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Back to School: How to Talk to Kids About Money

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on August 26, 2021

When we think of back to school, we think of what our kids will learn to set themselves up for success as adults.

Among these is understanding finances and managing money. Parents may question the best time to start teaching kids about money and many experts answer - the sooner the better.

Kids can learn a lot watching their parents, especially watching the preparations at the beginning of the school year. What they see can set a pattern for life.

Everyone looks forward to new beginnings, even as we continue to manage the challenges the pandemic provides. Now is a great time for the whole family to establish new habits.

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Beat Summer Boredom

Posted by BALANCE on July 13, 2021

At some point during the long summer, kids are bound to say the words every parent dreads: “Mom, I’m bored!” Oh sure, there are many things to do—amusement parks, costly trips to the mall, and summer camps—just to name a few. But thrifty moms and dads can keep kids happy without having to break the bank. With a little creativity, you can still uncover a variety of ways to keep your children stimulated with little or no cost. Here are some budget-friendly activities to enjoy during the long summer months:

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Resume Writing Tips for Recent College Grads

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on May 20, 2021

As students around America graduate, hundreds of thousands of people will soon enter the full-time workforce for the first time. Many of you may be asking, “How do I land my first job when I don’t have any experience?”

One key tool for job seekers is a resume.

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Financial Literacy for Kids

Posted by GreenPath Financial Wellness on April 19, 2021

Practical money management skills learned at an early age can have a lasting impact on the rest of your child’s life. In fact, this is one of the most important areas where you can truly change the course of their life. Educating your children about financial wellness will help them build healthy spending habits for the future.

Here are some great ways to teach your kids about money.

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Raising Money-Smart Kids

Posted by BALANCE on April 15, 2021

Every year, American children receive over $15 billion in allowance, gifts and wages – reason enough to start teaching children money management and consumer skills at a young age. The following tips can make the difference between a child who grows up to be financially secure – and one who isn’t.

Teach by example: The best way to instill good financial habits is by “walking the talk.” For instance, when you go shopping, include your kids in the process – planning, budgeting, and comparing prices and quality. If they urge you to buy something that is over budget, explain that spending more on the item you’re purchasing today is not as important as saving up for something else you need or want in the future.

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12 Tips for a Financially Healthy Family

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on March 22, 2021

Just as we practice staying in good physical health, it’s also important to be sure we are practicing good financial health. Financial check-ups are a great way to be sure that you and your family are on the right financial track. Here are 12 tips to help get you started.

1. Track spending to know where your money goes. Identify expenses that can be reduced or eliminated—and take immediate action.

 

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Personal Finance Topics All High School Students Should Know

Posted by BALANCE on September 16, 2020

For good reason, high school students are set on an academically rigorous track towards college. Unfortunately, though, personal finance (a topic they need to understand to survive in life) is rarely taught to them in school.

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AMP Teen Club: (Credit) History in the Making

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Specialist on July 15, 2020

Think you’re too young to worry about your credit history? Think again! Credit history can open doors. One day you’ll need a loan to buy something big like a car or a house. To do this, you’ll need a positive credit history. The earlier you learn good credit habits, the better.

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Creative Ways to Fill Your Soul With Art and Culture

Posted by Bridget Staffileno, VP Community Affairs on April 20, 2020

Arts and culture in the Great Lakes Bay Region is known for its vibrancy. Regardless of what sings to your soul, you can be sure you will find something right here in your own backyard.

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