Virginia Saves in Hampton Roads

Across the entire state of Virginia, people just like you are proving you can start small, and think big. Peninsula Savers are setting financial goals, tracking their spending and taking control of their financial future. Our staff and trained volunteers can show you how to develop a savings strategy and take one step at a time. So don't wait any longer...enroll in Hampton Roads Saves today!

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Savings Strategies:

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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Campaign Coordinator
Lanette S. Kelly, AFC® , CHC
Family and Consumer Sciences
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Young Hampton Roads Saves
Danielle Smith Jones, MPH
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Administrative Support
Eloise Graywolf
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Phone: (757) 591-4838

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    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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  • Should You Invest If You’re In Debt?

    Information for this article was provided by Chime.

    Investing in the stock market can be an effective strategy to improve your economic well-being, but it’s not always the most straightforward—especially, when debt comes into play. Whether you’re paying off student loans or still making payments on a mortgage you took out a decade ago, the simple truth is that most of us carry some form of debt. This undoubtedly adds another layer of complexity to financial decisions, and begs the question: should you invest if you have debt?

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The Gift of Homeownership

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.

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Starting and Continuing a Personal Finance Journey

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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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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