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Minding the Gap: A Practice in Financial Feminism

Savings Tips Retirement Investing
Written by Tammy Bruzon · 16 June 2017

America Saves, a national campaign that promotes savings, notes significant differences in savings between men and women. A 2014 survey showed that women displayed a greater interest in savings, but there was no greater savings effort or savings effectiveness compared to men. But just two years later in the same survey, the gender gap leapt off the page. Woman were notably behind across 12 important financial indicators including consumer debt, savings habits, emergency savings, and general savings progress.

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LED: The best way to light up your home and fatten your wallet!

Savings Tips Homeownership Family Savings
Written by Jesse Kusimba · 15 June 2017

As the world strives to become more energy efficient, many are switching the type of bulbs used in the home from traditional incandescent (or slightly more efficient halogen incandescent) to light emitting diodes (LEDs) and saving at least a thousand dollars over ten years, according to research from the Consumer Federation of America. It is not only good for your wallet, but also helps the planet. By using more energy-efficient lighting and cutting back on energy consumption, emissions from power plants are also reduced—a win for consumers, a win for the environment.

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Appreciate Dad without Breaking the Bank: Five Thrifty Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 14 June 2017

When you’ve procrastinated planning for Father’s Day, it’s tempting to shell out big bucks rather than brainstorm inexpensive gifts. Especially when free two-day shipping makes it super easy to get that electric razor on time, or reservation apps put nice restaurants at your fingertips. But blowing through your budget before the month is up on a single day, while well-intentioned, is likely to result in more stress and gray hairs than it is ultimately worth—especially if it results in asking for help from dad later in the month.

Consumer Alert: What to Expect When the DOL Conflict Rule Goes Into Effect

Retirement Investing Fiduciary Rule
Written by Barbara Roper, Consumer Federation of America · 07 June 2017

Because of the Department of Labor's new conflict of interest rule set to take effect on June 9, workers and retirees will  be legally entitled to retirement investment advice that serves their best interests, regardless of who provides that advice or how they choose to pay for it. >> Learn more from Consumer Federation of America

 

 

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Saving Early: Key to Successful Future

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

For Johnnie Lovett, a Young Illinois Saver, saving has been a habit since he was a teenager. “As a teenager, I was responsible for buying certain things with my allowance,”

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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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Another Dream Realized

Written by Tammy G. Bruzon | November 7, 2014

Mary Brown was already a disciplined individual when she came to Wisconsin Saves coordinator Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) in last summer. She had successfully completed her bachelor’s degree with the assistance of her husband and son, and was now ready to tackle her next big dream – homeownership.

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