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Snowball Method vs. Avalanche Method: What’s the Best Way to Tackle Debt?

July 2 by Maps Credit Union

Getting rid of debt isn’t easy, but if you’re ready to do what it takes, you can shake off any amount of debt.

Let’s take a look at two popular approaches for paying down debt and explore the pros and cons of each.

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Student Loan Changes During COVID-19

June 16 by Maps Credit Union

With unemployment levels rising and many employers cutting work hours, lots of college grads are now struggling to meet their student loan payments. Thankfully, the federal government has passed legislation to ease this burden. Unfortunately, though, many borrowers are confused about the terms and conditions of these changes.

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Beware Unemployment Scams

May 22 by Maps Credit Union

Tens of millions of Americans have found themselves out of work as the economy reels from the impact of COVID-19. A record 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance in the four weeks leading up to April 11. Unfortunately, when there’s bad news, the scammers aren’t far behind.

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Don’t Let Scammers Get Your Stimulus Check!

April 21 by Maps Credit Union

Unfortunately, scammers are doing all they can to get their hands on these checks before they reach the rightful recipients. The best way to keep your money safe from scammers is to arm yourself with information about the checks and to learn how to spot the scams.

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All You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Stimulus Plan

April 1 by Maps Credit Union

After days of negotiations and last-minute changes, the Senate and the White House have signed a historic $2 trillion stimulus plan to help mitigate the economic fallout of COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) will put cash directly into people’s pockets, provide desperately needed funding for hospitals and help struggling businesses remain afloat in these financially fragile times.

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Beware of Coronavirus Scams

March 13 by Jennifer Schmelling

Scammers are notorious for capitalizing on fear, and the coronavirus outbreak is no exception. Showing an appalling lack of the most basic morals, scammers have set up fake websites, bogus funding collections and more in an effort to trick the fearful and unsuspecting out of their money.

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5 Way to Trim Your Fixed Expenses

March 2 by Jennifer Schmelling

When trimming your monthly budget, consider your fixed expenses. These recurring costs include mortgage payments, insurance premiums, and subscription payments. All of them are easy to budget and plan for since they generally remain constant during the year. While it may feel difficult to lower fixed expenses, most of these costs can be reduced with a bit of effort and research.

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Beware 2020 Census Scams

February 6 by Jennifer Schmelling

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau makes an effort to count every person living in the U.S. Though the process won’t start until mid-March 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is already warning of scammers exploiting the process to con you out of your sensitive information. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the census procedure; so you know what to expect and so you can easily spot a scam.

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All You Need to Know About Savings Certificates

January 2 by Jennifer Schmelling

As an institution devoted to your financial wellness, Maps offers several secure options for your savings. One of our most popular savings products is our certificates of deposits, commonly referred as CDs. These accounts offer the best of both worlds when it comes to your savings. You'll be giving your money a great chance at growth without subjecting it to the risks of investing in the stock market.
 
Let's take a closer look at how certificates work and why they might be the perfect choice for you.

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How to Recognize and Protect Yourself From Scams

December 2 by Jennifer Schmelling

Here at Maps our biggest priority is your financial wellness. To help keep you safe, we've made this guide about recognizing and protecting yourself from scams.

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