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Get Ready to Learn: Money Smart Week 2014 Is Coming!

Money Smart Week is coming, April 5 to 12, 2014. It's the best time of year to learn anything you want about managing your finances. Why is it the best time? It's all free. There will likely workshops near you . Over 1025 programs will take place...

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Bridal Christmas: Wedding Dress Shopping on a Budget

Though it may not seem like the time of year to think about weddings given our current polar vortex winter, spring is coming up soon and that means wedding season! Even if you're already married – this post may relate to someone you know - A daughter or son, a niece nephew, or a new member of your family. As a former employee of a major bridal salon in the US as well as just purchasing my very...

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Death Over Dinner

Two major events for me happened this month. One, my cousin was killed in a traffic accident involving him on a bicycle and a car. The car of course won in spite of Dook taking all the right precautions as he traveled on a course he had ridden hundreds of times. And while his death was sudden, tragic and unexpectedly early (he was only 65!), as a lawyer I am reasonably certain that he was prepa...

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Finding Fares for Flights

I am by no means a travel expert; however I have done quite a significant amount of traveling in my time. In the last year alone - I have booked 17 round trip flights. I try to be extra savvy when I shop for flights – as I hate to pay more for tickets than may seem fiscally necessary. Below are some ways I have saved money on my flights that may help you this holiday season. Wat...

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Save the Date for Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week is a great way to celebrate Financial Literacy Month with educational and fun events! Money Smart Week begins in our communities April 20 th through the 27 th . Launched in 2002, the program is now active in more than 41 states through national partnerships wi...

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Money Smart Week 2012 Is Here

What : Money Smart Week is eight days during which programs and events on every financial topic imaginable are offered to help consumers learn how to manage their personal finances. The effort is led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. When : April 21-28, 2012. Hundreds of free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education will take...

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Do You Know It All?

Learning about finances never stops .When we're teenagers we tend to focus on spending money – and we're busy learning about checking and savings accounts. As young adults we learn more about using credit wisely for large purchases such as cars and homes. Time passes and a need to understand insurance, job benefits, and investments becomes evident. And at middle-age &ndash...

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America Saves: Do You?

Today is the final day of America Saves Week . America Saves is a national campaign to persuade Americans who have little or no savings to "build wealth, not debt." Savers identify a savings goal and take action on a plan to achieve it. The America Saves program is free and motivational. Check out monthly messages from America Saves e-wealth coaches:...

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America Saves: An Offer That's Truly Too Good to Refuse

Want some great financial advice from some of the nation's leading financial experts...for free? Seriously, this service really exists and nobody is trying to sell you anything. The America Saves program posts monthly messages from e-wealth coaches about topics related to savings and personal finance. To view what they have to say, see: http://bit.ly/hSJn...

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America Saves: Watch Your Back, uhh, Bank

Do you know how much money is in your bank account? America Saves urges you to avoid overdraft fees by keeping track of your spending. The $20-40 you could save each month by not bouncing checks or overdrawing could put nearly $500 in your emergency savings account. For more savings tips, visit: http://bit.ly/fLuD29 ....

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America Saves: Let's Get Started!

In observation of America Saves Week, we'll be posting numerous tips on our blog this week to help you save. Do you use cash for small purchases, and end up with bothersome change in your wallet or pocket? Save your loose change! According to America Saves , saving fifty cents a day over the course of a year will allow you to save nearly 40% of a $500 emergency fund. Remember, s...

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Money Smart Week 2010 Kicks Off This Week

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's Annual Money Smart Week kicked off this weekend. For those who don't know, Money Smart Week is a big event in Illinois. Every year, financial professionals from across the state offer over 400 free financial management workshops and activities at libraries, schools, churches, and community organizations to youth, adults, and seniors. Today, I attend...

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Add to Your Knowledge during National Financial Literacy Month

New laws and regulations, a blitz of ads about financial products, the economy in a spin ... just how are we supposed to learn about finances AND then apply it to our lives? At times it's truly overwhelming! My only solution is to keep adding to my knowledge bit by bit by reading, talking to others, and attending presentations. Across Illinois, people have the opportunity to add...

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It's Time to Be Counted

By now, you have likely received your 2010 Census forms in the mail. Some of you, like myself, have probably already completed and returned the form; I had to otherwise it may have gotten misplaced and not returned at all. For those who have not returned your form yet, I hope this blog encourages you to do so as soon as possible. What is the Census? The Census is an off...

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New Plan Well, Retire Well E-Newsletter Announced

Would you like to receive links to our blog posts, news articles, and other fascinating financial news? This is a great way to not miss any of the Plan Well, Retire Well blogs! The e-news is published once a month. Subscribe for free today!...

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Money Smart Week is here!

From April 18 to April 25, take advantage of the numerous workshops and other public events that are part of Money Smart Week . In the Chicago metropolitan area, there are more than 450 separate events. There are also numerous events in Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington, Peoria, Rockford, and the Quad Cities. Led by the...

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Money Smart Week Illinois (Chicago, Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, Quad Cities...)

Once upon a time, in a land very close by, a wise person decided that he (or maybe it was a she - I actually don't know) wanted to make the world (or at least Chicago) a better place. This person worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago , so of course they wanted to help the people of the land learn how to better manage their money. And so this perso...

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Happy America Saves Week!

Happy America Saves Week! American Saves promotes saving money and reducing debt all year 'round but this week is a special celebration. Saving money sounds like a good idea. But, how do you save a dollar when you feel like you don't have a dime to spare? You need a goal that is important to you to work towards. You need to believe that small changes in behavior can make a big differenc...

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Plan Well, Retire Well Blog Celebrates!

Happy Birthday to the Plan Well, Retire Well Blog ! One year ago my colleagues and I decided to try a new way to communicate with people about saving and investing money, and we started the Plan Well, Retire Well Blog . Our blog supplements the Plan Well, Retire Well: Your how-to guide website. The past year h...

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Getting Through Tough Financial Times

I have been thinking about financial wellness a lot in the last couple of months. On September 5 th , I wrote a blog, "Financial Wellness ... What does it mean to you?" exploring the definition of financial wellness. Over Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I had time to sit down and think thr...

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Money Smart Week Chicago, April 20 to 26, 2008

Got a financial question? I'm willing to bet that you can find a free workshop during Money Smart Week Chicago that will answer it. Money Smart Week runs from April 20 to 26, 2008, and you can find a workshop on almost every conceivable financial topic. Several years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago began assembling a group of partners to...

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Money Smart Week in Illinois

Finances! Do you ever feel like there's too much to learn and no place to start? I work in financial management education and I often feel like it's overwhelming. What's the answer? Just pick something specific, go to an event or read an article, and add a little bit to your knowledge over time. This is my strategy and I do think it makes a difference. I know more now than I did five ye...

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America Saves Week – Just do it! Start to save or increase your savings now.

Take the steps not the elevator. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk. Take the family for a Sunday walk rather than a Sunday drive.   It seems wherever we turn, there's someone encouraging us to increase our exercise and become healthier. And, the message is, "a few small steps can make the difference."   America...

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One more blog about money and retirement

I recently did a search to see how many financial blogs there are with URLs ending in .edu. I was a little surprised that I found only a couple, although there are scads of them on commercial websites. Our team of four financial educators has decided to fill that gap!   The Cooperative Extension Service, of which we are a part, is charged with providing research based, unbiased...

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