Private Sector Must Fill in Cracks of Uneven Economic Recovery

BY MARK GREENE, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR Originally Published on The Hill  on 10/01/17 10:20 AM EDT For years now, Americans have been getting mixed messages about the state of the economy: Unemployment is down, but job insecurity is rising. Inflation is low, but so is wage growth. Yet, while the economy has been expanding for nearly 100 […]

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Easy Pea-sy Tips for Freezing Fresh (and Cheap) Summer Produce

If you’ve tasted ratatouille that was cooked and frozen during the harvest months, you know the surprise of those first delicious bites. There is nothing like the taste of freshly picked summer squash, zucchinis, tomatoes and herbs when there is snow on the ground. It’s like a warm bowl of summer in winter. How to […]

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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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Sell Your Stuff Online: Tips and Tools to Turn Your Cast-Offs into Cool Cash

It wasn’t too long ago that consignment shops and garage sales were the only options for turning your like-new and gently-used possessions into profits. These days online selling platforms like Craigslist, eBay and even Amazon mean you’re no longer limited to the locals who pass your sidewalk or storefront. But that doesn’t mean your success […]

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New Survey Finds 42% of Wisconsinites Have Just $1,000 or Less in Savings

Originally Published in Business Wire on Sept. 20, 2017 SafetyNet survey uncovers significant gaps in Wisconsin worker’s financial preparedness MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As Americans struggle to keep up with rising expenses, such as rent, healthcare and monthly costs of living, putting money into a savings account often times falls to the wayside. That is especially true […]

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Recent SafetyNet Survey: Wisconsin’s Workforce Lives on Financially Shaky Ground

42% of Those Surveyed Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings First the good news: Unemployment in Wisconsin is at a remarkable low. Across the state the number of applications for unemployment benefits has fallen, and last spring the size of Wisconsin’s labor force hit an all-time high. What’s more, national employment trends continue to indicate […]

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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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Make Money Between Jobs: The Gig Economy Could Save Your Bacon

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly 25% of Americans now earn at least some money through the “gig economy”—also known as freelance, contract or on-demand work. Others put that number even higher. Made up of independent contractors, online sellers, freelancers, artists and more, one thing is for sure: the number of […]

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Mark Greene: Despite low unemployment, Wisconsin workers on a precipice

Originally Published in The Cap Times on Sep. 1, 2017 By Mark Greene | SafetyNet director of innovation and product development Recent talk of Wisconsin’s economic landscape tends to focus on our ability to attract business, the wisdom of incentives and associated implications on taxpayers or the number of jobs created. To be sure, finding […]

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The Benefits to Being Behind the Trends: Follow the Rhythm of Retail to Save Big Bucks

You may have already noticed that certain items see a price slash around the same time each year: Labor Day mattress sales, furniture “blow outs,” a proliferation of car ads or computer deals. Sometimes the reason is obvious. Fall’s new school year or major holidays mean that consumer interests dictate some sale trends. However, other […]