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Financial Tips from the Atlanta Fed
Our new Financial Tips series is your go-to source for knowledge and best practices for your financial life. Visit this page monthly for strategies designed to reduce the likelihood that a financial setback becomes a financial disaster.
June 1, 2022
Whether you are considering buying a new or new-to-you vehicle or perhaps you just want to ensure that your car is road ready, these strategies can help you keep rolling this summer.
May 2, 2022
Looking for ways to engage youths during the upcoming summer months? The Atlanta Fed's financial tips provide a potpourri of resources.
April 1, 2022
Join Financial Tips in observing April's designation as Financial Literacy Month with a look back at highlights from four years of our focus on personal finance, from opening a bank account and managing credit to buying a home and avoiding financial scams.
March 1, 2022
Tax season is in full swing. Use these financial tips to take steps to be prepared and avoid tax-related scams with the various tools and resources available to taxpayers.
February 1, 2022
What is your go-to payment method? Like many people, you likely use a combination of paper, plastic, and digital payments. Browse these tips to evaluate which payment methods work best for you. Disponible en español
January 4, 2022
Paying more at the grocery store? Discover strategies to stretch your food dollar by developing a plan to shop smarter, reduce food waste, and still make healthy food choices. Disponible en español
December 1, 2021
The end of the year might have you thinking about opportunities for you to share your time, talents, and treasures with various organizations. Learn how to find a charitable organization that aligns with your personal goals and review tax resources to help guide your giving. Disponible en español
November 1, 2021
The holidays can be stressful, but if you make a plan, they don’t have to stress your finances. Stretch your holiday shopping dollars with smart shopping strategies. Disponible en español
October 1, 2021
Fall is open enrollment season. Brush up on the basics to choose the coverage and benefits plan that work for you. Disponible en español
September 1, 2021
Financial emergencies can come in different forms. Use lessons learned from your pandemic-related experiences to delve into financial preparedness during September’s National Preparedness Month. Disponible en español
August 2, 2021
Borrowing money for school can help you achieve your educational goals. It’s important to evaluate all your financing options. Use these financial tips to learn strategies for minimizing your debt while pursuing your dreams. Disponible en español
July 1, 2021
Summer is peak home buying season. Learn about the important steps all home buyers should consider when making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. Disponible en español
June 1, 2021
Your idea of summer fun for National Splurge Day on June 18 might be purchasing a new vehicle or taking a vacation. Before you make that splurge, consider the financial factors that may affect your bottom line. Disponible en español
May 3, 2021
Pay is an important part of any compensation package, but it’s not the only aspect to consider. This month’s financial tips can help you navigate employee benefits that can have a big impact on your current and future financial well-being. Disponible en español
April 1, 2021
Develop an investment plan while you work to enjoy life in retirement. These financial tips and resources can help you save and invest to secure your future. Disponible en español
March 1, 2021
Deciding which financial institution (bank or credit union) and which account is right for you can be overwhelming. Get the information you need to take a step toward financial stability. Disponible en español
February 1, 2021
Tax time will be here before you know it—be prepared with these tips and resources to help you save money when you file your taxes this year. Disponible en español
January 6, 2021
Are you facing unprecedented financial challenges? Learn how to develop a cost-effective, attainable debt management plan to provide some relief and protect your money in the process. Disponible en español
November 2, 2020
If you are facing financial challenges due to COVID-19, knowing which resources are currently available is crucial. Get the latest updates on coronavirus-related resources.
October 1, 2020
The information in your credit report can have a significant impact on your financial stability. Learn how to access your free credit reports and develop strategies for improving your credit rating.
September 1, 2020
National Preparedness Month occurs every September to promote disaster planning. It is a good time to create or update your emergency plan. Use these tips as a guide when you review your plan.
August 3, 2020
Scammers have been taking advantage of the health and financial concerns resulting from the pandemic. Learn how to protect yourself and keep your money safe.
August 3, 2020
Los estafadores se han aprovechado de las preocupaciones financieras y de salud derivadas de la pandemia. Aprenda a protegerse y mantener su dinero seguro.
