Revenge Spend

5 Ways to Revenge Spend Wisely

There’s a new spending trend in town, and many are calling it “revenge spend.” As the COVID-19 vaccine gains momentum and restrictions ease, people are opening their wallets to make up for lost time during the lockdown. Many people are going big, bolstered by their stimulus checks. But be careful not to go too overboard…. Read more »

What is Home Title Theft?

What is Home Title Theft?

Purchasing a home is a big decision. For most people, it’s the biggest purchase they will make in their lifetime. Plus, a home is so much more than an asset. It’s where we live, raise our children, entertain friends, and feel the most secure and at peace. It’s easy to understand why people would want… Read more »

Financial Literacy for Kids

Financial Literacy for Kids

Practical money management skills learned at an early age can have a lasting impact on the rest of your child’s life. In fact, this is one of the most important areas where you can truly change the course of their life. Educating your children about financial wellness will help them build healthy spending habits for… Read more »

Go Green

5 Tips to Go Green & Save Money

Going green doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are small things you can do every day to promote environmental sustainability and save money at the same time. Check out these 5 tips for going green: 1. Cut Down on Food Waste It’s estimated that the average American household of four throws away $1,500… Read more »

Go Green This Spring

10 Ways to Go Green This Spring

On the Central Coast, “going green” means a lot of things — doing your part for the environment, supporting Cal Poly, hitting the green, saving your green (money), and eating your greens to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Whichever you prefer, here are a few ways to go green this spring: 1. Are You HomeFREE? SESLOC’s… Read more »

Preparing for Tax Season

Preparing to e-File Your Taxes?

Tax season is here again. e-Filing your return is convenient, secure, and allows your payment to process or refund to be deposited quicker than when filing by mail. Instructions for finding your SESLOC account information for withdrawal or deposit are below, as well as information on how to set up a custom alert to notify… Read more »

Vaccine Scams

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The recent emergency approval and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines have provided much-needed hope throughout the world. While drug companies, government, and healthcare organizations rush to get the masses vaccinated, unfortunately, but not surprisingly a new threat has developed – COVID-19 related scams. According to FBI Financial Crimes Section Chief Steven Merrill, “We’ve been concerned… Read more »

Monitor credit score

How Closely Do I Need to Monitor My Credit Score?

First, let’s clear up a common misconception about credit scores. It’s often thought that you have just one singular score, or one for each of the three credit bureaus. The truth is that you actually have many credit scores. This is due to a number of factors: 3 Major Credit Bureaus There are three major… Read more »

Tax Fraud

Tax Fraud: The IRS Dirty Dozen List

The Criminal Investigation (CI) unit is a special criminal division of the IRS. The CI is tasked with investigating and uncovering tax-related crimes and prosecuting these cases. Each year the CI provides the IRS an annual report detailing the work of the CI and highlighting their successes and enforcements related to tax and financial crimes…. Read more »

Save Money

Saving Money Isn’t a Luxury — It’s a Necessity

Saving money can often be a challenge—especially during times of financial uncertainty. As humans, we’re wired to take care of our needs now, and worry about later… well, later. However, saving money is a critical component of financial wellness.  Here, we break down why saving (even a small amount) can make all the difference: Saving… Read more »