College Savings Plans
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Paying for Your Child’s College: Get Higher Returns on Higher Education

If you have any doubts that a college degree is an investment in your child’s financial wellbeing, these statistics should put them to rest. According to CollegeBoard’s most recent study, a person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn 66% more in wages over a lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma. […]

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Six Questions to Ask When Negotiating Medical Costs

Whether you’re between jobs, experiencing other financial hardship, or just have more medical bills than your emergency fund can provide for, you should know medical providers are very likely to be able to offer you a discount or even entirely waive your costs. The fact is, according to a Kaiser / New York Times survey, […]

Man playing video games and eating pizza while unemployed
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Young, Male and Unemployed? Avoid Video Games to Get Out of Your Parents’ Basement

Plenty of studies confirm what you already know: involuntary unemployment is terribly difficult. Beyond having to skimp on luxuries, revise your budget, update your resume, and polish your job interview skills, finding yourself out of a job is likely to negatively impact your health. Still, there is at least one thing you can do that […]

Infgraphic 10 Habits to Become a Highly Successful Saver
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10 Habits to Become a Highly Successful Saver

Start creating these 10 habits to become a highly successful saver. 1. Making Savings a Priority Put aside a certain amount each month for your savings account, and make it automatic so you don’t even have to think about it. 2. Not Spending Your Raise This is one of the best opportunities to pay off […]

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SafetyNet Encourages America to Save in 2018

If you have less than $500 in your savings account, you are not alone. According to one Bankrate survey, 63% of respondents do not have $500 in savings to pay for an unexpected expense such as a sudden car repair or medical bill. While having low savings is common among Americans, you may be surprised […]

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CUNA Mutual Group Spins Off Employment Insurance Tool

Originally published in Madison Magazine on Feb. 21, 2018 By Brennan Nardi Coming of age in the mid-1990s, bouncing from minimum-wage paycheck to paycheck with zero in savings, I could barely afford car insurance. I had no business owning that zippy Honda Civic my grandfather sold me for a dollar, but I adored it. Any […]

Young man concerned about student loan debt
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Options for Paying Student Loans Between Jobs

If you make hefty student loan payments each month, you’re not alone. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers in their 20s is $351—more than $4,200 per year. That’s a lot of fancy computers, tropical vacations, and down payments sacrificed. The good news is that higher education is almost sure to boost your lifetime […]

Young couple plans trip: 6 Tips for traveling on a budget
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Traveling on a Budget: 6 Tips for Cheap Trips

If you’ve come across extra funds thanks to hard-earned savings, a tax refund, an end-of-year bonus, or a particularly generous gift, spending your money on experiences instead of objects is one of the best choices you can make—assuming, of course, you are out of debt and on schedule with your emergency savings and other financial […]

Money in a jar for health savings
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Health Savings Accounts: 7 Things to Know About HSA’s

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a means of helping Americans save for future healthcare and medical expenses. The incentive for doing so is the money you save on costs you will have to pay anyway. First created in 2003, an estimated $42.7 billion is held in over 21 million HSA accounts less than 15 years later. If […]

Life with a SafetyNet and without a SafetyNet
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Life with a SafetyNet (and without)

Check out our infographic featuring two stories of Dave, who unexpectedly got laid off from his job. As you can see, life with a SafetyNet is a lot easier. Do you have a financial safety net in place? PSIC-P1.0-B2-013018