June 16, 2020
Para abordar los desafíos económicos que enfrentan muchos estadounidenses antes de la fecha límite tradicional de presentación de impuestos del 15 de abril, el Tesoro de los EE. UU. Extendió la fecha límite hasta el 15 de julio. Nuestros consejos brindan información sobre desgravaciones fiscales y programas de asistencia asociados.
June 16, 2020
To address the economic challenges faced by many Americans in advance of the traditional April 15 tax filing deadline, the U.S. Treasury extended the deadline to July 15. Our tips provide information about tax relief and associated assistance programs.
June 1, 2020
Are you looking for online resources to engage the children in your life during summer break? The Atlanta Fed’s tips provide a variety of free resources for children of all ages.
May 1, 2020
During this unprecedented period, many people face challenging financial conditions that are testing their resilience. This month we provide resources for coping during this uncertain period, which may provide some relief to those experiencing financial challenges.
March 19, 2020
Uncertain times can cause angst and test our resiliency, including how it relates to our finances. Explore resources designed to help you navigate these challenging times.
March 2, 2020
Fraudsters are out to take your money. Learn how to keep your finances safe from identity theft and fraud during National Consumer Protection Week, which is March 1 to 7.
February 3, 2020
Stick to the financial resolutions you made in January! Set your savings goals and develop your plan of action as part of America Saves Week, which takes place February 24 to 29.
January 2, 2020
Begin 2020 with a sharp focus on your finances. Learn about financial services and providers, the real cost of borrowing, and the potential risks of debt.
December 2, 2019
Are you ready to open a bank account and unsure where to start? Or do you want to ensure you've made the best choice for your finances based on your current needs? Start with the basics to make informed decisions for your financial future.
November 1, 2019
Take time to learn about strategies for making decisions so that you can be prepared to manage all the holiday-related trade-offs you may encounter.
October 1, 2019
Are you looking for ways to improve your financial well-being and credit smarts? Learn about managing debt levels and obtaining your annual credit report.
September 3, 2019
Are you focused on self-improvement and energizing your career? Learn about preparing for a job interview and exploring career opportunities.
August 1, 2019
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Learn more about your potential and the key steps in starting a business.
July 1, 2019
Take time to celebrate our country's independence and explore ways to ensure your financial independence with these tips.
June 3, 2019
Is going on vacation part of your summer plans? Our tips can help you safeguard your financial well-being before you hit the road for summer fun.
May 1, 2019
Is owning a home a financial goal for you? Our tips can help you understand factors to consider if you are thinking about buying a home now or in the future.
April 1, 2019
Don't be fooled by your finances! Our tips can help you understand your financial behaviors and provide useful strategies for enhancing your financial future.
March 1, 2019
National Consumer Protection Week is from March 3 to 9. Our tips can help you become a better informed consumer and provide you with resources for taking action.
February 1, 2019
America Saves Week is from February 25 to March 2. Our tips can keep you on track by focusing on saving strategies to achieve your financial goals.
January 2, 2019
Are you resolved to get a handle on your finances in the new year? Then use our financial tips to start organizing your finances and set financial goals!
December 3, 2018
Did you know that last year more than 16 million Americans were the victims of identity theft? Learn how you can protect your identity with our financial tips.
November 1, 2018
It's never too late to get your finances in check. Use these tips to tackle year-end financial challenges by learning how to create and manage a personal budget.
October 1, 2018
Why is good credit important? How you handle your finances affects more than just your ability to borrow. Improve your credit smarts and your financial stability with these tips!
September 4, 2018
September is National Preparedness Month. Prepare yourself and your family for unexpected financial and emergency situations with these tips!
August 1, 2018
Start the school year by feeling prepared to tackle your career and financial aid options with these tips!
July 2, 2018
Even though school is out for the summer, now is a great time to help kids understand finances. The Atlanta Fed's financial tips provide hands-on financial activities perfect for summer or any time.
June 1, 2018
Trying to decide which option is best for you? The Atlanta Fed's financial tips can help you with that major financial decision.
May 1, 2018
Are you on track to have a secure financial future? The Atlanta Fed’s financial tips can help you build personal wealth.
April 2, 2018
Have you ever fallen for an email scam or opened a malicious attachment? Learn how to protect yourself from consumer scams and fraud with financial tips from the Atlanta Fed.