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When there’s too much month at the end of the money

Originally Published in American Banker By Alan Kline For one blackjack dealer at a Mississippi casino, responsible money management requires some clever strategy. “Janice” earns about $26,000 a year, but her income can fluctuate significantly from one month to the next. She has a checking account, but cut her debit card in half and destroyed […]

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Budget Meals: How to Cook with Less

You might be surprised to learn that the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has determined this year’s “moderate” food cost plan for a family of 4 is just a little more than $1000 per month. Their “thrifty” family plan puts that monthly expenditure at less than $650. If you’re like most of us, […]

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An Insurance Policy That Kicks In After Unemployment

Originally Published in Forbes How financially prepared would you be if you suddenly lost your job or became disabled? Chances are, not very. As a recent Federal Reserve study noted, 31% of Americans are “struggling to get by” or “just getting by.” The Fed has also found that nearly half of U.S. households would struggle to pay […]

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Infographic: Top 10 Projected Occupational Losses in Wisconsin for 2024

The number of jobs in some occupations is declining in Wisconsin, according to these Wisconsin Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections from 2014-2024. The Wisconsin occupation projections in this infographic are for the year 2024 and reflect the projected change from 2014. These projections were derived using May 2015 OES Survey, annual data 2014 QCEW and CES data, unpublished […]

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Is there insurance for that?

Originally Published in Isthmus on April 13, 2017 By Joe Tarr CUNA Mutual finds a way to insure people against job loss and more After Steve Millen began to hear rumblings last year that the company he worked for might be in trouble, he started searching online for ways to prepare for a job loss. “I’d […]

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How to Know if Layoffs are Coming: 5 Warning Signs to Look Out For

Gwen H. had enjoyed several years at a well-established nonprofit when a series of events suddenly led her to question the security of her job. “There were a lot of power leadership changes happening,” she remembers. In the first few months she watched warily from the sidelines, unsure what to make of the jockeying executives. […]

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National Financial Literacy Month: Do You Know How to Calculate Compound Interest?

Suppose you owe $1,000 on a loan and the interest rate is 20% per year compounded annually. If you didn’t pay anything off, at this interest rate, how many years would it take for the amount you owe to double?*

If you don’t know the answer to that question, you’re not alone. Nearly two-thirds of Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy test with questions about interest rates, mortgages and economic trends, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation.

How to Make a Budget with our free budgeting Excel template
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How to Make a Budget with our Free Excel Budgeting Template

Watch this video to learn how to use our free budgeting template (a beautifully designed Excel spreadsheet) to manage your bills and monthly budget. Our spreadsheet is easy to use with self-adding columns and monthly bills sorted into handy columns. Watch to learn more.

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Short-Term Disability Insurance Comparison: SafetyNet™ Vs. Aflac

Disability is a personal matter, with circumstances that are unique to each of us. Your short-term disability insurance should be, too. When comparing options for short-term disability insurance, the more you know about your own challenges and preferences, the better able you will be to choose the option that’s right for you. Both SafetyNet™ and […]

dad and baby - easiest money saving tips for parents
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Money Saving Ideas for New Parents: Seven of the Quirkiest—and Easiest—Internet Tips

If there’s one universal truth about new parents it’s that they are frazzled, sleep-deprived and riddled with other people’s advice. The internet is replete with tips for parents looking to economize on their new-baby lifestyle. But when you hardly have time to read them, you most definitely lack time to do them. Let’s face it: […]