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Ask An Expert: Should I Withdraw Money From My 401(k) to Pay Off Debt?

Dear reader, Paying off your debts with your 401(k) is not as practical and beneficial as it sounds, especially when you may have other avenues available to manage and eliminate your debt. If you are younger than 59 ½ when you withdraw money from your 401(k), you will be hit with a 10 % upfront early withdrawal fee and you will have to pay income tax on the amount you …Read More

Ask An Expert: How can I build credit if I have no credit history?

Q. How can I build credit if I have no credit history? Dear Reader, Establishing your credit history for the first time can seem like a daunting task. Your lack of credit history tells creditors that you have no experience with credit and they may not want to risk lending you money. So how do you break the cycle? Well, your best option is to apply for a secured card. …Read More

Ask An Expert: What steps should I take to prepare as a first-time homebuyer?

Q. What steps should I take to prepare as a first-time homebuyer? Dear reader: The prospect of becoming a home owner is very exciting and it’s the beginning of a long-term financial commitment, probably one of your biggest. Many first-time homebuyers find the process a lot trickier than expected, so it’s wise to be prepared to ensure you will have a successful experience. Here are some tips to help you …Read More

The Different Chapters of Bankruptcy Explained

Most people in the United States are familiar with the term bankruptcy. Bankruptcy, handled in the federal courts, can help a person get rid of any debt they have or make a plan to repay it. However, can you tell the differences between each of the different chapters of bankruptcy? There are six chapters of bankruptcy in the United States, Chapter 7, Chapter 9, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 13 …Read More

Why it Matters if a Credit Counseling Agency is NFCC®Certified

As part of Financial Literacy Month, we are doing a series on what it means to be certified by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, why it matters, and when you should seek credit counseling. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) was founding in 1951. It is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people’s financial wellbeing. Membership with the NFCC demonstrates a member’s commitment to provide a …Read More

5 Myths About Credit Counseling

 By Steve Nitz NFCC member agencies provide financial education to millions of consumers each year. These appointments can be either in person, over the phone or online. However, there’s a good amount of the country’s population that’s afraid to schedule a counseling appointment due to a number of misconceptions. Here are five myths about credit counseling, debunked: I. Credit counseling will hurt your credit score Possibly the biggest misconception when …Read More

Researchers from The Ohio State University reveal the impact of credit counseling.

Since its launch in 2013, the Sharpen Your Financial Focus (Sharpen) initiative of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has impacted the lives of more than 60,000 American consumers, helping them identify and resolve immediate financial concerns, gain a deeper understanding of financial literacy and debt management, and move toward long-term financial stability. To measure the extent of its impact, an independent, scientifically based evaluation was conducted by researchers at …Read More

Credit Counselor Hefferon: Smiles Are Her Reward

By Cliff Goldstein When Sunshine Hefferon answers the phone at work, she doesn’t know what the caller’s mood, motivation, or state of mind will be. “I might get someone who’s crying because they’re at wits’ end. I might get someone who’s angry, and I have to remember it’s not about me. You have to meet each person where they are. I try my best to listen, to validate them.” Hefferon …Read More

Credit Counselor Nitzsche: Once Helped, Now He Helps

By Cliff Goldstein Like a lot of young adults, Thomas Nitzsche was able to get approved for several credits cards with high spending limits when he was in his early 20s. And like a lot of people, Nitzsche soon found himself buried under a mountain of debt. “I always maintained good credit, but I was facing about $10,000 in combined debt,” Nitzsche says of that stressful period a decade ago. …Read More

Start Making Some Money Plans

By Sara Gilbert, GreenPath Debt Solutions Why do we wait to take action? Especially when the chips are down and decisions are difficult, taking action can be tough indeed. Doing nothing, though, has its own set of consequences, so why do we wait? In our counseling sessions at GreenPath, many if not most clients, tell us that they waited quite some time before making an appointment with one of our …Read More