Helpful tips for financial planning and getting your finances under control. Plan for a healthy financial future.

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Making Kids’ Allowance Count: They Key to Teaching Financial Literacy

Not surprisingly, opinions about how, why and when to give kids an allowance vary widely. Many articles, particularly those on sites devoted to personal finance, tout the benefits to helping kids gain an early grasp of financial literacy. When done right, they argue, teaching kids to manage their own money, to earn, spend and save […]

Woman puts coin in piggy bank: How to Change Bad Financial Habits
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From Small Change to Big Bucks: Resolve to Fix Your Bad Financial Habits

There are lots of ways to save money. Most, if not all of them, require some degree of steadfastness and discipline. You can resolve, for example, to hold off buying yourself any new clothing or housewares for a set period of time. You could pledge to never buying coffee or water out or tossing all […]

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27 Awesome Ways to Spend $5

At SafetyNet™, we’re big on saving money. Saving brings security, happiness and peace of mind. But spending money is a part of life and also something that brings joy. The key with spending wisely is focusing on the true value of your purchases and using your dollars in a way that will maximize your happiness—not […]

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Safety Net or Crystal Ball? Predict your Future with a Financial Statement

So many big life changes depend upon our finances. Deciding when it’s the best time to, say, switch careers or start a new business, take off and travel the world or even retire would be so much simpler if we could see the financial implications of our decisions. While big changes almost always feel risky—that’s […]

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Emergency Funds for Natural Disasters: What’s in your Financial First Aid Kit?

You’ve likely read recent headlines estimating that Hurricane Harvey will turn out to be the costliest disaster in U.S. history to date. In fact, it seems every week we are reading new headlines about the devastating costs due to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and more. And if history is any indication, they will keep coming—after all, […]

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A Home of Your Own: How to Evaluate Your Financial Readiness and Save for That Big Down Payment

Originally Published by Credit.com on Sept. 27, 2017 By Trae Bodge Everyone wants a piece of the American dream, and for many people that dream includes owning a home. But owning a home is one of the biggest financial steps you can take in your life, so it’s important to carefully assess your financial situation […]

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11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

Originally Published on Credit.com on Sept. 9, 2017 By Trae Bodge If you were aghast at how much you spent on holiday gifts when the credit card bills arrived last January, now is the time to start thinking about how to avoid a repeat performance. Even though it may feel shockingly early to begin thinking […]

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Financial Coach Peggy Olive Helps Clients with Their Dreams, Goals and Challenges

Financial Capability Specialist Peggy Olive has talked with thousands of people about their money. Whether coaching, counseling or training others to be financial coaches, Olive is driven by the same purpose: to help people align their money with their values. Financial coaches are a relatively new option for people looking to gain a better handle […]

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Managed to Amass an Emergency Expense Fund? Congratulations! Here’s How to Keep It

If you’ve succeeded in setting aside a chunk of change to cover those inevitable-yet-unexpected “expense shocks,” congratulations! You’re doing better than most. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making (SHED), barely half of Americans have an extra $400 at their disposal the event of, say, a car repair or […]

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Can You Afford a Pet? Check Your Budget Before Bringing Fido into the Family

The benefits to living with pets are well-documented. Their companionship improves our mental wellbeing. They can keep us physically active and lower our risk of heart disease. They teach children responsibility and can even keep young ones from developing allergies. Some also make excellent under-foot vacuum cleaners in the kitchen. A lesser known—and less popular—fact, […]