UW-Extension: Free Credit Freezes Now Available Through Credit Bureaus

Due to a change in law earlier this year, consumers in Wisconsin and across the United States are now able to place free credit freezes on their credit reports from the three major consumer reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. A credit freeze, also called a security freeze, is one of the strongest steps you […]

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UW-Extension: Check Your Free Credit Report to Build Financial Security

Federal law gives everyone the right to request three free credit reports each year—one each from the three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. There are three ways to order your free credit report: through the mail, by phone toll-free, or at the official website AnnualCreditReport.com. The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report: […]

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Increase Financial Well-being in the New Year

Popular financial New Year’s resolutions include goals like saving more money and paying down debt.  If the idea of focusing on dollar signs does not sound motivating, consider a resolution to feel better about your overall financial situation. “Over the past few years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has interviewed and surveyed adults across the […]

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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. “Some people set aside a little money out of every paycheck or shop sales all year to get […]

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NEW! 4-H Leadership Opportunity in Washington D.C.

4-H LEADERSHIP WASHINGTON FOCUS TRIP Available to All 4-H Youth in Grades 6-8  For more than 50 years, thousands of 4 H’ers have participated in our high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus and we are happy to offer its sister program for middle school 4 H’ers, Leadership Washington Focus. The program takes place at our national 4-H conference center, […]

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Kelsey Potratz – 2017 Winnebago County 4-H Key Award Recipient

Congratulations Kelsey Potratz! Kelsey is a 10-year member of Newcomers 4-H Club where she has served many club offices. Kelsey has a perfect attendance record, attending every Newcomers 4-H club meeting in the 10 years that she has been a member. Organizational Leader of Newcomers 4-H Club, Shannon Besaw says “Kelsey is a wondeful role model to the […]

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Anna Chapin – 2017 Winnebago County 4-H Key Award Recipient

CONGRATULATIONS ANNA CHAPIN! Anna is a 12-year member of Newcomers 4-H Club where she has served in multiple club officer positions, currently as President of the club. Omro High School teacher, Kayla Goranson says “Anna is an incredibly mature, driven, creative, hard-working student. She is always a positive contributor to class and a variety of clubs. […]

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Security Freezes and Fraud Alerts

If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft website , which lists the steps you need to take.  The FTC has a second website, “Immediate Steps to Repair Identity Theft,” with similar information. For individuals who believe they have been or will be the victims of identity theft, […]

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Continue to Check your Free Credit Report After a Data Breach

The recent data breach in the news comes from Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. This breach involves computer hackers accessing personal data – social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and potentially more information – of 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax advises all consumers to determine if their personal information […]

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