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The Most Under-Utilized Tool for Gaining Control of your Finances

Working part time as a PFC, I help military families regain control of their finances.  Some come to see me as an order from their commander while others come voluntarily, looking to regain control of their finances.  Whether it is a young single airman or a more seasoned couple, the...

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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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Two Organizations Shaping the Landscape of Financial Literacy

A primary focus of America Saves week is for organizations to promote good savings behavior among individuals nationwide, and a large aspect of this promotion is building awareness and providing education. In order for individuals to increase savings and begin to build a strong financial foundation we must first provide...

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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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Don’t be a Victim: 4 Simple Steps to Protecting Sensitive Financial Data

Let’s face it—our personal information is everywhere and criminals are eager to get a hold of it and use it for personal gain. In recent years we can’t escape the endless stream of news reports on data theft from major corporations and retailers. The technology and protocol used to protect...

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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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To Know Who You Are

To know who you are, both personally and professionally is an amazing feeling. To have the confidence in knowing that conquering the world…or at least your little piece of it…is just around the corner is a heady feeling. To truly comprehend and be thankful for the fact that you can’t...

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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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Annuities: Complex, perplexing. Worth it? Maybe, maybe not.

As a mix of part-time financial counselor and part-time retiree - and certainly more retiree than counselor - I’ve had to go through all the necessary steps to ensure my spouse and I have the funds needed to retire comfortably. I found this to be no easy task and if...

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