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Do you accept the automatic savings challenge?

Savings Savings Challenge
Written by Madeline Daniels · 09 September 2016

Did you know the easiest and most effective way to save is automatically? It's how millions save through 401(k)s and other retirement programs at work. It is also how millions more save at their bank or credit union. That's why this September we are challenging you to make your savings or debt payments automatic.

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Two simple tools to visualize your retirement savings

Written by Madeline Daniels · 31 August 2016

If you’re concerned about your retirement savings, you’re far from alone. According to a recent survey from Wells Fargo, a majority of young adults don’t believe they will ever be able to accumulate the common retirement target of $1 million.

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Budgeting Savings Tips
Written by Madeline Daniels · 30 August 2016

The first step to spending less and saving more is to know exactly where all of your money goes each month. But there are many ways to create a budget and stick to it. So how do you know what system is the best? I’ve always felt that it’s whatever one you stick to the longest, whether it’s high-tech, low-tech, linked to your credit card, or something you input manually. 

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Too much debt? Here’s who to turn to for help

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Written by Madeline Daniels · 25 August 2016

Are you in too much debt? Think hard before you answer that question. We vastly underestimate or underreport our debt, according to Nerdwallet’s study of household credit card debt. In fact, our average debt is a shocking 155 percent more than the balances we report.

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Yes, you can save $1 million by the time you retire

Written by Madeline Daniels · 23 August 2016

Most young adults don’t buy into the idea that they will be able to save $1 million by the time they retire, according to a recent Wells Fargo study on millennials. And just six in ten of that same group have even started tackling saving for retirement.

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  • Written by Super User | August 28, 2013

    In 2012, the average credit card debt among adults aged 65+ was $9,283.

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

Written by Guest Blogger | January 13, 2016

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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Inspired to Build Savings By Starting Small

Written by Great Lakes Michigan Saves | April 19, 2016

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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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.

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