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Budgeting 101

by Lisa Marie Lentz Starting to budget might sound scary, but once you get started it is a great way to keep track of your finances. There are several options for getting a budget started. The envelope system. - With this approach, you put the allotted cash for items...

**Summer ’19 Special

Low Fee Guarantee *Chapter 7 attorney fees starting at $900. Chapter 7 requires an additional $335 in filing fees to the court. Total up front for a chapter 7 is $1235. *Chapter 13 only pay the $310 filing fee up front. Monthly payments vary and are estimated at your...

Debt ‘Solutions’ Could Dig You in Deeper

By Liz Weston - NerdWallet (AP) - Americans are slipping ever deeper into hock. To cope, many people turn to debt consolidation loans, cash-out mortgage refinancing and retirement plan loans that promise relief but could leave them worse off. Paying off high-rate debt...

8 tips to know if debt collector is legit

DANA DRATCH - MAY 5, 2011 Is that debt call legit? That angry voice on the phone insists you owe a debt you’ve never paid. But you don’t recognize the debt or the collector. Before you apologize or promise to pay, consider another scenario: It’s not your...

For Nebraska’s poor, get sick and get sued

By Paul Kiel/ProPublica - April 28, 2016 Two years ago, the president of Credit Management Services, a collection agency in Grand Island presented a struggling local family with the keys to a used 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis. To commemorate the donation the company...

Flood Relief

By Lisa Lentz Everyone knows someone who was affected by flooding in our state.  Unfortunately, there has been over $85 million in damages to private homes and businesses.  Less than 1% of homes in Nebraska are covered by the National Flood Insurance Program.  There...

Local apartments deemed affordable

A family earning the median income in Lincoln could easily afford a two-bedroom apartment, according to a report released this week. The report from Apartment List, a website that that helps people find rental housing, found that Lincoln residents would need an annual...

Farm loan delinquencies rising

KAYLA WOLF, JOURNAL STAR FILE PHOTOA pile of about 750,000 bushels of corn sits outside a Farmers Coop in 2017 They're at highest level in a least nine years by ROXANA HEGEMEN - Associated Press The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low...

Helping others save

Program helps people save for big ticket items NANCY HICKS - Lincoln Journal Star Axel Sinda and his wife Noella Disasi figured it would be years before they could afford to buy a house. The couple, who immigrated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2014, had...

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