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Money Talk

Tips and Tricks to help you make better decisions and live your best financial life.

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Watch Out for Covid-19 Scams

Since 2020, cybercriminals have sent several types of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these scams exploit fears about the pandemic to trick people into acting impulsively. These scams may appear to come from trusted organizations and may seem to contain important health information.

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Creating a Budget Around Needs and Wants

You know you're adulting when you've actually scheduled time in your day to not only think about budgeting, but actual sit down and set up a budget to live by. It's a scary time, whether you're just starting on the adulting thing, or you know in your heart it should have started decades ago. But budgets don't have to be difficult or scary. This post gives you some tips to get started!

 

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Utility Expenses - Stay Cool! (Saving money on air conditioning)

Not long ago, people lived in un-air-conditioned houses as a general rule. Yes, they sweated, and spent time in the shade, or darkened rooms. But these days many people dream about having a home or an apartment with air conditioning. If that's you, this post provides a lot of great tips and things to consider when you're looking for ways to stay cool!

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Does a credit inquiry affect my credit report?

We hear this question frequently from people looking for a quote on a mortgage, or to speak to us about a mortgage. You'll be happy to know that mortgage inquiries and credit reports pulled for a mortgage application, pre-qualification, or even as part of the quote process really don't make that much of a difference. This post provides support of that answer from both Experian and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Creating Multiple Income Streams - the kids edition

A big part of the wealth game is limiting your liabilities and maximizing assets.

In other words, your goal is to have less going out and more coming in.

It's the "more coming in" part that I'd like to talk about in this post. More coming in for you and more coming in for your kids.

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Online Dating Scams

Online dating has become a popular way of meeting others and getting to "know" them before meeting up. And, there there is no shortage of data apps available.  But, you must be careful because online dating leaves room for scammers to also get to "know you" and obtain personal information about you. 

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How to Avoid a Scam

Our experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute teamed with security pros to round up smart strategies that will help keep your family safe from potential scams and fraud. These tips will help protect you on the phone, via email, in person and beyond.

 

 

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Microsoft 365 Users Targeted with Fake Voicemails

Cybercriminals continue to find new ways to trick users and steal their credentials. Sometimes, they even recycle decades-old tools that were never intended to be malicious. Learn more how cybercriminals attack Microsoft 365 users with malicious files.

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Utility Expenses - Gotta Light? (Lowering Your Energy Costs)

Did you read my "What's Heating You?" post? If so, you discovered the many alternatives for heating your home and reducing your overall heating costs. Thankfully, heating isn't the only utility that has seen advancement and offers multiple ways to save. Ways to reduce energy costs, reduce your carbon footprint, and transition to renewable, sustainable energy, are all around us. You just need to know where to look!

 

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