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Financial security for tomorrow starts today.

Read more about 'Money Talk' with your kids and how to help them become money smart.

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new iconSummer Vacation SPF (Savings. Prep. Fun) – A summer getaway with the family is an opportunity for everyone to bond, relax, and recharge. While the memories may be priceless, vacation expenses can add up quickly + more

Planet Wise, Dollar Bullish – Protecting and preserving our planet is essential to our quality of life today and in the future. Summer is a great time to teach your kids important lessons about becoming more green while saving green to boot. + more

Check out our blog in the Pointers for Parents section.

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Setting financial goals isn't easy, especially for college students and recent grads. So we've added a tab to help young adults prepare for financial independence.
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Did you Know?

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

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Just for Moms

Tax time is here! It's not too soon to get your papers in order with our tips.

Just for Moms

Home is where the fun is

Keeping kids entertained throughout the summer can become an expensive endeavor. Check out the suggestions below for affordable and educational alternatives to theme parks, movies, and other budget busting outings:

Backyard waterpark – why spend money on gas, tolls, snacks and souvenirs and entry fees when you can recreate the magic at home. Sprinklers, a few slip and slides and water balloons are all you need to make a splash with your kids. Throw in some healthy homemade frozen fruit pops and other treats and your kids won't notice the difference.

Home science lab – Keep learning throughout the summer by using common household items to perform fun experiments with kids of all ages. What's more awesome than a lava lamp made from some empty water bottles, water, oil, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer.

DIY scavenger hunts – Play on a typical kids' love for adventure and the thrill of the discovery by constructing scavenger hunts tailored to their age and interests as well as your environment. From big city to backyard, there are a million ways to get your kids outside while stimulating their curiosity and creativity.