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

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Safety Net or Crystal Ball? Predict your Future with a Financial Statement

Personal Financial Statement

So many big life changes depend upon our finances. Deciding when it’s the best time to, say, switch careers or start a new business, take off and travel the world or even retire would be so much simpler if we could see the financial implications of our decisions. While big changes almost always feel risky—that’s […]

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Tips for Unemployed Dads: How to Lessen the Impact on Your Children

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Research reveals some interesting facts about how the children of involuntarily unemployed fathers fare differently than those of involuntarily unemployed mothers. Using data from the 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation, researchers at the University of Chicago’s Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, found that the children of unemployed fathers faced a higher […]

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The Frugal Closet Challenge: Could You Refrain from Buying Yourself One Piece of Clothing for an Entire Year?

Roshni Chowdry and daughter: Frugal Shopping Challenge

SafetyNet™ Head of Customer Experience Roshni Chowdhry admits to her own materialistic tendencies. Specifically, she says, she is well-acquainted with the short-term thrill of the impulse buy, especially when it comes to clothing. But that was several years and three separate no-shopping challenges ago. Having twice refrained from buying herself any new clothing for an […]

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Help, I’ve Been Laid Off! What to Do Right Now if You’ve Just Lost Your Job

Cool it. Take a breath. Count to 10. Don’t storm out. You’re going to need to think and act—fast—about some important things including health insurance, unemployment benefits, severance pay and references. If you can, take a brisk walk or do jumping jacks in the bathroom. Call a friend. Sit at your desk and massage these […]

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

Financial First Aid Kit: Florida Hurricane flooded streets

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

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

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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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11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

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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

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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

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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 […]