Northwoods Saves

Throughout the Northwoods, people just like you are proving that you don’t have to be rich to build wealth. Northwoods Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial futures. Our staff can show you how to develop a savings strategy and put you on the right path to building wealth! So what are you waiting for? Start making your dreams a reality today.

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About Us

Northwoods Saves is a non-profit with no agenda except to get people to plan their financial future. Northwoods Saves was launched in May of 2002, the first rural model of America Saves, the national program. Oneida County is our fiscal administrator. Northwoods Saves operates under the auspices of the Oneida County UW Extension serving residents and businesses of the Northwoods.

Governing Board Members

  • Lara Barbour, Ministry Health Care
  • Deb Blackstone, Family Resource Connection
  • Michael Boyd, Boyd Financial Services LLC
  • Jeremy McCone, Coldwell Banker Mulleady Realtors
  • Sara Richie, University of Wisconsin Extension - Oneida County
  • Bryan Seidl, Seidl Law Offices
  • Cheri Wilson, Sokaogon Finance, Inc

 

Our Goal

To help people in the Northwoods save and build financial security. Northwoods Saves vision statement is: "To forever change the way people think about money so they can save and spend with intent, bring stability to their financial present, and hope to their financial future."

What We Do

Northwoods Saves offers free counseling sessions to individuals and families in need of tools to help them become educated about saving.


Contact Us

Northwoods Saves, a service of University of Wisconsin Extension
Katie Pontbriand, Executive Director
3375 Airport Road #10
Airport Terminal – Lower Level
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: (715) 365-2752
Fax: (715) 365-2760
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    It’s always the right time to create a saving and spending plan (aka a budget). It’s also a good idea to revisit that plan annually or when a major shift occurs in your income or expenses. 

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    No worries! We’re sharing a list of seven free activities to enjoy with your family while social distancing.

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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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Another Dream Realized

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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Saving With My Boys

When Kelly was a kid, she loved the picture book A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. In the story, a little girl lives in an apartment with her mother and grandmother. The little girl’s mother is a waitress and sole provider for their family. Together the family saves money by putting their change in a giant jar every day. They are saving for a big cushy chair for the little girl’s hard-working mother. Together with patience and diligence, they buy the mother a very comfy chair.

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