Protect Yourself from Debt Collectors

Q: I’ve heard you say to never give collectors access to your checking account. Does that include payments with a debit card too? A: Absolutely! If you’re doing something like scheduling utility payments to come through your debit card or out of ...

Military Families Continue to Face Financial Stress

Blue Star Families Survey Shows Positive Financial Behaviors, but challenges remain as financial stress lingers. This recent survey of military families found that nearly two-thirds – 65 percent – of respondents experience stress related to ...

When to Use Credit or Debit

So which card is better to use — your credit or debit card? “It really depends,” says Scott Halliwell, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with USAA. “I typically tell people to avoid using credit cards because of the ...

Scary Finances: How to Keep the Nightmares at Bay

Come Halloween night, you may be haunted by visions of goblins and ghouls, but a financial fiasco could be the real nightmare. Even if you think you’re on solid financial footing, don’t let these scenarios pull you into the spooky ...

Dave Says: Bad Boat Deal

The other day, a guy offered me $2,000 cash and a boat for the bike. I’ve always really wanted a boat, but I’m not sure this is the time.

Military Issues with Defaulting on Student Loans

Part 1 of 3: Service members and their families have unique issues particular to their line of work when it comes to defaulted student loans. Defaulting on student loans can result in lots of career problems, not just financial worries. In 2011, ...