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A (Simple) Solution to the Widening Wealth Gap

Drum Roll…. The rich are getting richer. We know, next subject please. We can whittle away a lifetime wishing our grass was as green as that next door--too many of us do. Instead, I think I know what the next subject should be, and it’s NOT being taught or talked...

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15 Easy Frugal Living Tips that Lead to Savings

Sometimes the easiest ways to save money fall close to home. For so many, just the thought of changing a spending habit in order to save more money causes a cold sweat and heart palpitations. But if you get creative, saving money can be easier than you think. Below a...

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Broaden Your Strategies for Saving

Rational explanations for not saving typically follow expressions like: “I’d like to save, but…”, or “I think saving is important, but…” Intuitively, we know we should save. The importance of saving is often passed down through scripture, or through fables, and learned at an early age. Yet saving largely remains...

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AFCPE Membership Spotlight: Rita Green

AFCPE Membership Spotlight: Rita GreenDr. Rita Green understands the importance of savings and the positive impact it has on families. “Saving money is an important element in the financial security of families,” Rita notes. “Savings provides a firm foundation that can help families weather the financial storms that occur due...

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Set A Goal, Make A Plan: America Saves Week 2015

As financial counselors and educators, we are well-versed in the value of savings and we share that information in a variety of ways to our clients and students. A Financial Educator may offer advice through a community course on budgeting. Financial Counselors work with clients to develop a tailored savings...

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AFCPE Membership Spotlight: Alena Johnson

2014 Recipient of the AFCPE® Mary Ellen Edmondson Educator of the Year Award “My goal in teaching is to teach complex financial issues in a manner so that students can apply those concepts in their own lives.” Teacher, mentor, speaker, inspirer – there are many words to describe Alena Johnson and...

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3 Steps to Finding Funds You Already Have

There’s no way around it - financial struggles are can be both difficult and overwhelming. However, if you take some time to visualize where and how your money is being spent, you may find that you actually have more money than you thought.  “How,” you ask? Here are three simple...

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Credit Building: A Powerful Strategy for Financial Practitioners

A good credit history is crucial in today’s economy. Far more than just a number, a good credit score can make the difference in being able to access the affordable lending products necessary to go to college, buy a home, or start and grow a small business. Renting an apartment,...

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Are You Prepared to Address the Unique Financial Needs of People with Disabilities?

As the nation’s first nonprofit exclusively dedicated to improving the financial health and future for people with disabilities, National Disability Institute (NDI) has been the leader working at the intersection of the disability and asset development communities. What once started in the basement of a local D.C. bank has now...

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Serving Those Who Served

“Every day, our military families at home and abroad inspire us and remind us of our obligation to take care of those who do so much for our country.  As a grateful Nation, we pay tribute to the women and men who have made our military the finest fighting force...

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The Role of Smart Phones in Financial Education

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” In other words, we learn the most by doing. Up until now, most financial education has attempted to "tell" or "teach".  Even in today's digital world, financial literacy has mostly consisted of transposing to computer screens...

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