The #FridayFive: Education, Security, & the Tooth Fairy

Are you an @AmericaSaves follower on Twitter? If not, you may have missed out on some great articles or blog posts from America Saves, its local campaigns, or its partners this week about personal finance, savings, or the latest financial news. ICYMI, we share with you each Friday the top five pieces that highlight important topics for savers and partners alike.

This week’s #FridayFive are:

1. No matter what level of education we're talking about, school savings is buzzing across the country. Many primary and secondary school students have already begun their school year while many colleges are just getting started. In this feature from the Military Saves blog, Sandy Boenig talks about the big hitters - being budget savvy, saving on uniforms, and being smart about those those extra curriculars.

 

2. We all know that meal planning can help to save money in a big way, but the planning and budgeting can be a long, drawn-out process. But by adding some diversity to that menu and making for easy leftovers, you can add some spice back into your kitchen and some spontaneity to your meals.

 

3. The latest Financial Security Index charts from Bankrate.com brought some unsettling news to savers and advisers alike! While this is easily the most stark news from the report, it's also worth noting that:

  • People with part-time jobs are nearly twice as likely as full-time workers to have no savings plan.
  • 24% of those living in rural communities said their net worth was lower this year, compared with 15% of those living in urban areas.
  • College grads are more than twice as likely to begin retirement planning in their 20s as people without a diploma.

 

4. In this week's guest blog, Daniel Boylan share some great and insightful advice about education savings. It would seem that we too often look over some of the most obvious helpful tips to making our goals affordable -- "free money," you say? Why yes, I think I will take some of that!

 

5. In Thursday's #WBChat with Visa's Practical Money Skills, Wise Bread took on the Tooth Fairy. Nothing I could possibly say could sum up the really great information and advice about giving, saving, learning, and sharing that were addressed during the chat, so do yourself - as well as the Tooth Fairy and gap-riddled children everywhere - a favor: https://storify.com/wisebread/the-tooth-fairy.

 

Thanks for joining us for this week’s #FridayFive! We’ll see you here next week.

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