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Nontraditional families and money timelines
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Rethinking Traditional Money Timelines

Nontraditional Families Need Nontraditional Financial Support American families have changed dramatically over the past several decades—and so have their finances. While growing up in a nuclear family may have once been the norm, today's…
Dog in cone of shame: Reasons to buy pet insurance
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7 Reasons to Buy Pet Insurance

Lots of Americans own pets—more than half of us, in fact. When it comes to dogs and cats alone, 36.5% percent of Americans owned dogs in 2012 and 30.4% owned cats—and for good reason. Beyond being Facebook-worthy adorableness, pets bring…
Happy family in grass
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SafetyNet™ Job Loss and Disability Insurance Launches in Mississippi

Originally published on Globe News Wire on July 18, 2018 With more than 60 percent of Mississippi residents experiencing stress over paying bills, SafetyNet offers increased peace of mind over financial security MADISON, Wis., June 18, 2018…
Lend money to friends and family
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How to Lend Money without Ruining Your Relationship: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

While the labor force continues to grow, Bankrate’s most recent Financial Security Index survey reveals that the savings rate Americans continues to trend downward. In January, only 39% of people surveyed said they had enough in their savings…
Money and happiness: Father and son
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The Relationship Between Money and Happiness: Can Your Income Solve Your Problems?

We may have been told that money can't buy happiness, but research shows that for most of us—at least up to a point—the two really are linked. In January 2018, the journal Nature Human Behavior published a study that that says individuals…
Profitable garage sale
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Tips for a Profitable Yard Sale: Make Sure It Will Be Worth the Effort!

A yard sale offers the allure of profitable decluttering—what better way to clear out all your unneeded sports equipment and gently used furniture than to sell it all to happy buyers! If you’re not realistic, however, you may just be…
Man returning to work after 60
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Returning to Work after 60? You’re Not Alone

Recent research reveals that more and more Americans are returning to work after retiring from their primary careers. In fact, in 2016 more than 18% of Americans 65 or older were employed—the majority of them full-time. That number was up…
Woman asking for a raise
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Money Script: How to Ask for a Raise

Receiving a raise can be one of the easiest ways to increase your savings. Even if you invest just half of the monthly increase into your emergency fund, your retirement account, or your children’s college account, you are on your way to greater…
Father and son - energy saving tips
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Energy Saving Tips for Your Home: A Powerful Way to Save Money!

Looking to save money? The answer might be right at home. According to research by the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American household spends $2,000 on energy costs each year, with nearly 30% of those costs spent on appliances,…
Student looking at computer at student loan debt
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Could Your Student Loans Be the Key to Building Your Emergency Savings?

It’s not hard to believe that people who have managed to set aside money in case of emergencies enjoy a greater sense of “financial wellbeing.”  Freedom from worrying about the “what ifs” and a sense of pride in achieving a monetary…
Woman shopping
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Private sector can lift up workers

Originally Published in the Quad-City Times on May 3, 2018 By the end of August, The Bon-Ton’s liquidation bankruptcy will mean the closing of 15 Younkers stores in Iowa, as well as one Herbergers location. Around the United States, these…
the impact of student debt on young employees infographic
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Impact of Student Debt on Young Employees

Young workers are worried about repaying their student debt, according to a recent survey by American Student Assistance®, a private nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to education. They are highly stressed out about…
Family eating cheap meal recipes
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7 Best Websites for Easy and Cheap Meal Recipes

When the U.S. economy took a plunge back in 2008, the amount of money Americans spent eating out took a parallel plunge. But since 2010, that number began to rise once again. In fact, it surpassed 2007’s previously highest dollar amount just…
Credit cards: How to negotiate with your credit card company
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How (and What) to Negotiate with Your Credit Card Company

Most credit card holders think that late fees, annual charges, and interest rates are set in stone. Yet a 2017 survey by CreditCards.com found that 84% of cardholders who picked up the phone and asked for better terms were told “yes.” When…