Teach Children to Save Day Tips

Today, April 24, is Teach Children to Save Day, a component of the national Teach Children to Save campaign that aims to raise awareness about the important roles that banks and bankers play in helping young people develop lifelong savings habits. So far, it’s reached more than 5 million young people with the help of more . . . → Read More: Teach Children to Save Day Tips

Teach Children of All Ages to Save

Teach Kids to Save this Spring

Give your kids a colorful future. Teach them about the power of saving money.

On March 28, Gov. Branstad signed a proclamation declaring April 2012 Financial Literacy Awareness Month. Additionally, April 24 is . . . → Read More: Teach Children of All Ages to Save

Spring Clean Your Finances

It’s official. Spring has arrived. During your annual spring cleaning crusade, it’s more than just your closets and windows that need attention. Spring is also the perfect time to clean and organize your finances. Here are some ways to get started:

Clear the clutter. Consider investing in a financial organization system, such as alphabetized file folders. Also . . . → Read More: Spring Clean Your Finances

Put Your Tax Return to Work for You

According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, this year more Americans plan to save — not spend — their tax refunds than any year in the survey’s nine-year history. The survey found 43.8 percent of those expecting refunds will stash some of their cash in savings, up from 42.1 percent last year. If you’re fortunate . . . → Read More: Put Your Tax Return to Work for You

America Saves Week: 10 Tips to Save Money When Budgets are Tight

This week is America Saves Week, an annual event sponsored by the Consumer Federation of America to encourage saving, debt reduction and wealth building. Use the following tips inspired by the America Saves Week website to save money when budgets are tight.

To find small savings that add up to big savings over time, keep a careful . . . → Read More: America Saves Week: 10 Tips to Save Money When Budgets are Tight

Fast Financial Fixes

The age-old adage is as true today as ever: Too much to do with too little time. Unfortunately, our finances can easily fall victim to our busy lives, and we may be wasting time and money every month that could easily be avoided. Follow these five tips, and you may be surprised by how much you . . . → Read More: Fast Financial Fixes

Make a New Year’s Resolution for Your Finances

As you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions for 2012, don’t forget to think about your money. The New Year is a great time to assess your finances, gain control and stick to a new budget or saving plan. Taking control of your personal finances will allow you to save and prepare for unexpected expenses. Here are . . . → Read More: Make a New Year’s Resolution for Your Finances

Give the Gift of Future Financial Success

Give the gift of financial success!

Help kids of all ages be financially successful. Start with the piggy bank and grow…

It’s easy to get focused on spending rather than saving and investing during the holiday season. However, some of the best gifts you can give children and young . . . → Read More: Give the Gift of Future Financial Success

The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will end over-the-counter sales of paper savings bonds on December 31, 2011, including sales through financial institutions and applications mailed directly to the Federal Reserve Bank by customers. This move is expected to save taxpayers an estimated $70 million over the next five years.

Although paper bonds are being discontinued, electronic Series . . . → Read More: The Paper Trail Ends: Over the Counter Sales of Savings Bonds Ends in 2011

Tips for Buying, Giving & Using Gift Cards

Gift cards are a great solution for those people on your holiday list for whom you don’t know what to buy. With gift cards, on size fits all, and the recipients can get exactly what they want. But before you buy a stack of gift cards, consider these tips from the Federal Trade Commission to make . . . → Read More: Tips for Buying, Giving & Using Gift Cards