What are You Saving for?

What are You Saving for?

We all know that saving a little bit of money here and there throughout the month is one of the best strategies for accumulating savings. However, it can be difficult to keep that in mind while you’re shopping, especially if your goal is generalized to “save money”.

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We are pleased to share the Women’s Money Annual Report for 2016.

We are pleased to share the Women’s Money Annual Report for 2016.  This year marks another period of tremendous growth and opportunity for the organization and for financial education to women and families.

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Looking back on 2016, so many moments served as vivid reminders of the important challenges women are up against, as well as the amazing power we have as a collective force to bring about greater change for justice and equality.

Each story in this annual report reflects a moment, person, or project that inspires and energizes us, and continually gives us hope that our work is having real impact.  

The year was one of exceeding expectations for Women’s Money. Both, the 2016 Women’s Money Conferences exceeded expected attendance by 15%, and National Women’s Money Week exceeded participation by over 100%.   These two keystone programs saw the largest participation to date. All program participation literally blew the roof off of what we thought was possible.  Women’s Money engaged with more than 24,000 participants in more than 3,000,000 engagement moments.  Some of those engagements were a very brief but impactful 140 characters, and some engagement moments were as long as six hours of solid learning and practice.  Whatever engagement experience a women had with Women’s Money, the measurement of impact was significant, real, and often life-changing.

Thank you for ongoing support and interest in Women’s Money, and a special recognition to our amazing partners, supporters and colleagues around the world – we couldn't do any of this without you.

Sincerely,

Gina Robison-Billups

 

Are the Budget Blues Bringing You Down?

Are the Budget Blues Bringing You Down?

If you’ve followed my writing, I’m sure you’ve noticed several articles on budgeting. Why so many? Because a budget is one of the most valuable tools for understanding, managing, and growing your money. Yet it seems to me that many people break-out in a cold sweat the moment I say “budget”.

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Plan your Meals; Plan your Spending

Plan your Meals; Plan your Spending

Making food at home is an easy way to trim your spending, but it can often feel difficult to fit in cooking, and clean-up, within daily life. A few months ago, my boyfriend and I started meal planning to save money and eat healthier and so far, we’re achieving our goal.

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How Do You Know What You Can Deduct?

How Do You Know What You Can Deduct?

It’s tax time and that can be stressful. It can also be a time where people feel hopeful about receiving a large refund for taxes overpaid during the year. In order to fully understand this process, it is important to recognize that your refund is for taxes that you paid during the year that are more than your tax burden should be based on your income and expenses. This seems simple enough, but many people feel sheepish about taking the full benefit of their write-offs. This is silly however, because a write-off represents your expense while contributing to the the economic value of our economy.

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Don't Drive into Debt

Don't Drive into Debt

Now that tax, and tax return, season is upon us, maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a car. A tax return can make a solid down payment on a car. Because cars are a depreciating investment, it is important to find a reliable car that fits your budget and won’t break down, causing extra bills and stress

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Is the Mortgage Tax Deduction in Your Best Interest?

Is the Mortgage Tax Deduction in Your Best Interest?

So tax season is upon us, and if you’re paying on a mortgage, you probably feel pretty excited about the home mortgage tax deduction that comes with it. After all, everyone says that you should hold off on fully repaying your mortgage because the tax deduction saves you money. Unfortunately, that common sense advice isn’t really sensible at all, and may actually be costing you money.

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Where Does Your Money Go?

Where Does Your Money Go?

Have you ever had such a terrible customer service experience or been charged so many fees at your bank that you seriously considered closing your accounts, but didn’t because, well, would another corporate bank be any different? Credit unions are a viable alternative to big banks. After a terrible customer service experience, this was exactly the course I took.

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Romance on a Budget

Romance on a Budget

So Valentine’s Day is 10 days away and you still don’t have a gift for your significant other. Don’t worry, I’ve also been procrastinating, but we’re going to get through this together. I’ve compiled a list of low-budget gifts and dates to help us make Valentine’s a success on a budget.

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A Rose on Any Other Day

A Rose on Any Other Day

If you’ve recently visited a store, you know Valentine’s Day is almost here. I’m a huge romantic sap and love the idea of Valentine’s Day, but the hype is a little out of control. Yes, chocolate is delicious and roses are pretty, but they are also expensive extras. While it is definitely important to take time to appreciate your significant other, and Valentine’s Day is a good day to do so, it’s important not to break the bank in the process.

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Stop Letting Your Money Manage You

Stop Letting Your Money Manage You

Confession time… I have never had a formal budget. I would put money aside for my bills, but as far as groceries, gas, and all my other spending, it was a free for all. Honestly, I was scared of writing a budget because it meant I would have to face up to my bad spending habits.

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Personal Finance Insights from Self-Employed Women #WMWeek17 @femmefrugality

Personal Finance Insights from Self-Employed Women #WMWeek17 @femmefrugality

Yesterday I had the privilege of organizing an event in honor of Women’s Money Week at Whetstone Workgroup. Since the patrons at Whetstone are self-employed, we set up a discussion with financial counselor Katharine Perry on saving for retirement when you’re self-employed (and female.)

I  learned a lot about what self-employed women are worried about when it comes to personal finance, and also got some insights from those who have done this freelancing gig for a lot longer than I have. I wanted to share some of that with you here today.

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A Quick Hack To Raise Your Credit Score Before You Apply For Credit #WMWeek17 @OwnYourMoney

A Quick Hack To Raise Your Credit Score Before You Apply For Credit #WMWeek17 @OwnYourMoney

Managing your credit — credit cards and your credit scores in particular — can seem so confusing and even a little scary.

You don’t want to do anything to hurt it, but it seems like even the smallest wrong move can hurt your credit score. (Plus, it is so hard to know what a wrong move is, when even just having a high current outstanding balance can hurt it.) And even the smallest ding on your credit could affect the rate you get, or worse, if you even get the credit card or loan.

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Do Women Really Have Different Financial Planning Needs? #WMWeek17 @marybstorj

Do Women Really Have Different Financial Planning Needs? #WMWeek17 @marybstorj

The fight for female equality has been underway for more than a century. Since then, voting, birth control and other rights have been achieved. But not every woman is aware that there’s still a huge discrepancy in how financially prepared men and women are when it comes to retirement.

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How One Decision Can Lead to a Comfortable Retirement #WMWeek17 @ClaudiaRwealth

How One Decision Can Lead to a Comfortable Retirement #WMWeek17 @ClaudiaRwealth

In celebration of the 6th annual Women’s Money Week, see this post below about retirement investing. #WMWeek17

Gone are the days of the pension plan.

Most employers have decided that it’s the responsibility of the employees to provide for themselves in retirement. That’s partially because pension plans are essentially unsustainable.

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