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AFCPE Symposium: Regional Breakout Feedback Series 2

We have compiled your feedback during this year’s regional breakout sessions and will be sharing some of the results each week.  Please take some time to provide additional feedback so that we can continue to work together towards a fantastic future of growth and opportunity! SETTING THE STANDARD, Rebecca Wiggins, Executive...

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AFCPE Symposium: Regional Breakout Feedback Series

THANK YOU for attending the AFCPE Annual Research and Training Symposium as we celebrated our 30th Anniversary!  Your presence and participation helped make it a truly fantastic event! Our organization, rooted in rich history and built upon decades of research, is in a unique position to continue on as an...

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The Path to Financial Security

The need for personal security seems to be hard-wired into humans, reinforced by eons of experience since early man first ventured from the trees to seek an existence in a hostile world. Modern man no longer worries about saber-toothed tigers or the availability of sufficient prey; the object of today's...

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Guide to Holiday Gift Giving for (Broke) College Students

The holiday season can be a challenging and intimidating time of the year for cash-strapped college students. In the season of giving, college students are balancing holiday expenses with the usual. Tuition. Study materials. Food. Textbooks. Fortunately for college students, the Internet is literally an endless source of creativity when...

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Spend Less and Save More this Holiday Season

Last year, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) foundthat 12 percent of people said they were planning to spend more during the holidays than in the previous year. That number was up from 2011 where only 8 percent planned on spending more than in the previous...

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Saving for Retirement at Each Stage of Life

No matter how old you are, saving for retirement should be a top priority. While knowing how much you will need to live a comfortable retirement and saving to reach that goal is the key, here are some quick tips for saving for retirement during each stage of life.If You...

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Credit Mistakes Won’t Haunt You For Life

We all make financial mistakes at some point in our lives. Maybe you forget to pay a bill due to some stressful life circumstances, or maybe you have to let a credit card payment slide because you simply don’t have the money to pay it. Of course, many of us...

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VA Home Loan Program Training

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs – St. Paul Regional Loan Center recently partnered with the AFCPE to provide training on the VA home loan program.  The four session webinar series was a great success!  The sessions provided information on the entire VA home loan process including benefits of the program,...

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5 Saving for College Basics

It’s no secret that today’s college graduates are drowning in student debt. And even though the government recently voted to keep student loan interest rates relatively low, there’s no guarantee that they’ll stay low in the future. With graduates (and many who went to school without ever getting a degree)...

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How Much is Credit Card Debt Costing You?

Credit card debt – it’s something that hangs over many Americans. According to the Federal Reserve, in April 2013 the average credit card debt equaled $3,364 per U.S. adult. This assumes that EVERY adult has a credit card and that those cards carry debt. But not all adults own a credit...

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Practical Steps for Coping with and Getting Out of Debt

At some point, you’ll realize that the debt you’re carrying has gotten way out of hand. You may have a bit of a panic attack when that moment comes. You may feel a bit trapped.Take a breath. You can get through this. It’s going to take some time and a bit...

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Should You Pay to Monitor Your Credit Score?

Back in 2006, The New York Times reported that the credit monitoring business was making nearly a billion dollars a year selling their services to individuals. These services purport to notify you of fraud, and usually allow you to keep close tabs on your actual credit score. But are they really worth your...

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