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Consumers Count: Tools and resources for money decisions

Take control of your financial life with these ten tools that can help you make choices at the grocery store, pay your credit card bill, and deal with debt. They can also prepare you for money decisions like buying a home or figuring out how to pay for college.

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You have protections when it comes to automatic debit payments from your account

Before you give anyone your bank account number and permission to automatically withdraw money from your bank account on a regular basis, it’s good to know how automatic debits work, what to be careful about, and how to stop the automatic payments if you cancel the service or just change your mind about how you want to pay.

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Consumer Advisory: 7 ways to keep medical debt in check

An estimated 43 million Americans are dealing with medical debt. Debt collection is the top complaint we’ve received since September 2013 and medical collections make up 52 percent of collection accounts on credit reports, far outpacing all other types of debt. Learn more about how you can keep medical debt in check.

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Reminder for steps you can take if you think your credit or debit card data was hacked

Home Depot has confirmed that there has been a breach of its payment data systems. According to the company, the breach could potentially impact any customer that has used their card for payment at a Home Depot in the U.S. or Canada since April 2014. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself if you spot unauthorized charges.

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Helping build financial capability across America

We just published our second annual financial literacy report to Congress. It outlines our strategy and what we’ve done over the past year to enhance financial literacy and capability. In the report, you’ll find out about the tools and information we provide to help consumers navigate financial choices. Read more to see what we’re doing for financial literacy.