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Investing in our colleagues’ future

Written by Guest Blogger · 02 March 2018

By Barbara Kontje, America Express

At American Express, as with most companies in America, millennials are our fastest growing population. When the Millennial Network was formed, their first request was to help them understand their finances. So we began by sharing ways that they could take control of their finances utilizing tools and resources being provided through the company’s benefits programs.

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Make Your Tax Refund Work for You!

America Saves Week
Written by Guest Blogger · 02 March 2018

By Justin Chu, Program Associate, Taxpayer Opportunity Network

Every year, the middle of April marks the end of the federal tax return filing season. For many Americans, that can mean seemingly endless forms, paystubs, and other paperwork.

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3 ways to give your savings account a little boost

Savings Tips America Saves Week SaveYourRefund
Written by Tammy G. Bruzon · 02 March 2018

By Tammy Bruzon, America Saves Communications Coordinator

What does “saving the extra” mean to you? Whether it is putting change in a piggy bank or moving everything not in the budget into savings, those three little words can mean big money down the road.

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Debt Levels for Households Nearing Retirement Decreasing, But Still High Compared to Past Generations

Debt Retirement America Saves Week
Written by Guest Blogger · 01 March 2018

By Craig Copeland, Senior Research Associate, Employee Benefit Research Institute

Are you approaching retirement age and still carrying debt, including credit card balances? Are you working to pay off your debt before you retire? 

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Do you and your money care about the same things?

Budgeting America Saves Week Goals
Written by Guest Blogger · 28 February 2018

By Heather Marshall, CFPC, MPP; Educator, AAA Fair Credit Foundation/Utah Saves

As the old adage goes “Actions speak louder than words.” On the topic in question, it is fair to say spending is an action that implies values. Which explains why the nature of finances can be so personal, and challenge us to ask the question, what do we value?

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  • Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | February 2, 2018

    How much can you expect to get in #retirement benefits from @SocialSecurity? Your #mySocialSecurity account will tell you! Get your @SocialSecurity Statement today: http://ow.ly/h3mU30gDha5 #ASW18

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Transforming “I Can’t Save” to “I Will Save”

Written by Guest Blogger | January 13, 2016

You will not believe what it took to completely change my life. About three years ago, the HR Administrator of the corporation where I worked (as a temp with no benefits) forwarded an email to me. Fifteen seconds. One small act of kindness. That's it - that's all it took!

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The Gift of Homeownership

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | August 5, 2015

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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Starting Over

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Until last summer, Michael Lindman spent money freely. “I was a union truck driver for 35 years and had a good income,” said Lindman. “I owned my own home, saved a little, and tried to live within my own budget. You always think there’s going to be that much coming in, but things can change in a split second.”

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