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Saving Money on Your First Mortgage

Savings Tips Home Homeownership
Written by Guest Blogger · 08 October 2015

By John Leo Weber, Director of Search Marketing at Geek Powered Studios

Buying a home is the biggest financial commitment that most people will ever make, so it is important to understand how mortgages work, and how to avoid the common pitfalls of taking on a mortgage. With so many moving parts in the home buying process it’s easy to get confused about the terminology, the steps, and the costs involved.


New Partner Packet Released: Holiday Spending & Saving

Automatic Savings Savings Tips Holiday Partner Packet
Written by Tammy Greynolds · 07 October 2015

Consumers are getting savvier about saving during the holiday season, but retailers are catching on. It's been reported that major retailers are already baiting holiday shoppers to spend — spend — spend. That is all the more reason to make savings a priority during the holiday season.


Replacing or Upgrading Appliances: An Often Overlooked Big Ticket Purchase

Savings Tips Home Big Ticket Savings
Written by Guest Blogger · 05 October 2015

By Elizabeth Kiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Family Resource Management Extension Specialist, Kansas State University

Saving for a new computer, a longed-for vacation, or a deposit for an apartment are goals that many of us can relate to. Because we use them daily, saving to replace or upgrade appliances is not always a high priority. If you’ve priced any appliances lately, you know that they can be big ticket items, particularly if you need to replace a refrigerator, washer and dryer, or television in a hurry.


How to Automate Saving to Buy a Home

Automatic Savings Home Homeownership
Written by Guest Blogger · 30 September 2015

By Neal Frankle, Los Angeles-based Certified Financial Planner and chief editor of,, and

Once you’ve decided to buy a home, you probably want to get it done as soon as possible. I understand that. Still, there may be some distance between you and the down payment you need to get in to your cozy castle. How do you bridge that gap? In my experience, the easiest and fastest way to get this done is to automate your financial life as much as possible.


Americans to Win Big Again in 2016 By Putting Part of Tax Refunds Directly into Savings

Tax Time Saving Press Release Partnerships
Written by Katie Bryan · 30 September 2015

Doorways To Dreams Fund And America Saves Team Up To Extend And Expand Save Your Refund Campaign

Contact: Katie Bryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 202-939-1018

BOSTON and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Taxpayers across America once again will have a chance to win cash prizes just by saving a portion of their tax refund through the Save Your Refund campaign, thanks to a new partnership between the Doorways to Dreams Fund (D2D) and America Saves, an initiative of the Consumer Federation of America.


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  • Written by Katie Bryan | November 25, 2013

    Tip to #save when shopping: You can #save more than 10% by comparing prices at different stores.

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Coping with a Lost Job

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Aimee Shaffer worked as a Public Service News Director for radio for years until one day her employer downsized the company, resulting in hundreds of lost jobs, including Aimee’s.


Another Dream Realized

Written by Tammy Greynolds | 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.


Taking Back Control Over Finances

Written by Virginia Saves | August 5, 2015

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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