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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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Split Deposit: The Workplace Perk that Will Help Employees Build Wealth

Savings Tips America Saves Week Workplace Savings
Written by Guest Blogger · 27 February 2018

By Bill Sullivan, Senior Director and Group Manager for Government and Industry, NACHA

American workers are not saving enough for their future or to even cover emergencies and planned expenses that may crop up in the short term.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Administrator2 | March 19, 2014

    Having emergency savings may be the most important way to stay afloat financially http://ow.ly/r6i1n

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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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Jump-Starting a Financial Makeover

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Nichelle Johnson, a single mom with two teenage children, knows what it’s like to stretch a dollar. When she moved back to Virginia Beach in 2008, she provided for her family with just a part-time library position.

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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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