Category Archives: Savings


Take advantage of $5K tax deduction

If you’re looking for a way to reduce your taxable income for your 2014 taxes, consider the advantages of an IRA—you have about a week to make contributions to an IRA for last year. Contributions to IRAs can be made … Continue reading

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Make Your Tax Refund Work for You!

Have you done your taxes? The article below can help you get started and is encouraging if you’re considering paying down debt and saving your refund this year. This year, I decided to save my entire refund as a nice … Continue reading

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Looking for a secure place to invest money for yourself or your employees?

Whether you’re thinking of yourself or investing for employees, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged when you start thinking about or reading about retirement savings. Even if you’re thinking this topic is a little heavy for what you want … Continue reading

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Saving for College: Ways to Minimize the Sticker Shock

Courtesy of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation There’s no doubt that a college education can be costly, but according to U.S. Census Bureau data, someone with a college degree can earn, on average, 60 percent more than a person with … Continue reading

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Increase your IRA contributions for a tax advantage

If you’re looking for a way to reduce your taxable income for your 2014 taxes, consider the advantages of increasing your contributions to your IRA. An IRA provides great tax advantages for long-term retirement savings (if you don’t have an … Continue reading

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Opening an IRA may be easier than you think

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed or discouraged when you start thinking about or reading about retirement savings. Even if you’re thinking this topic is a little heavy for what you want to focus on today, give it a chance. Opening … Continue reading

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How to Build a $1,000 Emergency Fund in 10 Months

Guest post by Katie Bryan, America Saves Do you have $1,000 set aside for emergencies? If you already do, you could probably use another $1,000 in that account. Experts recommend keeping at least three months expenses in a reliable, liquid … Continue reading

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Stay fiscally fit: Set up safe, automatic bill payments

If you made a goal to be fiscally fit this year, we have some resources to help keep you on track or help you get on track. Now that we’re halfway into the year, it’s a good time to evaluate … Continue reading

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Rehabilitation loans

When a customer came to Becky Ivins and Layne Cardon interested in buying a home that needed a lot of fixing up, they did what they usually do: look for a custom-fit solution that would work for the customer and … Continue reading

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Saving For College: Graduating With the Least Amount of Debt

Guest post by Katie Bryan, America Saves As college students are beginning to see what costs really add up to and high school seniors start applying for their top universities, many are beginning to think about how to pay for … Continue reading

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