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Learning how to manage your money may not sound like a lot of fun, but it can save you a lot of headaches and make it possible to achieve important life goals.
Credit can help you get ahead, or it can put you in over your head very fast — the key is in responsibly managing any debt you incur.
Learning how to manage your debts, and knowing your rights are key to protecting yourself.
Having the right financial tools in your arsenal will help you make wise decisions about spending, planning for the future and avoiding getting buried by debt.
Dear Consumer Ed: I receive monthly Social Security benefits that are deposited directly into my bank account. I just received notice that my bank account was garnished by a creditor and that my funds have been frozen and will soon be turned over to the court. I thought that Social Security benefits were exempt from garnishments of creditors. What can I do to stop the garnishment and get access to my money?
Dear Consumer Ed: A debt collection agency has been harassing me about a retail debt that was incurred many years ago. They are calling relatives and my employer and going into details about the debt, providing home addresses and vehicles my children own. They are threatening to send legal documents to my employer even though there has been no filing with the courts. When I asked the caller to provide the spelling of the company name and the address, the woman would not provide the information and proceeded to yell, curse and insult me. Aren’t these actions illegal? I just want to get them to stop calling me and others about this. What can I do?
Dear Consumer Ed: I see stores charging exorbitant prices for groceries, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. One store I went to is charging $11 for six rolls of toilet paper and $6 a pound for ground beef. Isn’t this price gouging?