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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
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Three Money Strategies You Can Do with Your Children

Youth manage money better as adults if the following happens while they are young: conversations about money happen regularly, a savings account is opened in their name, and they are given opportunities to practice using money and to talk about these experiences. Adults share the responsibility of helping youth and young adults learn how to man...

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In February's Podcast, Kathy, Camaya and Sasha discuss goals and goal setting. You can listen to the podcast on SoundCloud ! Laugh and learn with us as the consumer economics team discusses goals together and how to make them less scary!...

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Make the best out of your tax refund: Tips from americasaves.org

In celebration of America Saves Week, February 25-March 2, here are a few tips from americansaves.org to make the most out of your tax refund: It is not extra: most of it is the hard-earned money that you worked throughout the year Come up with a plan for you...

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Join Us Online #ASW19

Come to our party! We're celebrating America Saves Week online on Wednesday, February 27th! At noon, we kick off with a webinar about Money and Relationships . Register at go.uiillinois.edu/GetSavvyWebinars to be sent login information. Ta...

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Celebrate America Saves Week! #ASW19

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year!  Why? Because it's like a BIG party across the nation celebrating saving money! America Saves Week takes a simple message -- save money regularly -- and let's us focus on it. The message is simple, but the reality of saving isn't always! This week the Illinois Extension educators behind Plan Well, Retire Well are involved in numerou...

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Getting through Tough Financial Times & Side Gigs!

Many people face tough economic times periodically, and some of the challenges they experience are due to unforeseen or unanticipated circumstances. As an educator who teaches personal finance, it is easy to discuss the merits or advantages of saving for the unexpected. In other words, it gives me such pleasure to write about the steps to developing an emergency savings account, as someone who...

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Stressing about Taxes? Survival Steps!

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed, I thought it might be a little extra stressful to prepare my tax return for 2018 with all the different changes. Well, now tax filing time is here and the number crunching begins! Let's look at steps you can take to reduce tax filing stress. Before you pull out a calculator or login in to a tax return preparation program, take time to...

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Financial Transparency? What's that?

In December's podcast, Family Financial Feuds "To Show or Not To Show", Camaya and I mentioned my friend and colleague Emily Koochel's work with the financial transparency scale . Emily Koochel is a PhD student at Kansas State University and a graduate teaching assista...

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