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Building wealth starts when you set a goal and make a plan to reach that goal. Whatever goal you choose – whether it’s buying a car, buying a house, or getting out from under your debts – learn about proven savings strategies and get simple tips on the best ways to save. Click on the links below to learn how to:

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Iowa Saves offers many programs for you:

  • Teachers...get a savings lesson and free piggy banks for class
  • Trainers...take a "train-the-trainer" workshop
  • Savers...meet with a financial coach

 

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  • 5 Holiday Mistakes That Could Cost You

    The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to enjoy vacations, catch up with family and friends, and eat great food. While the holidays are about quality time and making memories, it’s easy to get caught up with spending money. Here are five holiday mistakes to avoid this year so you can enjoy the season with your finances intact:

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  • Coping With the Cost of Caregiving

    This article is provided by AARP. 

    No matter where you work or what you do for a living, balancing work and family can be tough. But when the question of money comes into play, both can get even trickier. The fact is, financial advice for working families tends to focus on the cost of raising children, rather than the costs of caring for aging loved ones or family members with disabilities in need of long-term care.

    One in eight Americans provides care for a loved one facing illness, a

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  • How to Select the Best Health Insurance for You

    With open enrollment season comes cold calls from insurance companies and unsolicited voicemail ads. But it’s also your annual chance to revisit your employer benefits to determine which coverage is best for you and get the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some pointers to keep in mind while you select your benefits package for next year so you can have optimal coverage for yourself and your dependents.

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  • How to Know If You Have Enough Money to Retire

    By Lauren Minches, Actuary, Blueprint Income

    Retirement has become more complicated ever since employers stopped offering traditional pensions. Even worse, there’s an endless barrage of products, advertisements, and commercials trying to “help” you get ready for retirement. There’s enough advice floating around to create thousands of different retirements.

    Before deciding which product, investments, or plan is right, you should understand the basic principles and math behind a successful retirement. So here they are…

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Inspired to Build Savings By Starting Small

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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Transforming “I Can’t Save” to “I Will Save”

You will not believe what it took to completely change my life. About three years ago, the HR Administrator of the corporation where I worked (as a temp with no benefits) forwarded an email to me. Fifteen seconds. One small act of kindness. That's it - that's all it took!

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Taking Back Control Over Finances

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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