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New Year, New You, and a Renewed Budget!

Debt Budgeting Financial Planning Financial Well-being
Written by Madalyn Pemberton · 07 December 2017

2018 is fast approaching, providing the perfect opportunity to hit the “reset” button on your budget, particularly if you’ve faced unexpected financial problems this past year. Getting back on track can feel like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Better Money Habits outlines six simple steps to follow on the road towards regaining control over your finances.

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ABLE Accounts: The What, Why, Where, and How

Savings Tips ABLE Accounts
Written by Madeline Daniels · 05 December 2017

Sunday, December 3 was International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We want to share with you the what, why, where, and how of ABLE accounts to support you and your loved ones towards your savings goals.

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Learn the ABCs of 529 College Savings Plans

Savings Tips College 529 Plans Saving for College Savings Family Savings
Written by Lori Schock · 05 December 2017

By Lori Schock, Director of the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy

Quoting a line from The Jackson 5 song “ABC,” learning about how to save for college, can be as “easy as one, two, three” if you check out the SEC’s Investor Bulletins:  An Introduction to 529 Plans and 10 Questions to Consider before Opening a 529 Account. While investing in a child’s education can seem overwhelming, understanding your options is an A+ first step.

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Five End of Year Savings Tips

Debt Savings Tips Retirement Assess Your Savings Savings
Written by Lani Poblete · 28 November 2017

As we approach the end of the year, there is no better time to evaluate the progress you have made towards your savings goals, set some new ones for the upcoming year, and see if there aren't a few specific ways you can still save some money before the year is over.

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Save Money and Give the Gift of Time This Holiday Season

Budgeting Savings Tips Holiday
Written by Lani Poblete · 21 November 2017

According to the National Retail Federation’s recent survey, more than 164 million Americans plan to shop over Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday. And of those, a whopping 20 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day.

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  • Written by Super User | August 28, 2013

    In 2012, the average credit card debt among adults aged 65+ was $9,283.

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Challenging Herself to Save

Written by Sara Cooper | April 15, 2014

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.

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Taking Back Control Over Finances

Written by Virginia Saves | August 5, 2015

After becoming a Virginia Saver and getting help from BankOn classes and coaching, Nadine Bialo took back control over her financial affairs.

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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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