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Reducing Financial Stress During the Holidays

Holiday Financial Well-being
Written by Lani Poblete · 12 December 2017

While the holidays should be a joyful time, the busyness of the season on top of the financial burden can bring unwelcome stress. From out-of-town guests, to holiday gift giving, to hosting holiday gatherings, there are many factors that can leave us taking a few deep breaths.

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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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  • Written by Katie Bryan | December 20, 2013

    Setting reasonable expectations can help keep your #holiday festivities #frugal! http://ow.ly/COTJP

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Developing a Savings "Game Plan"

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Eunice Diaz, a teacher in Colorado Springs, had been noticing a pattern. Despite the fact that she and her husband were “making good money,” they were spending their entire earnings and “were still struggling at the end of the month.”

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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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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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