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

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Affordable Home Ownership Resources with Realtor Ann Rachein

Couple buying home

As one of the top real estate agents in her area, Wisconsin realtor Ann Raschein volunteers her time in home ownership education. Serving on the board of both Habitat for Humanity of Dane County and the Homebuyers Roundtable of Dane County, she is committed to giving all families the opportunity to join a community as […]

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The Gift of Insurance: Financial Peace-of-Mind Wrapped in a Bow

Blue packages: Gift SafetyNet job loss insurance

If you’ve got loved ones out in the working world, consider forgoing the gift cards, fancy phones, and high-tech appliances this holiday season. Instead, give them something you won’t find in any store: financial peace-of-mind. SafetyNet® job loss insurance provides just that. Created for workers with a less-than-hefty savings account, it’s an inexpensive solution to […]

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6 Steps to De-stress Your Finances by Decluttering Your Bills

Woman decluttering her finances

Decluttering is a curious concept. First, it assumes you have an abundance of something (piles of shoes by the front door, cast-off toys, dusty knickknacks or old countertop appliances) getting in your way. Second, decluttering is based on an ever-moving, rather than fixed, goal. After all, if anyone actually dares to live in those serene, […]

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How Insurance Works

How insurance works

How do I know if I need insurance? Broadly speaking, insurance provides you with financial help when something bad happens unexpectedly or accidentally, for example, if your apartment catches fire or you are in a car accident. If you have the foresight to sign up and pay for insurance coverage before that event, your insurance may […]

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Why We Spend: The Psychology of Spending Money

psychology of spending

It’s likely no surprise that money is a leading cause of stress among most Americans. Financial decisions—whether making purchases, paying down debt or building up savings—require willpower, good judgment and discipline. Why is it, however, that even when people aren’t in the midst of a financial crisis or vicious cycle of debt, making ends meet […]

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Practicing Mindful Finances: Begin by Watching Yourself Make Choices

Woman practicing mindful finances

Say you’ve resolved to curtail your wardrobe spending or set $100 aside each month into a rainy day account. Financial resolutions, like diets or work out plans, start out strong as our enthusiasm gives us a top-of-the-mind kind of commitment. But then… life gets in the way. We experience an unexpected disruption (or two). We […]

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Should I Get a Payday Loan? Beware the High Cost of Short-Term Loans

Man signing a payday loan contract

Unexpected costs are a fact of life. Accruing debt to payday lenders doesn’t have to be. It seems to be a reasonable solution, at least on the surface. You’ve got a chunk of money due right now and a paycheck coming your way in the next couple of weeks. What’s the harm in borrowing that […]

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A Summer Spending Freeze: One Person’s Plan to Tackle the Challenge

Woman shopping

  Recently Marlena H. embarked on a self-imposed, one-month “personal spending freeze,” announcing her intentions on social media and inviting others to join. Intrigued by what inspired her to take on such a challenge, SafetyNet™ reached out to learn more about the impact of her financially minimal month on her day-to-day life (and, subsequently, her […]

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10 Money Saving Tips for College Kids

10 Money Saving Tips for College Kids Infographic

1) Save on laptops and software Check for sales and student discounts before buying a computer or software. Labor Day and Black Friday are good times to get deep discounts on electronics. Many companies offer reduced prices to students, and campus bookstores often have good deals. Protect your investment with anti-virus software. 2) Shop thrift […]

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Can You Afford to Be a Stay-At-Home Parent

Woman and daughter learning

If you’re like most parents of young children, you have probably given some thought to the idea of packing up your office to become a stay-at-home parent. After all, for middle-income American families, child care and education is second only to housing when it comes to major expenses. These days, more than one-third of American […]