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Apples to Apples: SafetyNet™ Compares 4 Top Grocery Chain Prices

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]

Woman using layoff as opportunity
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Turning Layoffs into Opportunities: Tips to Take You from Surviving to Thriving

If you are someone who embraces change and new challenges—even when unexpected —finding yourself out of a job may bring you more inspiration than paralysis. After all, what feels like crisis in the moment merely looks like another life change once you do (and you will!) land your next job. For others, however, maintaining good mental […]

Cheap summer fun ideas with the Beckers
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Parent-Centered Ideas for Cheap Summer Fun

When Jessica Becker set out to publish reviews of her city’s playgrounds she wasn’t primarily motivated by the fact it was an inexpensive activity. In fact, she says, it was inspired by a city planning meeting more than anything. “The playground near our house was having new equipment put in,” she says. “We received a […]

Dog in car on country road .Can you afford a pet?
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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, […]

UW Professor J. Michael Collins
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Emergency Savings and Financial Well-Being: Q&A with Financial Expert J. Michael Collins

Emergency savings give people peace of mind—or what we like to call “financial well-being,” which is really defined as being subjectively OK with where you are. A big component of that is not worrying about stuff, being resilient to extra expenses, feeling in control. If you don’t feel like you can set [financial] goals and reach them, it makes you feel less financially well. That has negative side effects for people’s physical and mental health.

Cheap Fruits and Veggies Infographic
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Infographic: 10 Cheap Fruits and Veggies Under 30 Cents per Portion

Everyone thinks it costs a lot more to eat healthy, but this infographic shows 10 cheap fruits and veggies that are under 30 center per portion, including broccoli, carrots, oranges and plums. Replace your afternoon bag of chips with something from this list, and you’ll save money and get a little nutrition while you’re at it. To […]

Adjusting to a new boss or manager
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Adjusting to a New Boss: Tips from a Pro on Weathering Leadership Transitions

“There is always some disruption to the flow of things when a new leader takes over,” says Karen Konrath, executive coach and owner of Transitions Coaching, who spent more than 20 years leading human resource teams in a range of industries. And why wouldn’t there be? “It’s natural that team members view the arrival of […]

Pre-Layoff Checklist: WHAT TO DO BEFORE BEING LAID OFF
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The Pre-Layoff Checklist: What to Do Before Being Laid Off

Sure, there are times your departure from a job comes as a complete surprise. More likely, though, you’ve begun to observe subtle and not-so-subtle signs of an impeding layoff. If you’re pretty sure your Friday meeting with HR is about to send you into a tailspin, now is the time to go through our 10 […]

Man in wheelchair researching Social Security disability
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How Does Social Security Disability Insurance Work?

It’s not something most of us think about on a daily basis, but injury and illness prevent millions of Americans from earning an income each year. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) a little more than 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement. While Social Security benefits […]

Join Us for a Money Smart Week Tweet Chat!

Join us on Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 2pm Central Time for an hour-long Tweet Chat in recognition of Financial Literacy Month and Money Smart Week. Join us online and participate in our Tweet Chat and get a FREE eco-friendly grocery bag*! Question 1: What kind of financial literacy education did you receive from your family or school? Question 2: […]