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Saving and investing your money
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The Best Financial Tool for Young Adults …

What do young people do? They move: from home to college dorm, from one apartment to the next apartment, to the summer job, home again, to the next rental duplex, and so it goes! And in the process, stuff accumulates and stuff gets lost. One of the best financial tools I ever gave my sons is a simple, plastic file box. I gave them each one at the end of high school. It's a place to keep...

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Posted by Kathy Sweedler at 11:23PM on 7/28/2014
Categories: Kathy Sweedler Kids and Money Organizing Finances

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Financial Fat Cat

Recently the Consumer Economics Team of Educators were discussing the Go Banking Rates Financial Tip Summer Challenge. They wanted to be apart of the contest but were unsure of what their video would be about. It had to be a quick tip to help individuals and families save money. It a...

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Posted by Sasha Grabenstetter at 3:00PM on 7/21/2014
Categories: Author Sasha Whitley Reduce Spending Saving Money

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Back to school shopping: It’s as Easy as A-B-C and 1-2-3

I saw my first television ad for back to school supplies on July 1 this year and I just shook my head. For many school-aged children, especially in the Midwest, school has barely ended for the year and they are reminded that it is all about to start over again. Why, they have not had a chance to get bored yet! My all-time favorite commercial shows a dad shopping for his two children. He...

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Posted by Pam Atkinson at 11:31AM on 7/17/2014
Categories: Pam Atkinson Budgeting How to Choose/Purchase a ... Reduce Spending Saving Money

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Paying Down that Dastardly Debt

Recently, I have been receiving requests from many of my friends about what they can do to work on paying down their dastardly debt. Whether it is student loans, that amazing vacation you splurged on or that new 70 inch TV complete with Blu-ray and surround sound you financed via credit card, most of us have some sort of debt we would like to take out of the picture. The problem many face is th...

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Posted by Sasha Grabenstetter at 12:45PM on 7/10/2014
Categories: Author Sasha Whitley Budgeting Credit and Debt Organizing Finances Reduce Spending Saving Money

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Stress Test Your Financial Plans

When I faced a major life decision two years ago, looking at my financial situation was a big factor in the decision. I estimated what my future expenses would be, and compared those against my expected income. I did a net worth statement , which forced me to total up my assets and liabilities. I even guesstimate...

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Posted by Karen Chan at 10:25AM on 7/3/2014
Categories: Karen Chan Budgeting How to Choose/Purchase a ... Retirement Planning

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Fun Financial Game Apps for Kids!

Summertime! It's a wonderful time of year to slow down and relax after a busy school year of homework, events, and bustling to be on time. Summer is also a chance for children to practice life skills including money management. Activities and conversations that involve our daily lives can help make money real to children. While you're shopping at the grocery store, paying the monthly bi...

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Posted by Kathy Sweedler at 11:31AM on 6/26/2014
Categories: Apps Kathy Sweedler Kids and Money

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10 MORE Rules Money Savvy Kids Should Know by Age 18

I have mentioned before that I did not do a very good job of teaching my kids how to handle money. That is in part because my parents did not do a good job teaching me. Finances were something that were not talked about with children (who should be seen and not heard!). Many do not believe that family finances should be talked about and in some cases that is true. But, there are plenty of thing...

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Posted by Pam Atkinson at 2:26PM on 6/23/2014
Categories: Pam Atkinson How to Choose/Purchase a ... Kids and Money