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5 steps to summer savings

Written by Madeline Daniels · 21 June 2017

It's the first day of summer! Between the backyard barbeques, days at the beach, and summer vacations -- the average vacation expense per person in the United States is $1,145 -- it's also the perfect opportunity to give your finances a fresh start and set your seasonal savings goal. 

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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

Savings Tips Family Savings
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.

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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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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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Learning to Save

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Kisha Barns’s financial situation was undisciplined, unrestricted, and impulsive before she came into contact with her local America Saves campaign, Charlotte Saves.

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