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Replacing or Upgrading Appliances: An Often Overlooked Big Ticket Purchase

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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

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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

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Written by Katie Bryan · 30 September 2015

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

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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.


Five Fun & Frugal Activities for Autumn

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Written by Tammy Greynolds · 28 September 2015

School has started, the summer weather has broken – autumn has arrived. Whether you are recovering from back-to-school expenses or are looking ahead to the holiday season, there are plenty of fun and frugal ways to make the most of the fall season without going broke in the process.


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

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Taking Steps Toward Financial Fitness

Written by Tammy Greynolds | November 7, 2014

Nicky Vasquez learned about Virginia Saves when she attended her first class with Bank On Virginia Beach. The instructor shared how important it was to have a written savings goal, and the entire class joined Virginia Saves as the first step toward financial fitness.


Learning to Save

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

Kisha Barns’s financial situation was undisciplined, unrestricted, and impulsive before she came into contact with her local America Saves campaign, Charlotte Saves.


The Gift of Homeownership

Written by Tammy Greynolds | August 5, 2015

Quaneka Willis, a single mother of three children, was receiving rental assistance through the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee when she decided to take control of her finances. So, in September of 2013 she attended the Make Your Money Talk program and pledged as a Wisconsin Saver. In less than 12 months, she had maximized her savings and was beginning the process of purchasing her first home.


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