit report includes information on where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued, or have filed for bankruptcy. Nationwide consumer reporting companies sell the information in your report to creditors, insurers, employers, and other businesses that use it to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or renting a home. Continue Reading >

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