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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 icon“Savings School” is in Session! – School's back in session, but the learning doesn't just have to happen in the classroom. In fact, valuable lifelong lessons about financial responsibility usually happen at home. + more

Summer 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

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?

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.

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

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

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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

Back to School Savings – Unexpected Ideas for Cutting Costs

Ahhh…back-to-school…that magical time when kids grab for clothes and supplies and you grab onto something to steady yourself when the bills start coming in. Below are a few lessons from The Mint on back-to-school savings that will might help earn you an “A” for affordability.

1) Everything not so old is new again – Kids grow up and out of their clothes way too quickly. The good news is that it happens to every parent, so get your friends with kids of various ages together for a clothing swap party. That barely-worn windbreaker that no longer fits your son might just snag a pair of pink winter boots for your daughter. Just set out some snacks and some ground rules around condition of clothing and let the swapping begin!

2) Go online better you get on line – Running around from store to store or even site to site is time-consuming and not necessarily productive. Save yourself some stress and money at the same time by looking for sites like Coupon.com that aggregate the best back-to-school deals in one place. If you do score some great finds, consider stocking up in advance for next year. Also, if you opt for plain binders, lunchboxes, etc. that could be customized by your kids, they are more likely to last through to the next year or next semester than items with trendy TV, movie or cartoon characters du jour.

3) Downloading and downsize textbook costs – There are a number of sites where you can legally download textbooks and other required reading for FREE. This is great way to lighten the load in that backpack and on your wallet.