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The smart money tips you didn’t know you needed

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September 05, 2017

By Maggie Tomasek

Personal finance tips come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes the smallest money move can make the biggest difference.

The more than 4,000 folks who entered our recent Smartest Financial Decision Contest have told us about smart ways to save for college, save for retirement and save for families. We’ve compiled even more smart money tips from our contest entrants, and these particular money moves take a slightly different spin on personal finance.


Maggie Tomasek is PR and Social Media Specialist at Alliant. She began her career as a journalist for newspapers in Utica, N.Y., Des Moines and Cincinnati before moving to Chicago in 2009. Maggie is a six-time Chicago Marathon finisher and a lifelong creative writer with a passion for comedy. Her mom instilled in her a great sense of fiscal responsibility, and her big sister told her to throw that responsibility out the window every once in a while in the name of life experience. So far, that combination of financial advice has worked out pretty well for her.