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Roadmap to Saving and Investing

Roadmap to Saving and Investing

Navigate your way through the Roadmap to Saving and Investing with this interactive map from Investor.gov

The 1st Step - Define Your Goals

Knowing how to secure your financial well-being is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You don’t have to be a genius to do it. You just just need to know a few basics, form a plan, and be ready to stick to it. Read more about Roadmap to Saving and Investing

Order a FREE Financial Foundations Toolkit from USA.gov

Remember when you made that promise to yourself to get a better handle on your finances this year?  Well April is the perfect time to reassess your progress on your money goals as part of Financial Literacy Month.

Order our FREE Financial Foundations Toolkit to from USA.gov (http://promotions.usa.gov/financial-literacy.html) get the advice and confidence you need to make sound money decisions. This toolkit will teach you:

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Report: Nearly 63 percent of Alabama households have almost no emergency savings (poll)

A recent report by the nonprofit Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C. says 62.7 percent of Alabama households are financially insecure. Read more about Report: Nearly 63 percent of Alabama households have almost no emergency savings (poll)

Morningstar Announced 2013 U.S. Fund Manager of the Year Awards

Morningstar announced the nominees for its 2013 U.S. Fund Manager of the Year awards. The
awards acknowledge managers who not only delivered impressive performance in 2013,
but who have also delivered excellent long-term risk-adjusted returns, and have been
good stewards of fund shareholders' capital. To recognize outstanding fund managers
each year, Morningstar selects leaders in five strategies: domestic stock,
international stock, fixed income, alternatives, and allocation.

For the winners and related article to go: Read more about Morningstar Announced 2013 U.S. Fund Manager of the Year Awards

My Money Five

MyMoney.gov  is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. The website has several special features including My Money FiveMy Money Five discusses making the most of your money by starting with five building blocks for managing and growing your money. Read more about My Money Five

MyMoney.gov

MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from more than 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.  One featured article titled My Money Five is summarized below.

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Public Library Association Financial Literacy Resources

The Public Library Association website has a Professional Tools feature which includes various links to resources for librarians and patrons including a financial literacy section.  The link is below.

http://www.ala.org/pla/tools/financiallit

 

 

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Stretch Your Travel Dollar

Got a yen to hit the road this summer? Bargain-basement deals are hard to find at the height of the season, but there are ways to stretch your travel dollar.  Here's the rub: Saving money on summer travel means a lot of homework. Plus, if you're locked into specific travel dates it will limit your ability to slash costs. 

Read more about how to save on travel in The Tricks to Traveling Cheaply article from the Wall Street Journal. Read more about Stretch Your Travel Dollar

10 Money Saving Grocery Tips

Here are 10 money saving tips to try out while you go grocery shopping:

1. Don't center every meal around meat

2. Use coupons

3. Make a list-- and stick to it

4. Don't be afraid to buy store brand

5. Buy in bulk

6. Compare unit price

7. Watch register for incorrect prices

8. Shop seasonal

9. Plan menus

10. Don't shop when you are hungry

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$ave $teve

$ave $teve is an innovative, fun way for gamers of all ages to increase their financial literacy. With the help of the Krackle Botz, benevolent robots from another dimension, $teve gains financial knowledge, fiscal responsibility and investment insights on his adventure through secret laboratories and parallel universes. Read more about $ave $teve

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