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Student Loan Deferment: Everything You Need to Know

As a credit counselor here at Pelican, one of the topics I help members with the most is student loan debt and how to manage it. According to a report by Forbes, there are 45 million borrowers in the U.S. who collectively owe nearly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt. Yes—TRILLION! The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act …

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The Truth about Divorce and Credit

At Pelican, we often say “bad things happen to good people.” We understand that sometimes life happens, and it doesn’t matter if we planned for it or not. My name is April Gomez, and I’m a Nationally Certified Credit Counselor at Pelican. I wanted to shed some light on something that isn’t fun for anyone involved—divorce. Getting a divorce can …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Car

Purchasing a vehicle is, generally speaking, the second largest purchase you’ll ever make. Considering more than just how it’s going to affect your budget, buying a car requires lots of thought and careful planning. Before making such a purchase, there’s a few questions you need to ask yourself: Can I afford it? What about my emergency fund? How will this …

Managing Money Disaster

How to Manage Your Money During a Disaster

Life is full of twists and turns. Crisis situations like the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lead to uncertain times and unexpected changes. Unfortunately, these unexpected changes can be extremely challenging for our day-to-day lives. Here at Pelican, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our members—mentally, physically, and financially. That’s why we offer the products and …

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Is It Worth It to Get a Debt Consolidation Loan?

Managing debt can be tricky, and debt elimination advertisements can be found all over. Attorneys, nationwide companies, social media outlets, television networks—are all offering different ways to try to make you debt-free. For many people, determining which plan is best can be difficult. Many of these options are not good for consumers and can put them into a negative or …

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The Benefits of Having a Business Checking Account

Picture this: you’ve come up with a million-dollar business idea, pitched your idea to a business lender, created a business plan, and you’re ready to get to work. Before you check everything off your to-do list, though, there’s still one thing left to do. You need somewhere to store all of your fortunes—besides under your mattress. This is where a …