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Meet ALICE

Meet ALICE

By Janie Ginocchio You might be thinking, “I only know one person named ALICE and she’s my 86-year-old great aunt.” That’s surely true, but what’s true, too, is that ALICE is your waitress at your favorite diner, the lovely people who help you get your groceries to...

Customer Alert: COVID-19 Online Shopping Scams

Customer Alert: COVID-19 Online Shopping Scams

Face masks, toilet paper, and other essential items are in high demand right now. Be careful of deals that seem too good to be true. The Federal Trade Commission gives tips on how to shop online responsibly: Check out the company or product by typing its name in a...

Talking about Poverty: Chained CPI

Talking about Poverty: Chained CPI

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blog posts to critically examine how poverty is defined, measured, and talked about, and how those conversations influence public policy. The economic ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought how the U.S....

Keeping Your Credit Strong during a Pandemic

Keeping Your Credit Strong during a Pandemic

By Charlestien Harris Hello again my financial fitness trainees!  As you know, we’ve been discussing the importance of lowering expenses and prioritizing bills.  Being able to stay current on bills can become increasingly challenging as the COVID-19 crisis...

Don’t Let High Bill Payments Weigh You Down

Don’t Let High Bill Payments Weigh You Down

Hello everyone! I am Charlestien Harris, certified housing and credit counselor, and I’m back again to talk about finances. The coronavirus has destroyed many budgets and affected the normal flow of income for a number of households. Previously, I talked about bill...

Customer Alert: COVID-19 Online Shopping Scams

Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Scams By The Numbers

Scammers adapt to the latest issues even in this time of crisis. The Bureau of Consumer Protection has compiled the latest data on COVID-19 related scams. Here are the highlights: From January 1 until today, the FTC has gotten 18,235 reports related to COVID-19, and...

Building Wealth and the CARES Act: Some Points to Remember

Building Wealth and the CARES Act: Some Points to Remember

By James Owen Building wealth doesn’t happen overnight. But over the next few days, you’ll likely have to make some decisions that could help you build long-term wealth. In late March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act....