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    Trim your wedding costs

    May 11, 2013 Leave a Comment

    Practical Money Skills for Life By Jason Alderman Director of Visa’s financial education programs Weddings have always been big business, but I was shocked to see how expensive they’ve become in the 17 years since my wife and I got married. According to the annual Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in the U.S. now… [Read More]

    How financially literate are you?

    April 28, 2013 Leave a Comment

    Practical Money Skills for Life By Jason Alderman Director of Visa’s financial education programs I’m not sure whether it was intentional or merely a coincidence that several years ago Congress proclaimed April to be Financial Literacy Month. April is also the month when millions of Americans grimly write a check to the IRS and resolve… [Read More]

    Fourteen things to consider before buying a home (part 1 of 2)

    April 28, 2013 Leave a Comment

    Don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment By Diane Benson Harrington Wait! That house may seem like everything you’ve ever wanted, but before you make an offer, take some time to consider a few things beyond the size, style and price. When buying a home, it’s easy to let emotions get in the way of… [Read More]

    The Practical Money Skills for Life

    March 18, 2013 Leave a Comment

    Avoiding tax refund identity fraud by Jason Alderman Director of Visa’s financial education programs Many people file their income tax returns as early in the year as possible. Some are eager to claim their tax refund right away, while others are simply following their New Year’s resolution not to procrastinate until midnight, April 15. Let… [Read More]

    When retiring together doesn’t make sense

    March 15, 2013 Leave a Comment

    By Jason Alderman Back when people from my parents’ generation were first planning their lives together, most married couples looked forward to working hard for a few decades, buying a house, raising a family and then retiring together while they still had enough money and energy to travel and pursue favorite hobbies. Some couples do… [Read More]

    Resolve to be financially secure in 2013

    December 27, 2012 Leave a Comment

    Practical Money Skills for Life By Jason Alderman Director of Visa’s financial education programs New Year’s resolutions, getting into good shape financially ranks right up there with losing weight and eating healthier. All three goals require discipline and planning; and, as you’ve no doubt experienced, it’s not unusual to encounter setbacks along the way. Don’t… [Read More]

    Cut your holiday expenses

    December 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    Practical Money Skills for LifeBy Jason Alderman Director of Visa’s financial education programs The closer the holidays loom, the less time harried families have to buy gifts, plan seasonal events and make travel arrangements. Unfortunately, when time is at a premium and you’re forced to make last-minute decisions, it’s usually your budget that suffers. As an… [Read More]

    “Lead, follow or get out of the damn way!”

    September 20, 2012 by Leave a Comment

    It should come as no surprise that Milwaukee has the weakest black business community in the country. However, it still surprises people when I bring it up. It’s as if we don’t talk about it, it will go away. Recently a Department of Justice complaint was filed by the NAACP at the urging of local… [Read More]

    Kohl’s department stores to hire more than 52,700 associates this holiday season

    September 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    Kohl’s Department Stores this week announced it anticipates hiring more than 52,700 associates nationwide this holiday season, up more than 10 percent from last year to support their holiday business in stores and growth in e-commerce in 2012. Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 41 associates per store, an increase of four percent over 2011,… [Read More]

    Kenosha casino analysis needs to include impact on Milwaukee

    September 20, 2012 Leave a Comment

    The Milwaukee Urban League and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently submitted a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) asking for a thorough analysis of the impacts a proposed off-reservation casino in Kenosha, Wisconsin will have on Milwaukee and its minority communities – and rightfully so. It is obvious that this proposed project… [Read More]