Playful piggybanks make great gifts

By Alan Prahl Do you want your children or grandchildren to develop a habit of saving money? What better way to get them started saving than to give them a piggybank for Christmas? Today’s piggybanks can be playful and fun. You can buy banks that look like a favorite...

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Eating well for less

By Alan Prahl Whether you eat at home or eat out, food is probably a big part of your budget. Many families and millennials are spending nearly half of their food budget eating out. It’s all too easy to fill up on drive-through meal combos costing more than $7....

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To save more money, put yourself first

By Alan Prahl Many people want to save money but try to save out of their financial leftovers after they have paid everyone else. After paying the mortgage or rent, utilities, food, cellphone, car payment, student loans and eating out a few times, often there’s not...

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Time to talk about money with your college student

By Alan Prahl With thousands of students making their annual migration to college, this is a great time to have a candid conversation about financial aid and financial responsibilities. Review the financial aid package being offered by the school. If there is a...

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Wondering how to reach your financial goals?

By Alan Prahl For a limited time, you can attend FISC’s life-changing The Power of Money workshop at no cost. Thanks to a grant from The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America®, there is no fee to attend the workshop in 2018 The Power of Money workshop has helped...

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Do you have a winning financial game plan?

By Alan Prahl It’s football season again. While we’d love to see the Packers win the Super Bowl, it will take a winning game plan, diligent practice and superlative effort for the Packers to succeed. You know some of the key things the Packers need to do to win....

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Declare independence from financial frustration

By Alan Prahl While the country was enjoying the picnics and fireworks of July Fourth, many people who have financial challenges don’t feel like celebrating. Thankfully, it is often possible to regain peace of mind. Here are six common expressions of financial...

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Attend life-changing Power of Money workshop for free

Thanks to a grant from The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America®, there is no fee to attend FISC’s 2018 The Power of Money workshop. This classic program has been revised into a shorter three-week format. The core budgeting tips that have helped thousands of...

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Top 5 barriers to home ownership

A March 2018 survey conducted by Harris Poll for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) reveals that 38% of adults who have tried to purchase a home in the past year have faced barriers to home ownership. The infographic reveals the top five barriers to...

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Learn more about money at Money Smart Week workshops

Want to learn more about investments, Social Security and retirement? Money Smart Week Fox Cities is offering three free classes at Fox Cities libraries. Investment Fundamentals is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Menasha Public Library. Making the Most of...

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