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Spending, saving and retirement

People use different strategies to manage their money. Some people plan their spending for today and tomorrow. Others prefer to spend their money without planning, which may result in financial problems. No matter your situation, the following resources will help you manage your spending and savings to better meet your goals.

Holiday spending

Develop a game plan ahead of time to avoid holiday debt.

Meeting your insurance needs

Find information and resources to make sure you have the right amount of insurance.

Cash-based payment options: what's right for you?

Get information on all the cash-based payment options available to you.

Identifying financial security goals for later life

Take an online quiz or complete the worksheet to sort out your financial goals.

Alternative financial services and avoiding the debt trap

Learn how to pay off payday loans and other “fringe” banking services so you can start building wealth.

Special discounts for families in need

Learn how to get discounts for recreation and entertainment if your family receives public assistance.

Planning ahead for retirement

Guides you in developing a retirement plan that takes into account the financial, emotional, and social aspects of your life.

Retirement savings and stock market changes

Prepare to speak with your financial professional about your 401(k) and changes in the stock market. 

Sending money abroad

Learn how remittances work, and get tips on sending money to family and friends in other countries.

Discounted entertainment for families

Get ideas for discounted, low-cost, and free entertainment options to get your family out and about in your community.

Summer family fun on a budget

Help your kids to have fun in the summer without sitting in front of a screen.

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