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How to Select the Best Health Insurance for You

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 01 November 2018

With open enrollment season comes cold calls from insurance companies and unsolicited voicemail ads. But it’s also your annual chance to revisit your employer benefits to determine which coverage is best for you and get the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some pointers to keep in mind while you select your benefits package for next year so you can have optimal coverage for yourself and your dependents.

How to Know If You Have Enough Money to Retire

Written by Guest Blogger · 25 October 2018

By Lauren Minches, Actuary, Blueprint Income

Retirement has become more complicated ever since employers stopped offering traditional pensions. Even worse, there’s an endless barrage of products, advertisements, and commercials trying to “help” you get ready for retirement. There’s enough advice floating around to create thousands of different retirements.

Before deciding which product, investments, or plan is right, you should understand the basic principles and math behind a successful retirement. So here they are…

Should You Invest If You’re In Debt?

Written by Guest Blogger · 22 October 2018

Information for this article was provided by Chime.

Investing in the stock market can be an effective strategy to improve your economic well-being, but it’s not always the most straightforward—especially, when debt comes into play. Whether you’re paying off student loans or still making payments on a mortgage you took out a decade ago, the simple truth is that most of us carry some form of debt. This undoubtedly adds another layer of complexity to financial decisions, and begs the question: should you invest if you have debt?

Get Prepared for a Financial Planner

Written by Guest Blogger · 19 October 2018

By Rebecca Wiggins, Executive Director, AFCPE®

Do you find yourself struggling to pay off debt, or sticking to your spending plan each month? Are you trying to find extra money leftover so you can begin saving for your child’s college education? Or maybe you are just uncertain of where to start or what questions to even ask?

3 Ways to Treat Yourself and Your Finances

Written by Darlene Aderoju · 12 October 2018

National Dessert Day is a great time to treat yourself with your favorite goodies. It’s also a great time to treat yourself to some new ways to save money. When you start practicing good savings habits you set yourself up for financial success. Here’s how to treat yourself and your finances.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Administrator2 | January 14, 2014

    To minimize interest charges, limit credit card purchases to those you can pay off in full at the end of the month. In the end you'll have more for emergency savings. http://ow.ly/FJyVP

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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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From Overwhelmed to In Control

Written by | September 12, 2019

In 2017 Debi felt overwhelmed. Her credit cards were maxed, and she wasn't exactly sure how to handle it. When asked how her credit issues started, her answer sounded like many Savers that we've spoken to: making too many impulse purchases. “I was driven by feelings like ‘That sounds good,’ or ‘I am too tired to cook.’” Then she attended a university extension program that introduced her to America Saves. That’s where she heard the tip that set her on her savings journey - stop accumulating debt.

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Put 20 Percent Away

Written by Lindsay Ferguson | July 8, 2019

“I am a single mother, and I make ends meet for me and my daughter, but I wanted to put money away for my daughter for a college fund. So I started saving 20 percent of my paycheck every month to put it away in a savings account with a high Annual Percentage Yield (APY). By the time my daughter is 18, I will have saved nearly $90,000.”

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