Extension: Couples encouraged to check their credit reports together

Knowing your spouse or partner’s credit history is as important as knowing your own. When in a relationship, your partner’s credit can become a source of stress and may affect your ability to secure a home or auto loan. Establishing regular times for couples to check and review their credit reports together is an important part of sharing finances. Extension’s “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign makes it easier to remember to order a free credit report.

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UW-Extension: Sticking to your budget over the holidays

The winter holiday season is fast approaching. For many, the coming months mean travel to visit family and friends, gift-giving, and preparation of traditional foods. All of these special occasions can be a challenge on monthly budgets. “If the holidays have snuck up on you, there are steps to take now to prepare for the season and stay within budget,” says Peggy Olive, UW-Extension/UW-Madison Financial Capability Specialist.

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