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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
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The Magic of Saving Money

Saving money can be magical. Start small, contribute regularly, and through compounding returns amazing things happen! Compounding returns is a fancy way of saying that money in savings and investment accounts earns MORE money for you – it works for you. In a savings account, you earn interest. In an investment account you earn returns such as dividends, interest, and growth in value. These ret...

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Tax Time is a Time to Build Your Savings

Finding money in a tight budget to put towards savings is challenging. However, tax time may provide an opportunity to kick-off that saving goal! The first step is to check if you are eligible for any tax credits. The Earned Income Credit is designed for people who worked part-time or full-time in 2014 and had earned income less than about $48,000. The amount you can re...

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The Game of Saving

We often play games to entertain us or to help teach life lessons in a pretend or safe environment. How about making savings a game? For many people, asking or requiring them to save as part of their overall spending plans, may feel like a punishment. I have to save this money so I CANT…. (Fill in the blank). When you are trying to reach a financial goal, you need the w...

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Share Your Savings Goal and Win the #imsavingfor Contest

To celebrate the upcoming America Saves Week , America Saves is launching the #imsavingfor contest. It's easy to enter. Just share a picture of you and what you are saving for and then enter to win $500 at America...

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Small Steps to Saving

To reach financial goals, like college or down payment on a home or a special trip, we need to save money. But it can be hard to start saving. One way strategy that works is to start small and to save regularly ! And when I say, start small – I mean small. How much do you think you'd save in one year if you put: One penny in a piggy bank...

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5 Simple Steps to Save Successfully this America Saves Week

I'm so excited: it's America Saves Week!  One of my favorite weeks of the year. We'll have blog posts each day of the week to celebrate. We're kicking things off with a great article from the national America Saves office -- a partner of Cooperative Extension. America Saves Week (February 23 – 28, 2015) is an annual oppo...

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Dear Young Friend: Maximize Interest on Savings in Buckets #1 and #2

Dear Karen, Thank you so much for the thoughtful information! I've read through it, and now it's marinating in my brain. I like the idea of "buckets," and I appreciate you breaking things into smaller chunks. (You must have heard stories of me and my "financial fatigue.") This all does help things feel less complicated, although I don't think anything with money...

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