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

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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 […]

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Applying for Unemployment Insurance in Wisconsin? 6 Tips to Get You Started

Apply for unemployment in Wisconsin tips: Job search

Well, no one said it would be easy. Losing your job, that is. Turns out applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) is no walk in the park either. In order to ensure that the right people receive the right support, the U.S. Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program, financed through federal and state payroll taxes, is less like […]

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Financial Coach Peggy Olive Helps Clients with Their Dreams, Goals and Challenges

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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 […]

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Managed to Amass an Emergency Expense Fund? Congratulations! Here’s How to Keep It

Piggy bank - How to keep your emergency fund

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 […]

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Turning Layoffs into Opportunities: Tips to Take You from Surviving to Thriving

Woman using layoff as opportunity

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 […]