Advantage Advisor
Monthly Newsletter
August / 2019
Back to school sales have already begun and the summer is winding down for most kids. Every parent and teacher knows that purchasing school supplies are not usually a one-time occurrence.

Over the course of a school year, the price tag of replenishing supplies can be costly. With a little researching, planning ahead, and goal-setting the costs of back to school shopping can be reduced significantly.

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In This Issue:

Back To School Savings
Equifax Settlement Info
Budgeting Basics
Ways To Shop Smarter
Clients Speak Out
News & Events
Employee Spotlight
With 147 million consumers impacted, the scale of the 2017 Equifax data breach is the largest in cybersecurity history. From full names and dates of birth to driver’s license numbers and social security numbers, the data breach enabled hackers to gain access to a plethora of information about some 56 percent of all American consumers. Equifax confirmed during the investigation that they had been informed .... Read more!
Learning the skills of money management can help individuals in so many areas of life. For example, when people want to save up money to purchase their first homes or to return to school, they can harness the power of budgeting. Having a budget also helps ....  Read more!
Money is one of the things people worry about the most. On a regular basis, families and individuals make schedule adjustments due to job obligations and choose cars and houses based primarily on their budget. Finances affect every part of life, so exercising prudence and discipline when you shop ....  Read more!
"Very friendly and knowledge staff. They sincerely want to help you with your debt. They constantly monitor the progress of each credit card payment. I highly recommend this service to anyone who wants to get rid of high interest credit cards."  ~ Marietta D.
" It was nice to know that there was always a person that I could talk to when I needed someone to explain things to me. I mean this in the nicest way possible, but I hope I never need your services again. Thank you for being there! "  ~ Kathryn G.
"It is a wonderful organization with great people. I have already recommended it to a coworker who has already signed up."  ~ Patricia R.
"Convenient easy to understand, updates provided. Good customer service. I was very happy with my time spent with your services. Thanks!"  ~ Eileen R.

Have you received a call or voicemail from someone warning that your Social Security number or benefits are suspended due to suspicious activity?

Social Security scams now outnumber other types of scams, including IRS scams, which were formerly the most common.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has worked with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to create a new fraud prevention placemat to help you avoid Social Security scams.

You can order free copies of the placemat to use at a meal site, or to share with your friends and family. Stay vigilant against these scams!
In our “Employee Spotlight” series, we ask our employees about the role they play in our agency and a little bit about their personal life. We want to give you the ability to hear right from them about what gets them excited to come to work each day and how they personally help all of our clients succeed.
Let's meet our  Housing Counseling Outreach Coordinator Brittney Werner !
How long have you worked for the agency? –  "About 4 months."
What are your primary job duties? –  "Outreach for Housing Counseling services (mainly the Barriers To Homeownership Program)."
What was the most unusual and/or interesting job you've ever had? –  "I worked at a sushi/hibachi restaurant with 4 friends and a Japanese family."
Would you say you're messy or organized? –  "Pretty organized."
What's your favorite food? –  "Indian food."
What's your least favorite food? –  "The abomination that is Chocolate Hummus."
Do you have any hobbies? –  "Art."
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without? –  "The outdoors."
What is your favorite book and/or movie? –  "Book = Lullaby (by Chuck Palahniuk) & Movie = Big Trouble in Little China."
What is your favorite color? –  "Green."
What is your favorite vacation spot? -  "Only once, but Thailand."