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Be Resourceful with Your Money

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Specialist Have you been looking for websites or apps to help you reach your money goals? The following websites are dedicated to doing just that! In this article, you will find trustworthy and free online tools that can help you set and reach savings goals.   Money Website for Everyone America Saves Set a savings goal and get tips to help you reach …

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Make Your Tax Refund Work for You!

You work hard for your money and you deserve to enjoy a healthy financial lifestyle. The following article explores how to use your refund this year to make things a little easier for you in the future and to benefit you and your family over the long term. Written by, Justin Chu, a Program Associate for the Taxpayer Opportunity Network a program of Prosperity Now, formerly CFED. “At Prosperity Now, we believe …

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The Simplest Budget of All

Written by Melinda Wildes, Workforce Specialist in NVME’s Midcoast Region, with Tina Ellis, New Ventures Maine graduate and recipient of the Gilda E. Nardone Scholarship    Have you promised yourself that this is the year you will finally start off with a budget?   Do you spend money and not remember where it went? Do you worry that you won’t be able to pay all your rent or mortgage on …

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New Goals for the New Year

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist     Goal-setting is key to building confidence and success. It is important to keep our goals realistic, even as we stretch and grow. How do we set goals we can meet in 2018?   There are several tools that can help: Write it down. Writing a clear goal with a specific deadline keeps you accountable.   Break it up. Dividing …

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Money Management for the Holidays

Written by Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau, Northern Region Workforce Specialist and Regional Manager   Spending over the holiday season can be stressful and leave you feeling like the New Year is not so happy! Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you prepare for this holiday season:   Make a Budget and Stick to it Make a list of what you and whom you need to buy for and …

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Celebrate Stress-Free this Holiday Season

Written by Sherrie Brann, Central Region Workforce Development Specialist  Most of us enjoy celebrating with our friends and families during this time. Many of us also find ourselves stressed about the added costs of the holiday season. Let’s make a plan to get more enjoyment out of our celebrations this year!   Take Inventory Make a list of holiday items you already have on hand. When you realize you already …

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Why we Can’t Afford NOT to Invest

Written by Chris Davis, Western Region Workforce Specialist  Many people have money sitting in their savings account or stashed in their freezer. This can be a good thing until you compare it to how much you would earn by investing a part of it each month. If fear or a lack of know-how keeps you from making the step towards investing, here is some info to help you move forward. …

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Money Savings Vessels Make Dreams Come True

Written by Gigi Guyton, Southern Region Regional Manager & Microenterprise Specialist   When I moved into my new home, I was struck by this large jar that was left behind by the previous owners. They had fake flowers stuck in it, but I had another idea in mind: What if I make this my newest savings vessel? In my former house, I kept an interesting tin box by the washer …

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5 Saving Strategies

Written by Erica Quin-Easter, Midcoast Regional Manager and Workforce Specialist   We all have financial goals and dreams. Sometimes, we struggle to put our goals into action while living paycheck to paycheck. Regardless of our income levels, our spending tends to rise and fall in proportion to the money we have available.   It can be frustrating to feel like you’re stuck with no savings even when your financial situation …

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Finances Through the Ages

We asked two financial education graduates to share their thoughts after completing their class. Lea & Joan have 88 years of experience together and 5 decades of difference between their ages. Let’s hear what they had to share after participating in the class!   Lea Machnitzky, age 19: I learned about the class when I picked up an Adult Education catalog. I saw this great free opportunity to learn more …

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