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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 iconSave your kids from scary financial habits – Talking about money is a fear factor for many Americans. However, not having conversations about good money habits have even scarier consequences in the long-term. + more

“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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

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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

Saving money on Halloween:

In 2013 86% of consumers said they wanted to spend less money overall on Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association. Here are some not so spooky ideas to save while stay making Halloween a treat for the kids.

1. When it comes to saving $$ on candy remember the 2 H's

2. When it comes to haunted houses or other theme park thrills – try and visit on low traffic days (Sunday – Wednesday) the price usually drops on these days and the scare factor remains the same!

3. Pumpkin carving is fun no matter where the pumpkins come from! Buying pumpkins from your local grocery store is usually much more affordable than traveling to a pumpkin patch.