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Top 10 consumer problems of 2015

Written by Madeline Daniels and Susan Grant · 26 July 2016

Have you ever received an unexpected call from the IRS, a utility company, or tech support demanding immediate payment or your personal information? “Don’t assume that it’s true,” says Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Imposter scams were the fastest-growing complaints to state and local consumer protection agencies last year, according to a just-released annual survey report from CFA and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators.

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Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Day by opening an ABLE account

Written by Madeline Daniels · 26 July 2016

It’s Americans with Disabilities Day, and there’s plenty to celebrate this year as we welcome new ABLE accounts.

Created by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, ABLE accounts provide a savings opportunity for Americans with disabilities and their families. Individuals can save to these accounts without losing eligibility for critical benefits such as healthcare or Supplemental Security Income.

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Is your credit card debt out of control? Find out by answering 4 simple questions

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Written by Madeline Daniels · 20 July 2016

Over one-third of American households carry their credit card balances forward every month, according to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. It’s no wonder that getting out of debt is the third most common goal among savers who took the America Saves pledge to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.

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How to get one-on-one savings help in your area

Written by Madeline Daniels · 19 July 2016

You opened a savings account, cashed in your jar of change, and started packing your lunch. But your savings account balance remains at zero.

Sometimes you just need a little one-on-one help to kick start your savings. Luckily, there are over 60 local America Saves campaigns located nationwide that you can connect with for one-on-one help and to learn more about savings initiatives and events in your area.

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How do your savings habits and attitudes compare to most Americans?

Personal Savings Index
Written by Madeline Daniels · 14 July 2016

Most Americans are just as interested in saving, are making the same amount of effort to save, and are saving just as effectively as last summer, according to our newest survey data. Except for one surprising group: the wealthiest among us.

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Tip of the Day

  • Written by Administrator2 | January 13, 2014

    Never purchase expensive items on impulse. Think over each expensive purchase for at least 24 hours. Acting on this principle will mean you have far fewer regrets about impulse purchases, and far more money for emergency savings. http://ow.ly/sj972

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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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Jump-Starting a Financial Makeover

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Nichelle Johnson, a single mom with two teenage children, knows what it’s like to stretch a dollar. When she moved back to Virginia Beach in 2008, she provided for her family with just a part-time library position.

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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,”

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