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Setting Your Financial Priorities

A look at the factors influencing how we spend and save money.
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Financial Trouble

28 minutes

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What to do if you're in financial trouble, from creating a debt reduction plan to your rights when dealing with debt collectors.

  • Spotting the Signs of Financial Trouble
    Many Americans find themselves in debt, but for some, debt turns into a serious problem with lasting consequences.
  • Dealing with Financial Trouble
    If you ever find yourself experiencing financial trouble, there are steps you can take to get back on track and to minimize the damage to your credit.
  • Debt Reduction Plans
    Whether you do it yourself or work with a credit counselor, creating a debt reduction plan is an important first step for those with financial trouble.
  • Credit Counseling
    The role of credit counseling organizations and how a debt management plan works to restore credit over time.
  • Choosing a Credit Counselor
    The best way to find a good credit counselor is to know what questions to ask.
  • Credit Repair Scams
    There's a big difference between a non-profit credit counseling service and a credit repair scam. Learn how to tell the difference.
  • Debt Collection
    Your rights and responsibilities when dealing with debt collectors.
  • Debt Collection and Legal Actions
    What to expect if you are sued over debt.
  • Understanding Bankruptcy
    The types of bankruptcy and why bankruptcy should be used only as a last resort.
  • Alternative Financial Services
    Understanding why payday loans, check cashing services, and similar services may be bad deals for consumers.
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Borrowing and Credit

17 minutes

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Your decisions about when to borrow, how to borrow, and how to manage debt affect more of your life than you may expect.

  • Credit and Credit Reports
    How to understand and monitor your credit history.
  • Credit Scores
    Credit scores are like a grade for your overall financial responsibility.
  • Risks and Rewards of Credit Cards
    While there are a good number of risks with credit cards, there are also a number of benefits of credit cards.
  • Building and Maintaining Credit
    Understanding the decisions and behaviors that can lead to improved credit scores.
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Budget Basics

29 minutes

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From setting goals to paying off loans, the basics of effective budget management.

  • Setting Goals
    Setting financial goals offers the chance to step back from everyday pressures, allowing us to think about how we’d like to be rather than as how we are.
  • Debt and the Pressure to Spend
    It’s wonderful to have the freedom to buy so many products, but unless you’re rich, the key to happy spending is planned spending.
  • Nudging Yourself Toward Your Goals
    No matter what your financial goal, it's important to have an accountability system in place.
  • Introduction to Budgeting
    Why budgeting is important, no matter how much money you earn.
  • Income and Expenses
    A big part of budgeting is identifying income and listing expenses.
  • Making Sense of Your Budget
    After you've identified your income and tracked your spending, it's time to compare the numbers, gain perspective, set priorities, and make changes.
  • Tracking Your Spending
    Tracking your money can be a powerful way to spot unplanned spending.
  • How to Improve Cash Flow
    Cash flow is a key indicator of your financial health.
  • Money Saving Ideas
    Looking for ideas for ways to save money? Almost everyone can find a way to save using at least one of these tips.
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Identity Theft

14 minutes

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An overview of identity theft, including strategies for preventing it and what to do if it happens to you.

  • Identity Theft
    Understanding ID theft and how to prevent it.
  • Avoiding Identity Theft
    The three Ds of identity protection: Deter, Detect and Defend.
  • Protecting Your Digital Information
    There are many data backup solutions available designed to protect personal information that vary in their security and ease of use.
  • Dealing with Identity Theft
    Understanding the different types of identity theft and what to do in each scenario.

About South Metro Federal Credit Union

Our suite of Financial Education Services (FES) is founded on providing a thorough education and consistent guidance with a confidential personal representative. With this relationship in place, we’ll work with you to determine your broad goals and set tactics for direct outcomes that build credit and help manage debt. We’ll empower you with the mindset, tools and products it takes to make an impact on your financial health.


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Have a question? Contact Alyssa Walford at:

952-358-9738
fes@southmet.com

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