Savings Story

Welcome to Savings Story! Here we invite you to share your experiences with money and savings, your own Savings Story. Maybe you're good at finding the best deals on things? Maybe you have a tips for living smarter and making more efficient use of your money? Maybe you have a story of how your savings saved you? Maybe things aren't so good and you need some advice about how to get back on the right track? Whatever your experience with money, feel free to share it here.

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I saw this link in my seldom used Twitter feed this morning.... ... keep reading...

How To Get Your Free Credit Report

If you own a television or a radio then you have no doubt heard about websites or services that promise 'free' credit reports or 'free' credit scores.  These commercials and advertisements may be cute and funny, but the truth is that their services are seldom free!  In most cases they offer only a free trial of a paid service which can end up costing you big bucks over time. ... keep reading...

The 21st Century Crook

We take great measures to protect our physical bodies. We wear seat belts, bike helmets, and wear sunscreen. Some of us go a little further and make regular visits to the doctor and even try to eat healthy. But how many of us are truly serious about protecting our virtual selves. In this day and age, your very identity is the target of the 21st century crook. ... keep reading...

Bad Advice About Credit

During my late nights working on the more detailed parts of our Christmas Parade float I had the television on to keep me company. I was amazed at the message of some commercials that promoted the idea of repairing your poor credit by purchasing and financing a new car. Effectively they said the answer to all your credit dilemmas is to borrow more money! This could not be farther from the truth! The truth is... ... keep reading...

Financial Dream or Scheme?

As I was browsing news article on Msnbc.com, I just so happened to look over to my right and some of the advertisements there. Now usually I don’t pay enough attention to them to actually want to click on them but this time I saw something that caught my eye which is pictured below: ... keep reading...

Would You Like a Grilled Cheese Sandwich? (Financial Education Opportunities)

I can cook a really great grilled cheese sandwich!  But that's about the extent of my culinary prowess!  No one in their right mind would dare take cooking advice from me.  However, people every day take financial advice from their neighbors, friends and online buddies without really knowing if they are remotely qualified to offer such advice.  If you listen to financial advice from people who are always broke, guess what you'll be.  Broke! ... keep reading...

College Savings vs. Retirement Savings?

Q: Which goal should have a higher priority? Saving for my own retirement or saving for my child's college education? ... keep reading...

2010, The Year of Broken Stuff

Let me share a little story with you which, I hope, will emphasize the importance of regular savings.  First here's a little background information.  I have a wife, three children, two cars, and a seven year old house.  Surely you have heard the expression, "When it rains, it pours!"  Well that's what 2010 has been like for my family finances! ... keep reading...

Thinking About a New Appliance?

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently implemented a rebate program to encourage residents to replace their old, inefficient appliances with new, efficient ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances.  You could save anywhere from $35 to $300 on your next appliance!  Eligible products include: ... keep reading...

Earth Day and E-statements

Today, April 22, is Earth Day.  I remember first hearing about this little day in elementary school.  I think my 2nd grade class planted a tree or something.  Earth Day is all about trying to do things that are good for the planet.  Wherever you are on climate change (and there are many differing voices) we can all stand to make subtle changes to our routines in an effort to become more efficient, save money, and, yes, to be nice to the planet we all call home. ... keep reading...

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