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11/26/14  Smart Spending Tips
Skip the Black Friday doorbusters – give gift cards instead

Although Black Friday deals can be nice, if you’d like to stay home this year but still want to give gifts your family and friends will value, consider gift cards, and keep in mind that the packaging can make or break a gift card as a present.

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11/20/14  Savings & RetirementSmart Spending Tips
Five common retirement planning blunders – and how to avoid them

The time to plan or fine-tune your plan to ensure a comfortable retirement is now. Learn about five of the most common mistakes people make when planning for their retirements. 

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11/19/14  Savings & Retirement
IRA Basics

Learn the basics of Individual Retirement Accounts.

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11/1/14  Alliant NewsCareer & Education
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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11/1/14  Credit 101Getting Out of Debt
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 averse 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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11/1/14  Grab Bag
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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