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Prepare for Life's Surprises...With Your Tax Return

Tax Time Saving Savings Tips
Written by Guest Blogger · 18 December 2014

The following post has been modified from the Military Saves Blog. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

By now, you may already know how you want to spend your tax return. Before you’ve spent the money in your mind, think about the many challenges that life can pose. These challenges can often be eased by having some money saved.


Should You Consider an Extended Warranty?

Budgeting Holiday Savings Warranty
Written by Guest Blogger · 17 December 2014

By Jennifer Hunter, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Family Finance Extension Specialist

Extended warranties are available on a multitude of items ranging from DVDs to major household appliances and automobiles. Often it can be difficult during the few seconds you have at the cash register to make an informed decision about purchasing an extended warranty for a product.


Help Build a Foundation for Your Child's Money Skills, part 1

Family Savings
Written by Guest Blogger · 11 December 2014

For parents with children ages 3 to 5

This guest post is courtesy of CFPB and FDIC’s joint education and awareness campaign.


Six Warning Signs That You May Be Spending Too Much Money This Holiday Season

Budgeting Holiday Savings
Written by Laura Roler · 10 December 2014

The following post comes from the Military Saves Blog.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

The holidays are fast approaching, and you may already be spending money and buying gifts to prepare. Before you spend too much money, take a moment to watch for these six warning signs that you may be spending too much money this holiday season.


Protect Yourself Before & After a Data Breach

Holiday Identity Theft Identity Fraud
Written by Guest Blogger · 09 December 2014

By Amy Maliga, Take Charge America

Last holiday season’s large-scale Target data breach and other breaches throughout 2014, including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Staples, and Michaels, are leaving consumers increasingly concerned about the security of their personal and financial information. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 2014 has already seen a total of 644 data breaches spread across the retail, financial, health care and education sectors, with more than 78 million consumer records exposed.


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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | December 23, 2013

    Tip to Save During the Holidays: Decide how much you can spend. via @Bankrate

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Saving Early: Key to Successful Future

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

For Johnnie Lovett, a Young Illinois Saver, saving has been a habit since he was a teenager. “As a teenager, I was responsible for buying certain things with my allowance,”


Challenging Herself to Save

Written by Sara Cooper | April 15, 2014

It all started when Marchale Burton overheard Alabama cooperative extension colleague Isaac Chappelle, coordinator of Alabama Saves, explaining how saving just a little bit – even change – is all it takes to become a saver. “I thought about that,” Burton said, “and wanted to see if it would work.” So, she challenged herself to see how much change she could save.


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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