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Could Your Student Loans Be the Key to Building Your Emergency Savings?

Student looking at computer at student loan debt

It’s not hard to believe that people who have managed to set aside money in case of emergencies enjoy a greater sense of “financial wellbeing.”  Freedom from worrying about the “what ifs” and a sense of pride in achieving a monetary goal would make anyone feel good. In reality, however, barely half of Americans have […]

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16 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

16 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

1. Job Loss Whether you are unexpectedly laid off or fired, or you have to leave a job for personal reasons, living without a paycheck is extremely stressful. You need a stash of cash to make ends meet between jobs. 2. Hours or Salary Cut Maybe you still have a job, but your salary or […]

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5 Troubling Financial Statistics

5 troubling financial statistics infographic

Overall, the economy in the U.S. has been slowly recovering from the recent recession, but many Americans are still struggling financially. Of course, these 5 troubling financial statistics from different surveys tell only part of the story, but they are concerning nonetheless. 32% of people surveyed said they pay only the minimum amount due each […]

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

UW Professor 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.

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5 Steps to Save Successfully During America Saves Week 2017

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 […]

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Wondering What to Do with That Tax Refund? Ask Yourself: “What Keeps Me Up at 3am?”

1040 Tax Return: What to do with your tax refund

Seeing that last year’s average tax refund hovered above $2500  (though in Wisconsin it’s a little less), you may well be expecting a hefty check in the next few months. But before you start Googling “Vacations in Veracruz,” consider finding some better ways to spend your tax return. Especially if you’re among the 63% of […]

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5 Tips to Save $5 This Month

Money Saving Tips: Save $5 this month

Think saving $5 a month isn’t worth the effort? Actually, an extra $60 per year can provide you with some pretty big returns: A $60 donation to local gardens, parks, and museums can often provide your family with a membership and free admission for the year. And $60 toward your savings goal is worth more […]

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How Much Emergency Savings Do You Need? Quick: Name Your Top 5 Monthly Expenses

Emergency funds piggy bank

Think of the last time you got that unexpected bill: the $500 car repair, a heart-skipping co-pay, a downed tree from a storm. How did you manage? If you’re like 63% of Americans, you didn’t have the money in savings for this unexpected expense. It’s likely your credit card took (and might still be taking) […]