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How to use the envelope budget system

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

Debt Credit Credit Card Credit Union
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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Research shows 60% of Americans are spending all or more than their income

Research Savings Personal Savings
Written by Katie Bryan · 17 August 2016

New research from FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s Financial Capability in the United States 2016 report showed that Americans’ satisfaction with their personal finances has nearly doubled from 16% in 2009 to 31% in 2015. Unfortunately, the percent who are spending less than their income, and therefore have money to save, has not seen the same improvement.

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The FAQs of IRAs

Retirement Savings Personal Savings
Written by Madeline Daniels · 16 August 2016

Saving for retirement now will ensure you have a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. While retirement may seem a long way off, the earlier you start to save, the better, ideally in your first job.

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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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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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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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