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Alerts and News - 2020 Archive

Just Say No

Amazon has announced that its annual Prime Day — featuring discounts galore — will be October 13 and 14. During that two-day span, you might be tempted to spend on everything that seems to be even a remotely good deal. However, as The New York Times reports, there are some items you should avoid during Prime Day. Let’s review them.

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Happy Home Hunting

The housing market is one thing that the pandemic has not slowed down. According to the National Realtors Association, in July, 68 percent of houses were sold in less than three weeks and the median price of homes was up 8.5 percent compared to last year. It’s a seller’s market, so first-time buyers should be extra smart. Here are some tips to follow so that you don’t overspend on a home.

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Financial Scam Alert

The latest scams are looking to take advantage of the swirling chaos around you. The pandemic has turned the world upside down. Thieves know that and they are coming out of the woodwork. Here’s what you need to know about the new round of cons.

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Protect Your Budget

The coronavirus has hurt the nation’s economy and it has likely impacted your finances as well. While a recession is out of your control, you can take steps to tighten things up at home. Here are some tips to recession-proof your budget.

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Social Saver

Social distancing’s major benefit is that it is slowing the spread of the coronavirus. But there’s another upside of this new (hopefully, temporary) way of life: It can save you money. Let’s look at some items you’re likely spending way less on thanks to the fact that you’re not out and about as normal.

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Food Smarts: How to Start and Stick to Your Grocery Budget

According to the Department of Agriculture, in 2018, Americans spent an average of 5 percent of their disposable income on groceries. Now that the nation is in the midst of a pandemic, that percentage is certainly increasing. Perhaps, during this time of increased home cooking, you’ve found yourself struggling to budget for groceries. Here are some ways to do just that.

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Coronavirus Scams To Be Aware Of

Scammers are opportunistic, so naturally they are creating fraud based around coronavirus worries. Here are some COVID-19-related scams that authorities have spotted recently.

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