Events and Activities during America Saves Week, February 24th – March 1st

Events and Activities during America Saves Week, February 24th – March 1st

Organizations across the nation are providing fun ways for individuals to save as part of America Saves Week, . America Saves Tweet Chats and Google Hangouts Experian #CreditChat Date: 2/26/14 Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific Hosted by: @Experian with special guest @AmericaSaves Link to Announcement Post on Experian Wise Bread #WBChat: How to Develop Savings Habits Date: 2/27/14 Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Pacific Hosted by: @WiseBread and @AmericaSaves Prize: $100 Link to Announcement Post on Wise Bread. eXtension #eXASchat Date: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, and 2/24 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST Hosted by: @moneytalk1 with special guest @AmericaSaves Free Webinars Brought to you by Florida Saves: February 24 (12:30pm – 1:30pm EST) – How to Save $500 – Quick, easy steps! February 26 (12:30pm – 1:30pm EST) – Women & Money: Unique Issues March 18 (12:30pm – 1:30pm EST) – Money Saving Vacation Tips April 1 (12:30pm – 1:30pm EST) – Don’t be “April-Fooled” – Smart Shopping Tips, Tricks, & Gimmicks Other Activities 2014 America Saves Challenge As part of America Saves Week (February 24-March 1, 2014), a time set aside annually to promote good savings behavior, the Cooperative Extension system is launching an online “2014 America Saves Challenge.” This free five-week program, open to anyone who enrolls online, will be held from Sunday, February 23, through Saturday, March 29, 2014. Prizes will be awarded for participants who report the highest point totals at the end of each week and at the end of the challenge. To participate in the America Saves Challenge, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ Challenge Web site at http://rutgers.ancc.net/. Set up a user name and password...

The “Best-Cast Strategist

Are you close to retirement? Or does retirement seem so far away, you can’t even envision it? Whatever your time frame, you probably do want to retire some day. A 2011 study from the Metlife Mature Market Institute contains a lot of interesting information about how retirees and pre-retirees create a financially successful retirement. We always hear about the challenges of achieving a secure retirement, but this survey asked respondents who felt that they were successful in their work towards a “best-case” retirement strategy how they did it. The survey found a common set of approaches to producing the best possible outcome. Not surprisingly, there’s some planning involved. According to the survey, a best-case strategist: Stops, sits down, and focuses on the future…and talks about it Has a sense of self-reliance Thinks about the future – all the way to the end Anticipates…or, expects the unexpected Designates a budget column, today, for a future self Sets and lives by personal financial rules Engages in the “What ifs?” Puts pencil to paper, or cursor to screen; Does the math – All of it Gathers information Seeks advice Gets the house in order – literally Starts as soon as possible Over several blog posts, I’ll discuss these actions and what you can do to incorporate them into your life, no matter where you are in your journey towards retirement. Stops, sits down, and focuses on the future… and talks about it I’ve started with this attribute because I’d like to offer this series as a conversation starter for you as you consider your own retirement readiness. I know we’re all busy,...

Secure Shredding – A New Way to Shred

In this blog post I wanted to share a change in our shredding approach that impacts you, our client.  We hope that this change will provide more natural, environmental shredding without electricity, by maintaining confidentiality of client information. It all started when our son, Max, asked for a prairie dog, about a year ago.  One of the “deals” was that he had to research what it would take to get and keep a prairie dog as a pet.  Once that was done, the spring shipment of prairie dogs at our local pet store had already been purchased, and I thought we might have a one-year reprieve from the challenges of owning a wild animal.  We put our names at the top of the list for the next shipment of baby prairie dogs, which are arriving this spring, and Prairie Dogs were out of my mind. However, in October, the very friendly pet store called and said they had a customer who was going to have to sell her one and a half year old prairie dog.  I asked Max if a “used” prairie dog was OK, and he said “yes”.  We went to check out Peanut, and Max was immediately smitten.  A couple of weeks later, Peanut’s cage was at the foot of Max’s bed. One of Peanut’s less endearing qualities is his penchant to chew – just about anything.  We believe he’s usually looking for something to eat, given his chunky figure.  He’s gnawed drywall, carpet, sheets, blankets, and got particularly excited about a stuffed animal that appears to be full of some kind of small seed rather than...