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Supporting students in achieving a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

November 2010

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Stolen Identity Protect yourself today!

To Buy or Not to Buy? That is the question.

Fin 10 an St cia Ent eps l to we On e FIn l ln lin r t a o n eS e ca win cial ss W m ve ell o ng an ne nt er i ss h Hu pa nt d

In the case of...

stolen identity


n the past, bandits in black had to crawl through the window to empty your wallet or steal your diamonds. Today, in the virtual monetary system online, money-snatchers have a whole new bag of tricks: they’ll steal your identity. In fact, nine million American identities are stolen every year!

How to protect yourself:

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Don’t give anyone your Social Security, credit card, or bank account numbers unless you know the source and/or have initiated the contact. Also, avoid giving personal information over unsecured telephone lines (such as a cell phone). Don’t throw away papers that have important account or financial numbers listed on them without first tearing them up into tiny, confetti-sized pieces.

Keep your credit card and ATM receipts in a safe place until you’ve paid the credit card bill or balanced your checkbook. The backseat of your car does not qualify.

Don’t leave bill payment envelopes in a home mailbox; these can be opened by any Tom, Dick, or Harry, or Jane. Go around the corner and put your envelopes in the blue postal mailbox instead. Don’t send your credit card number over the Internet unless you are sure the website is secured and your computer is protected by anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, and other security software. Don’t get hooked by “phishing.” Beware of emails from various personages informing you that “funds have been deposited” or “requests have been approved” in some mystery transaction. Wthile it’s exciting to receive news that you are getting money, if it isn’t from the Financial Aid Office or the US Treasury, you don’t want it.

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Read your statements carefully. If that 45-minute phone call to Shanghai or that $260 dollar purchase at Foot Locker isn’t yours (check your closet to make sure), suspect fraud.

Report any suspicious activity immediately. You have the right, and the responsibility, to protect your identity from unauthorized use!

10 Steps

to Financial Wellness Live beneath your means—Which means, spend less that you make. This is the first rule to establishing financial independence. Living by this rule will allow you to reach your financial goals faster, and with a lot less stress. Pay off your credit cards—Credit cards are usually the

most expensive form of debt. Commit yourself to always paying more than the minimum required on your credit card. You’ll save incredible sums of cash by paying off credit card balances.

Pay yourself first—By making yourself the first “creditor” paid, you’ll develop solid saving habits that will help you reach your long-term goals.

Save six months living expenses—It’s smart to have a “rainy day” fund. For most people, six months of living expenses will provide an adequate cushion to weather most unexpected financial storms. Stop shopping for fun—The consumer-driven market is stuffed with useless things to buy. Stick to what you really, really need.

Seek wise counsel—Don’t try to go it alone when making tough monetary decisions. Consult a banker or financial planners, or turn to friends and relatives who have solid financial habits. Give back—Through non-profit foundations and other

charitable donations you can contribute to the global community while giving yourself a tax break at the same time.

Plan major expenditures—If a house, new car, or other large purchase lies in your future, take the time to make a plan to reach your desired goal. A little planning goes a long way. Educate yourself—Read financial publications and consider taking a course on basic financial management or investing. Check out LiveWell’s CashCourse online! Review progress—Every year, list the value of what you own and what you owe. The difference between the two numbers is your financial net worth. Save this list, date it, and compare it to your current year’s progress. You’ll be amazed at how much difference a year makes in your f inances. Contributed in part by Jeff Rubleski, MBA

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To Buy or N “My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.”

~Errol Flynn

Our capitalist, consumer-driven economy would have you spend every red cent. Common reasons for picking your own pocket and dropping the extra dollar: • Peer pressure (Let’s go out tonight! C’mon, it’s Friday! Meet us for dinner!) • Immediate gratification (That cookie sure looks good. Cool shoes. I’d love a latte!) • Keeping up with your pals (Do you have the new i-Phone?) While spending money and getting stuff might be oh-so-much fun, winding up broke sucks. What’s more, if you’re OVERSPENDING, chances are you have nothing to show for it except the dent in your wallet. Maybe you’re the type of person who will see a great t-shirt for ten bucks and buy it (“Ten bucks! That’s almost free!”). Maybe you also spend ten bucks on a bite to eat, another ten on a movie,

Not to Buy?

That is the question...

and ten again on the gas it takes to get there. As you look over your transaction history, it turns out that not “ten” but hundreds of dollars have been spent on impulse. Oops. Next time you reach for the debit card, be honest: do you need it or do you want it? For example, you need to pay rent. You need healthy groceries in the refrigerator. However, you want to go to the movies. You want the expensive item on the menu. You want those jeans. Don’t be duped by marketing strategies designed to keep you wanting more. Advertisers are experts at getting into your head and fiddling with the controls. There is always a cheaper way to do things, or alternatives that really and truly cost nothing. Close your wallet, open your mind! As usual, LiveWell provides handy tools to help you out. Check out these tips for plugging spending leaks and stretching your dollars. For a clear visual image of your purchasing patterns, print up the Needs v. Wants Worksheet and the Expenses Worksheet. Regardless of what you tell yourself (“Only ten bucks!”), the numbers don’t lie.


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