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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
Jennifer Hunt
SOCIAL SECURITY

How to Guard Your Social Security Number!

Back in February, I wrote a blog post about scams and what tasks you need to do right away if you become a victim . Recently my sister had her wallet stolen and unfortunately, her social security card was inside. According to the...

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Plan Well Retire Well Wins National Award

I'd like to take a minute to toot our own horn. The writing team behind the Plan Well Retire Well blog just won two awards for Internet Education Communications from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) at their annual conference held November 2-5, 2015 in White Sulfur Springs WV. We received first-place in the Central regi...

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How do you know who to trust with your money?

If you are like me, you read a headline today - "Madoff pleads guilty in largest Ponzi scheme ever." The largest Wall Street scam to date has everyone questioning how such a scam could happen. Even more so, many people might be asking how do I know who to trust with my money? So, how do you know who to trust with your money? To help you in the process of choosing a financial...

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What should you do with your tax refund?

Now is the time of year that most Americans are preparing and filing a tax return. If you will be receiving a tax refund this year, you may be thinking about what to do with the refund. In fact, the money may already be spent. For many consumers the "extra" money is often spent on a vacation, an extra consumer item for the house or maybe to pay off last years holiday bills. Consider the ide...

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TIME for a tea party

As I was deciding what to write about this morning, I asked my 4-year old for her thoughts about the topic. She said, please, can we have a tea party Mommy? I thought how does that relate to planning for the future. Well, here are my thoughts about how it relates more than one might think. The one thing saving for retirement and a tea party have in common is time. The earlier you st...

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Have fun being a cheapskate!

We have all seen the price of gas go over $4.00 a gallon and the reality is setting in that gas may even reach $5.00 a gallon over the summer. So, where do you find the extra money to help pay for rising prices such as gasoline and food. A good place as Karen discussed last week is from an emergency account, however, you don't want to drain your emergency account for everyday spending. As price...

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Valentine's Day - Could you save the money you spend for retirement?

Happy Valentine's Day! I was reminded of how much money we spend on extra little holidays as I prepared gifts for my children last night. While the spirit of giving is wonderful and the joy on their faces will be delightful, the money spent was enough "extra" to put towards the long term goal of retirement. One of the key reasons you often read people do not save for retirment is becaus...

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