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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

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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Sasha Learns: How to Buy a House -To Rent or Buy?

To rent or buy, that is the question! After being a renter for the last eight years of my life, I like the benefits of being a renter. I'm not tied down to my home and can move anywhere in the country. If something is broken, my property owner fixes it and I don't have to shovel snow or water the lawn! When my husband and I decided it was time to look around to buy a house I had some hesitation...

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