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  • 4 Things to Do with Your Tax Return

    Posted on February 01, 2019 by Jake Ward
    Last year, more than 70% of Americans got a refund on their federal income taxes. Are you one of the many who’s expecting a tax refund this year? There are a lot of smart choices that you can make with your refund. Let’s go over a few:
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  • 5 Tips to Help you Budget for a Wedding

    Posted on January 15, 2019 by Jake Ward
    If you’re reading this, it’s either because you’re getting married, or a loved one is and you’re helping to pay for the wedding. Either way, congratulations! There are few life events happier than a wedding. At some point, though, you may find that the stress of wedding expenses clouds some of the joyousness of the occasion. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are a few tips to help you manage that wedding budget and reduce your stress level.
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  • Small Savings Goals can Yield Big Dividends: Learning to Save

    Posted on January 02, 2019 by Jake Ward
    Experts will tell you that you should have 3-6 months of living expenses saved up in case of an emergency. That’s great advice and definitely something to aspire to. But for many people, that goal is just too far-reaching, and can be so overwhelming that they’re discouraged from saving at all. If that’s you, then we encourage you to start with a smaller savings goal. For example, did you know that the typical loan from a payday lender is $300-$400? But if you have to borrow from a payday lender, the fees you pay to borrow the money can equal an annual percentage rate of 300-400%. That can be extremely difficult to overcome, especially for people living paycheck to paycheck. So if you are currently one of approximately 25% of Americans with little to no savings, now is a great time to change that! We encourage you to set a savings goal, even a small one that will keep you away from payday lenders. Once you develop a habit of savings, it will get much easier. Trust me.
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  • Emergency Funds...

    Posted on December 07, 2015 by Claire Chouinard
    Who needs an emergency fund? Chances are you will never have to use it, right? And the money could get put to better use, right? Wrong!
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  • Welcome to the Real World

    Posted on October 16, 2015 by Cleo Haynes
    Hello! My name is Claire Chouinard and I am the newest voice for the Get it Together – Real World Dollars and Sense blog.
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  • The Real World: Dollars and Sense - Credit

    Posted on April 09, 2015 by Maddi Carr
    Credit can be a blessing or a curse. The good news is, it’s up to you to choose between the two. Your credit score is, or will be, key to your financial life.
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  • The Real World: Dollars and Sense - College is Expensive

    Posted on March 03, 2015 by Maddi Carr
    College. Is. Expensive. Whether you’re preparing to enter the college years or you’re already there, the high price of higher education is going to hit you at some point.
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  • The Real World: Dollars and Sense - Becoming Financially Responsible

    Posted on February 02, 2015 by Maddi Carr
    An essential of becoming an adult is becoming financially responsible—two words that send shivers down the spines of young adults everywhere. Maddi Carr is here to help.
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