Meet Alliant’s 2014 National Education Program winners

More than 100 students competed in Alliant’s 2014 National Education Program for gift cards redeemable for computers and related items. These young scholars (and Alliant members) harnessed their imaginations – as well as a variety of media – to respond to the questions “What do I want to be when I grow up?” and “How can a computer enrich my education.” Read about the winners.

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Will you find a credit card in a Millennial’s wallet? Not likely.

Look into a Millennial’s wallet and what are the odds that you’ll see a credit card? Only 37%! Millennials, after weathering the Great Recession and becoming adverse to financial risk, generally see a credit card as a means to spend money they don’t have and a sure-fire way to go into deep debt. Meanwhile, in the long-term, by not using credit cards as a credit building tool, they could be putting their future credit at risk.

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The economics of Thanksgiving

If you’re like 88% of American households, you will sit down for a Thanksgiving dinner with a turkey. That turkey will weigh, on average, 16-pounds and you’ll end up eating 3,000 calories. You’ll also be participating in one of the most crucial days in the U.S. economy. Learn some facts and stats about this special holiday and how you might save some money and eat fewer calories this year.

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Light it right—and save

Lighting is vital to your home decor. The light bulb you choose has a big impact on your utility bill. Learn which bulbs are excellent money-savers and how you can use motion sensors and natural light to save money and compliment your decorating style.

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Estimating medical costs for 2015:  Part 2 – Types of medical expenses for which you need to account

It’s annual benefit enrollment time for many Americans whose healthcare is provided by their employers. For many, that includes estimating out-of-pocket medical costs for the coming year to can make sure the contributions to your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) are as accurate as possible. Let's review a few of the foreseeable costs to consider when estimating your medical expenditures for next year.

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Estate Planning Basics

Having an estate plan will give your family a financial outline after you pass away or become disabled. Although there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” estate plan, learning what an estate plan entails may help you decide how to proceed to create yours.

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Estimating medical costs for 2015:  Part 1 – HSAs and FSAs

It’s annual benefit enrollment time for many Americans whose healthcare is provided by their employers. For many, that includes estimating out-of-pocket medical costs for the coming year to can make sure the contributions to your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA) are as accurate as possible. In the first article of this two-part series, we review the difference between FSAs and HSAs and a few of the basics of contribution limits and options for each.

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Proper retirement planning: critical for women

A basic goal for retirement investing is to make sure you save enough to make your money last throughout your lifetime. But the longer life expectancy of women means they may need to save more than men, as a woman's money needs to last six years longer on average. Learn more about calculating your long-term financial needs and factors to consider in preparing for retirement.

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