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Easy Ways to Conquer Your Financial Fears

In Finances by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

When your mailbox is flooded with what seems like an endless stream of credit card statements, you might feel like you’re failing financially. Every bill reminds you of how much you’ve spent and how much you owe. And chances are that some of those expenses are things that you have already consumed and forgotten, but are still paying for. Although most clients seek my services for health and wellness counseling, there’s usually an undertone of financial stress that laces every conversation. For most people, figuring out finances is like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube. You twist, turn, and spin but you still can’t get things lined up correctly or on the right sides. Financial problems can be overwhelming, frustrating …

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Apps That Help You Save Without Thinking About It

In Finances, Saving Money by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Do you remember the craze over “extreme couponing” from a few years back? There was even a show about it – maybe there still is. This was before the age of apps that help you save on groceries, etc. There were moms and families all over the US saving huge percentages off their grocery bills by physically going through newspapers and in-store flyers each week (or day!). It was incredible. These women and families had dedicated rooms for stockpiling their deals and “steals.” We’re talking a fully organized storage room stocked with surplus laundry detergent, household cleaning products, toiletries, paper goods, canned foods, you name it! It was absolutely mind-boggling. And although it all looked very tempting – and for …

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5 Ways to Stick to Your Budget Without Feeling Deprived

In Finances, Popular by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Sticking to a budget is no easy task, but when you can get this part of your life under control you’ll be amazed at how satisfied – and relieved – you feel. Putting every dollar you earn to work for you helps you to have a great sense of being in control, so you can get out of reactive mode and take a proactive approach to your finances. When you learn ways to stick to your budget without feeling deprived, you’re more likely to stay on track and develop other financial habits to drive a healthy lifestyle. Why Your Family Needs a Budget If you already have a budget, that’s great! Regardless of your financial goals or dreams, setting up …

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How to Protect Your Family From Identity Theft

In Family, Finances, Popular 2 by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Every year, millions of individuals and families are the victim of identity theft or credit card fraud. USA.gov says identity (ID) theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information like your Social Security number or full name to commit fraud. They might apply for credit, file taxes, or even get medical treatment using your information. The best approach is to be proactive and learn how to protect your family from identity theft in the first place. When your identity is breached, you may lose your credit rating and invest a lot of time and money trying to restore your good name. And the scariest part is that many victims do not even know what has happened until it’s …

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7 Steps to Improve Your Family’s Financial Well-being – April

In Finances by Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC0 Comments

Welcome back to the Better Health Now Series! April can be a busy time for everyone. With Spring performances, Easter events, income taxes, planning for Summer vacations and much more – you might start to feel a bit excited yet scattered around this time of year.  That’s why I designed the Better Health Now Series with month-by-month steps to give you the exact tips you need to thrive amidst the ups and downs of life.  This series helps you remain focused so you can keep your health and wellness goals in sight as you take care of all the demands of life.  If you’ve been with us from the beginning, great! If not, that’s fine too. We designed the series in a way that allows you to jump …