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Banking Basics : Understanding Banking and Saving

Banking and saving are an important aspect of personal finance that isn’t frequently talked about. While it falls under the area of personal finance, many of us assume that in this day and age that nearly everyone is part of a bank or credit union. Surprisingly, there are still large portions of the population that […]

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6 Tips For Women to Take Control of Their Retirement Planning

As women take on retirement planning, they have a lot riding against them. Study after study show that women earn less than men and typically take more time away from the workforce to care for children and aging family members. Women, more often, work part-time, making them ineligible for benefits such as job-sponsored retirement funds. […]

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Why October is an Important Month for College Financial Aid

Most full-time students rely on some form of college financial aid to pay for their education. According to the College Board, about two-thirds cover at least part of the cost for college with grants and scholarships. Among those financial aid dollars, about 57 percent are in the form of grants and 34 percent were federal […]

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CESI Celebrates Twenty Years of Enhancing Economic Security for Consumers

  Raleigh, NC – Non-Profit Consumer Education Services Inc. (CESI) has reached an exciting milestone as the company is celebrating 20 years of delivering innovative financial services to consumers struggling to manage their financial well-being. Since 1998, CESI has been a trusted non-profit resource for more than a million individuals struggling financially, by offering counseling and financial […]

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Celebrating 20 Years of CESI History

Since 1998, Consumer Education Services Inc. (CESI) has been a trusted non-profit resource for  individuals and families who are struggling financially. CESI offers financial counseling and solutions to help consumers address their unsecured debt and support to help make wise financial choices every day. CESI Mission Consumer Education Services, Inc. (CESI) is a non-profit service provider […]

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8 Ways to Save More Money, Even If You’re Broke

We’d all like to save more money. There are plenty of sites that will tell you ways to save money, but many of them involve tips that require spending money, like “buy a hybrid,” or “refinance your home.” What if you need to save money because you don’t have extra money to spend? We would […]

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Get the Party Started: Save on Kids’ Birthday Parties

If you have children, it seems to happen nearly every year as your child’s birthday approaches — the requests for an amazing birthday party. Birthday parties are expensive, and if you have a tight household budget, birthday parties may seem impossible to pull off.  When you consider venue, food, goody bags, cake, and presents, it’s […]

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Stop Paying ATM Fees

It happens to all of us. You stop at the sandwich shop for a quick bite and learn it’s cash only. Or you’re on vacation and you realize you’ll need some actual dollar bills to get that ice cream sandwich that your child is clamoring for from the beach vendor. So, you rush to the […]

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Save Money on Childcare with a Babysitting Co-Op

We all love our kids, but let’s face it, parents need time away from their kids to run errands, manage appointments, pursue hobbies or have an occasional date-night. So, time away is a good thing for parents, but what about the high cost of reliable and safe childcare? Babysitters aren’t easily affordable in every family […]

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Can You Save Time and Money Using Grocery Delivery Services?

If the aisles of your grocery store seem just a little bit less crowded these days, here’s why: More and more people are ordering their groceries online using Grocery Delivery Services. By 2022, the Food Marketing Institute says that consumers could be spending $100 billion a year on grocery delivery services. In fact, in the […]

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