Are you constantly worrying about money? Learn how to manage your financial stress.

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The State of Savings: Mississippi

State of Savings in Mississippi

Today, even though the U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since the year 2000, millions of people in the U.S. are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to find financial stability. The economy is strong, and people feel secure in their jobs, yet the majority of people simply do not have enough […]

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The Relationship Between Money and Happiness: Can Your Income Solve Your Problems?

Money and happiness: Father and son

We may have been told that money can’t buy happiness, but research shows that for most of us—at least up to a point—the two really are linked. In January 2018, the journal Nature Human Behavior published a study that that says individuals reach a point of “income satiation” when they earn between $60,000 and $75,000 […]

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Could Your Student Loans Be the Key to Building Your Emergency Savings?

Student looking at computer at student loan debt

It’s not hard to believe that people who have managed to set aside money in case of emergencies enjoy a greater sense of “financial wellbeing.”  Freedom from worrying about the “what ifs” and a sense of pride in achieving a monetary goal would make anyone feel good. In reality, however, barely half of Americans have […]

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Impact of Student Debt on Young Employees

the impact of student debt on young employees infographic

Young workers are worried about repaying their student debt, according to a recent survey by American Student Assistance®, a private nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to education. They are highly stressed out about debt, which is impacting their productivity at work. The Young Workers and Student Debt survey polled 502 young workers […]

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How (and What) to Negotiate with Your Credit Card Company

Credit cards: How to negotiate with your credit card company

Most credit card holders think that late fees, annual charges, and interest rates are set in stone. Yet a 2017 survey by CreditCards.com found that 84% of cardholders who picked up the phone and asked for better terms were told “yes.” When negotiating with credit card companies, it helps to have a strong credit history […]

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Financial Literacy Month: It’s Not Just Money, It’s Your Life

Imagine your spouse of 30 years dies suddenly of a heart attack, and amid your fog of grief, you don’t realize you haven’t paid your power bill for three months. The power company is threatening to shut your lights off, and you don’t have the money because you drained your savings account to pay for […]

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What to Do When You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

Woman who can't pay taxes

1. File on time. This can be the hardest step—and the most important. The IRS charges penalties for failure to file taxes and for failure to pay them. Avoid the late-filing fee, even if you can’t pay what you owe. For 2018, tax returns are due on April 17, which gives you two additional days […]

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SafetyNet Encourages America to Save in 2018

If you have less than $500 in your savings account, you are not alone. According to one Bankrate survey, 63% of respondents do not have $500 in savings to pay for an unexpected expense such as a sudden car repair or medical bill. While having low savings is common among Americans, you may be surprised […]

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Options for Paying Student Loans Between Jobs

Young man concerned about student loan debt

If you make hefty student loan payments each month, you’re not alone. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers in their 20s is $351—more than $4,200 per year. That’s a lot of fancy computers, tropical vacations, and down payments sacrificed. The good news is that higher education is almost sure to boost your lifetime […]

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Life with a SafetyNet (and without)

Life with a SafetyNet and without a SafetyNet

Check out our infographic featuring two stories of Dave, who unexpectedly got laid off from his job. As you can see, life with a SafetyNet is a lot easier. Do you have a financial safety net in place? PSIC-P1.0-B2-013018