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Is It Always Best to Pay Off Credit Cards Before Saving for Retirement?

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Written by Guest Blogger · 26 February 2018

By Janet Alvarez

Conventional wisdom says you should pay off your credit cards before saving for retirement. While it’s generally true you should pay off high-interest credit card debt as quickly as possible, there are a few situations where retirement savings should come first. Let’s look at the benefits of each approach.

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Here's How You Can Participate in America Saves Week

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 22 February 2018

America Saves Week 2018 begins Monday! We’re so glad you’ve made the decision to encourage others to develop good savings habits. Here’s how you can prepare to participate in the week:

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Calling all savers: Here’s what America Saves Week has to offer you!

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Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 21 February 2018

It’s that time of year again! America Saves Week 2018 kicks off next Monday, February 26 and goes through Saturday, March 3.

5 Easy Ways to Save While You Shop

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 15 February 2018

There's a certain thrill you get when you treat yourself to a new wardrobe or restock your fridge with fresh groceries. It feels like a well-deserved reward. While shopping might seem completely harmless, it can be detrimental to your budget. 

Here are five ways to save money the next time you shop.

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6 steps for 20-something tax filers

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Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 13 February 2018

Better Money Habits has six simple steps to help you avoid rookie mistakes and take advantage of savings opportunities, whether this is your first time filing federal income taxes or your fifth.

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

    Are your kids asking these common questions about money? Here’s how to answer them: http://bit.ly/2jGssJs #BetterMoneyHabits #ASW18

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Coping with a Lost Job

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Aimee Shaffer worked as a Public Service News Director for radio for years until one day her employer downsized the company, resulting in hundreds of lost jobs, including Aimee’s.

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Inspired to Build Savings By Starting Small

Written by Great Lakes Michigan Saves | April 19, 2016

With little-to-no money in the bank and living on a limited income with her adult daughter, Sharon wasn’t sure if building up savings for her future was even possible. “At my age, to put debts behind me would be a relief,” she said, but she wasn’t quite sure how to even get started with a savings plan. That all changed when Sharon attended the Great Lakes Michigan Saves Pay Yourself First Saver’s Summit during America Saves Week.

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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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