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The (Budget-Friendly) Joy of Gift Giving

Budgeting Savings Tips Holiday
Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 14 December 2017

We all like to know we’ve brightened the day of someone we love and care for. Choosing to spend a little extra money on a gift for someone special may seem like it’s worth it right now, but if you have to deviate from your budget, then it might not be the best idea in the long-run.

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Reducing Financial Stress During the Holidays

Holiday Financial Well-being
Written by Lani Poblete · 12 December 2017

While the holidays should be a joyful time, the busyness of the season on top of the financial burden can bring unwelcome stress. From out-of-town guests, to holiday gift giving, to hosting holiday gatherings, there are many factors that can leave us taking a few deep breaths.

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New Year, New You, and a Renewed Budget!

Debt Budgeting Financial Planning Financial Well-being
Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 07 December 2017

2018 is fast approaching, providing the perfect opportunity to hit the “reset” button on your budget, particularly if you’ve faced unexpected financial problems this past year. Getting back on track can feel like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Better Money Habits outlines six simple steps to follow on the road towards regaining control over your finances.

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ABLE Accounts: The What, Why, Where, and How

Savings Tips ABLE Accounts
Written by Madeline Daniels · 05 December 2017

Sunday, December 3 was International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We want to share with you the what, why, where, and how of ABLE accounts to support you and your loved ones towards your savings goals.

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Learn the ABCs of 529 College Savings Plans

Savings Tips College 529 Plans Saving for College Savings Family Savings
Written by Lori Schock · 05 December 2017

By Lori Schock, Director of the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

Quoting a line from The Jackson 5 song “ABC,” learning about how to save for college, can be as “easy as one, two, three” if you check out the SEC’s Investor Bulletins:  An Introduction to 529 Plans and 10 Questions to Consider before Opening a 529 Account. While investing in a child’s education can seem overwhelming, understanding your options is an A+ first step.

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Starting and Continuing a Personal Finance Journey

Written by Sara Cooper | December 23, 2013

When Kiara Hardin, now a junior at Western Illinois University, became an intern with the Chicago Summer Business Institute during her sophomore year of high school, she began her personal finance journey. The program required participants to open a savings account.

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Taking Steps Toward Financial Fitness

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | November 7, 2014

Nicky Vasquez learned about Virginia Saves when she attended her first class with Bank On Virginia Beach. The instructor shared how important it was to have a written savings goal, and the entire class joined Virginia Saves as the first step toward financial fitness.

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Challenging Herself to Save

Written by Sara Cooper | April 15, 2014

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.

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