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

Financial First Aid Kit: Florida Hurricane flooded streets
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Emergency Funds for Natural Disasters: What’s in your Financial First Aid Kit?

You’ve likely read recent headlines estimating that Hurricane Harvey will turn out to be the costliest disaster in U.S. history to date. In fact, it seems every week we are reading new headlines about the devastating costs due to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and more. And if history is any indication, they will keep coming—after all, […]

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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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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 […]

Woman getting financial coaching
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Financial Coach Peggy Olive Helps Clients with Their Dreams, Goals and Challenges

Financial Capability Specialist Peggy Olive has talked with thousands of people about their money. Whether coaching, counseling or training others to be financial coaches, Olive is driven by the same purpose: to help people align their money with their values. Financial coaches are a relatively new option for people looking to gain a better handle […]

Piggy bank - How to keep your emergency fund
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Managed to Amass an Emergency Expense Fund? Congratulations! Here’s How to Keep It

If you’ve succeeded in setting aside a chunk of change to cover those inevitable-yet-unexpected “expense shocks,” congratulations! You’re doing better than most. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making (SHED), barely half of Americans have an extra $400 at their disposal the event of, say, a car repair or […]

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.

Woman paying bills - April financial literacy month
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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.

America Saves Week 2017
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5 Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2017

By Tammy G. Bruzon, America Saves America Saves Week is coming up on Feb. 27 – March 4, 2017. This is an annual opportunity for people to assess their savings and take action to improve their financial health. We encourage savers to save even more to reach their goals faster. For people who are living paycheck […]