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Building your Savings

In Blog, Featured, Financial Resources, News by eri

Do you have savings goals? Are you saving up for a car? A house? An emergency fund? A lot of people reach the end of the month and realize they’ve spent the money they planned to save. A survey in late 2016 suggests that nearly half of Americans are living in this paycheck to paycheck cycle. What can I do? …

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That’s a Load of Debt!

In Blog, Featured, Financial Resources, Resources by eri

To develop a plan for reducing your debt, first determine your debt load – the total amount you owe. Take a few minutes to collect all your bills and credit card statements to take inventory. On a piece of paper (or using the debt load worksheet in the resources below), write out the following: Name of creditor Current balance Interest rate Minimum monthly …

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New Mental Health Services Option and the State of Mental Health Report

In Blog, Featured, Mental Health Resources by eri

As residents of Wisconsin, it is everyone’s responsibility to improve the state of mental health and at ERI we are dedicated to doing our part. Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program One program that is making its way throughout Wisconsin is the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program, and it is hoped that the program will give support to a population frequently …

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Double your Dollars at the Farmer’s Markets

In Featured, Healthy Eating, Resources by Stephanie Drum

The MadMarket Double Dollars program is a farmers’ market incentive program for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) / FoodShare users. The program will offer a dollar for dollar match for all EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) transactions (up to $25) at three participating farmers’ markets. The program will begin Sunday, July 5th, and will run through December 20th. Participants will be …

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Easy Lunch Box Recipes – Healthy Eating Tips

In Healthy Eating, News, Resources by Sarah Steinquist

Have you or your kids gotten sick of the typical PB&J brown bag lunch? It’s not easy coming up with new ideas for healthy, affordable lunches, but the start of a new school year is a good time to get creative. We love this creative lunch idea from Eating Well for Pizza Rollups: Eating on a Budget: Make Your Tummy …

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

In Healthy Eating, News, Resources by Sarah Steinquist

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. For some tips and resources to help you make healthy food choices while staying within your budget, check out our resource list about budget friendly, healthy, and best of all, delicious food. We also invite you to share your favorite website on this topic. Add it to our list or vote for your …

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GreenPath Debt Solutions

In Community Partners, Financial Resources, Resources by Sarah Steinquist

Next time you are meeting with an ERI staff member, don’t be surprised if we ask if you are interested in financial counseling. Benefits, employment and finances all go hand-in-hand. We are committed to identifying resources to assist you in achieving your financial goals. ERI has a trusted partnership with GreenPath to support financial security and wellbeing for people in …

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Earned Income Tax Credit

In Benefits Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, Tax Resources, Ticket to Work Articles by Amber Kwiatkowski

With tax season in full swing, don’t forget about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC, also referred to as the Earned Income Credit (EIC), is a federal tax credit available to low-income workers. The EIC is a refundable credit. This means that even if you have no tax liability, you could receive a tax refund if you file …