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The Money Mentor Blog
2/17/15  Savings & Retirement
Planning for retirement in your 60s

In Part Five of our five-part series on saving for retirement at different ages, we examine retirement planning strategies for those in their 60s. Learn about the benefits of working through at least part of your 60s and how you can get accurate estimates of your future Social Security benefits and some of the factors involved in deciding when to file for Social Security. 

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2/15/15  Housing
Starting veggies from seeds to transplant in your garden

An easy way to increase the savings realized from your gardening hobby is to start your own plants from seeds instead of buying plants at the local garden center or from a garden/seed catalog. Get some tips on container, soil, lighting and watering needs to start your own seedlings successfully. 

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2/10/15  Savings & Retirement
Saving for retirement in your 50s

In Part Four of our five-part series, we discuss retirement savings strategies for those in their 50s. Learn about tax-advantaged catch-up contributions, consolidation of "orphaned" 401(k) accounts from previous employers, and how your empty nest can help you to save more for your retirement. 

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2/5/15  Up Your Security IQ
Using alerts to improve the security of your accounts

Learn about the types of email alerts you can set up in Alliant Online Banking to monitor your account transactions and protect yourself against fraud. 

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2/4/15  Up Your Security IQ
Alert: Tax ID Phone Calls

As tax season revs up, be on high-alert for fraudsters seeking personal identity information. Scammers are seeking Social Security numbers in hopes of stealing a tax refund or getting a job with your identity. 

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2/3/15  Getting Out of Debt
Saving for retirement in your 40s

In Part Three of our five-part series, we discuss retirement savings strategies for those in their 40s. Learn how completing an accurate retirement income calculation can help you get a clearer picture of where you stand and review some ways that you can step up your retirement savings. 

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