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True Story: Starting Over

Written by Super User · 19 September 2012

 

True Story: Starting Over

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September 19, 2012
by Katie Bryan
America Saves Communications Manager

Until last summer, Michael Lindman spent money freely. “I was a union truck driver for 35 years and had a good income,” said Lindman. “I owned my own home, saved a little, and tried to live within my own budget. You always think there’s going to be that much coming in, but things can change in a split second.”

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How to Avoid Stress When You Hit Life's Potholes: Get Your Emergency Fund Revved Up

Emergency Fund Emergency Savings
Written by Super User · 18 September 2012

September 18, 2012
by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator

I'm writing this post from the local garage, where I will be spending a lot of time for the next couple of days.  It started out innocently enough -- I took my husband's car in because one of his headlights was out.  See, with his make of car (a luxury brand, albeit an 8 year old one) I know you have to basically take the front end off to get to the headlights, so it's not a do-it-yourself kind of project.  But it turns out it's not just the headlight that needs replacing, there's something wrong with the ballast.  We can't drive around without a headlight, so I've got to get it replaced.  For just under $500.  Ouch.

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3 Steps to Saving Money When You Start Your First Job

Automatic Savings Young Savers
Written by Super User · 13 September 2012

September 13, 2012
By Andia Dinesen, AFC ®
Military Saves Coordinator

My friend’s son is just starting his first “real” job.  It got me thinking; if I could go back in time what would I tell myself if I was just starting my first job?  I can tell you with certainty, I would have told myself to start saving and never stop.

This is the exact advice I gave to my friend’s son, although I am not sure he was listening.  I am not sure I could say it in a way that would actually interest him.  I am pretty sure my 17 year-old self would have thought “Really?  Are you kidding me?” Things were a little easier (and cheaper) when I was 17.  Gas was less than a $1 a gallon, no one carried cell phones, especially not smart ones, and going out to the movies cost about $8! So I really had no excuse not to save money.  However, I am positive that I thought I couldn’t.  My mom did a great job beginning my savings habits at a young age, prior to the “real” job.  Remember the blog from a few months ago, Positive Peer Pressure and the Envelopes in the Cupboard?  Sadly, when I graduated from high school, moved out of the house, and went to college, the envelopes became a thing of the past.  Saving a portion of my paycheck in the savings envelope or savings account did not remain a priority.

So how do you make saving money a priority for a 17 year-old?

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5 Money Saving Tips for a Rainy Day

Emergency Savings Savings Tips
Written by Super User · 12 September 2012

The following post comes from the America Saves Blog. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

By Kristina Wedseltoft
America Saves Intern

It’s a rainy day here at America Saves and I’m sure everyone has heard the expression “Save it for a rainy day”. Well have you been saving for a rainy day?

Not many people put saving as a priority, but saving and contributing to an emergency fund are very important. To help you kick start your

savings here are 5 money saving tips that can help you save for the next rainy day.

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How to Teach Your Teen Money Skills Before it Matters

Young Savers
Written by Super User · 11 September 2012

Nicole Field
AFC® Candidate, FINRA Military Spouse Fellow

The best thing I ever did for myself when my daughter was four was give her an allowance.  She was at the age when she wanted everything in the store. “Mommy, can I have this? Mommy, will you buy me that?” Shopping with her was one of my least favorite activities.  But when she had an allowance, substantial enough that she could realistically save up for the toys she wanted but not so much that she could have whatever caught her eye at any given moment, shopping became a different experience.  The questions changed from “will you buy me this” to “how many weeks will I have to save up for this?” We talked about the value of money and even at that young age I

could see her weighing her options; which toy would she rather have? Was it worth six weeks of allowance or would she tire of it in less time than it took her to save for it?

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    33% of Americans spend more than they earn. The first step to eliminating #debt is to stop borrowing & make a budget.

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Involving Kids in Family Finances

Written by | April 19, 2019

 

One of the best lessons we can share with our kids is about money. By middle school, kids should have a good understanding of how money works as well as the importance of saving.

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When You Start Small, Saving is Easy

Written by Lila Quintiliani | August 12, 2019

When Attiyya first got married, she and her Marine husband had just graduated from college and were focused on paying off student loan debt. They had both attended private schools and had sizeable loans. Then three months after the wedding, the couple found out they were pregnant with their first child.

The first year of their marriage, says Attiyya, was a balancing act between paying down debt and saving for the future.

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Setting a Goal Leads to Success

Written by Super User | May 24, 2019

Growing up, Marisa’s dad had always talked about saving first, but she said she didn’t really internalize it until much later. “I was drifting along with no plan, carrying a little bit of revolving debt, saving some money here and there, but without a real plan for it.”

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