Remar's Report

Don’t Fall for Home Repair Scams—At Any Time of Year

August 2015

Are you alert for home repair scams at all times? Like many homeowners, you may associate home repair scams with the warmer months of summer and early fall. Although such scams peak at these times of year, “contractor” con artists are active year round. In fact, home improvement or home repair scams are among the top consumer complaints in most states every year. As a smart homeowner, be alert for some of the most popular scams profiled in this report. Tips from consumer and building industry experts can also help you select one of the many reputable home repair services and contractors. They’ll also help you avoid scammers who do shoddy work, steal money advanced for repairs, and otherwise damage your wallet and your home.

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Looking for Free or Cheap Family Summer Fun? Try These Tips

July 2015

Hot summer weather signals time for family fun—at home, out of the house, or on vacation. Your budget will enjoy these activities that are free or cost only a few dollars. You may have to spend a little time planning, but involve the whole family to get input and help ensure success.

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Checked Your Credit Report Recently? Four Reasons to Do It Now

June 2015

The information in your credit report affects many aspects of your financial well-being. It informs your credit score, which affects your ability to borrow money and the interest rates you will pay on every loan from credit cards and auto loans to home mortgages. It can also affect the insurance rates you’ll pay or your ability to land a new job or rent a new apartment.

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Have Student Loan Debt? Six Tips to Pay It Off Faster

May 2015

Debt from student loans for higher education is now the largest category of debt in the U.S. As of December 2014, over 43 million borrowers owed a cumulative total debt of over 1.2 trillion dollars in federal and private student loans, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Board of New York. The average individual debt is $26,700.

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Arm Yourself Against Fraud Directed at Seniors

April 2015

Some of today's most popular financial frauds tend to target older adults. Why? Like the old bank robber said, because that's where the money is. Most older adults have accumulated more assets than younger adults. They also tend to have good credit. Although many of the following scams can trick and trap people of any age, if you or a family member is over 55, you should be aware of these fraudulent schemes and how to avoid being taken in by them.

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck? 7 Tips for Saving More Now

March 2015

Are you and your family living paycheck to paycheck with no financial breathing room? Perhaps you are going a bit beyond your income to make ends meet, running up credit card debt or dipping into savings. If so, you are not alone. At least 47% of U.S. households spend all of their income (or more) according to a new report based on national data and prepared by the Pew Charitable Trust.

If you find yourself in this situation—or close to it—it’s time to pause and look for new ways to cut spending and enhance saving. Having even a small emergency fund can put you and your family on a more secure financial footing. So why not try using the following tips to help improve your financial situation?

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