The happenings "inside" the Wisconsin State Treasury and across the street at the State Capitol

Archive for May, 2013

Wisconsin Saves Fun Tip: Become a Wisconsin Saver!


The Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer proudly teams up with WWBIC (Wisconsin’s Women Business Initiative Corporation) for “Wisconsin Saves.”  Each week, we will share with you a savings tip courtesy of WWBIC.WWBIC

 

Wisconsin Saves, the local initiative of the national America Saves, is a social marketing campaign that encourages individuals to save money, reduce debt and build wealth. Our goal is to reach as many Wisconsinites as possible with one powerful message: saving more will build wealth! 
 
Across the country, we want to help create a nation of savers not spenders.  More than 300,000 people just like you are proving that you don’t have to be rich to build wealth. Wisconsin Saves provides tips and tools to help you set goals, pay off debt and start saving today.  
 
To become a Wisconsin Saver, print and fill out the form below or register online by going to www.wisconsin-saves.org

Treasurer’s Top 5: Crawford County


This week, we travel to Crawford County.  Crawford CountyHere’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets.Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Crawford  County

Carl R Rabe

Karen Kvalheim

                                                  Marian Updike

                                                 Doug Himrichs

                                                 Mabel Schlicher


Wisconsin Saves Fun Tip: College Costs Alot But Fun Doesn’t Have To


The Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer proudly teams up with WWBIC (Wisconsin’s Women Business Initiative Corporation) for “Wisconsin Saves.”  Each week, we will share with you a savings tip courtesy of WWBIC.WWBIC

If you’re a college student, you can take advantage of college or youth discounts at museums, movie theaters, and even while traveling! Often all you have to do is ask and show your college ID.


Treasurer’s Top 5: Clark County


clark county

This week, we travel to Clark County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets.Do you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Clark  County

Anthony J Gressick

Kenneth Kirschner

Harold Vogt

Barbara Urbana

Randall and Cathy Richmond


Money Matters: Is Spring Cleaning Worth Your Time?


It can be both satisfying and overwhelming to scrub every stain, spot, nook and cranny of our homes in some massive Spring cleaning ritual.  Our friends at Learnvest.com help us calculate if the desire to live in a sparkling, clutter-free home is worth the time we put into making it happen.

Give this a try:  our time-worth calculator, you’ll quickly learn that sometimes it just doesn’t pay to scrimp and save if it costs you too much time.spring cleaning

In anticipation of the upcoming spring cleaning season, we wanted to know: When does it make sense to spend our own time brightening living spaces—and when is it wiser to just spend the money and hire someone else to do it?

To arrive at the right answers, we gathered intelligence from a variety of different sources to get estimates of how long certain classic spring cleaning tasks might take an average person to complete, and how much said tasks might cost if a professional tackled them for us.

According to a nationwide survey conducted by LearnVest and Chase Blueprint®, respondents said that they’re willing to spend $24 on a dinner entrée and $71 on a pair of shoes. Viewed through this lens, would you be willing to skip a few dinners out to hire someone else to help you sort through all those old shoes in your jam-packed closet?

A Few Notes on Our Spring Cleaning Numbers

All of the figures in our chart are estimates, of course, and will vary based on where you live. Since the size of someone’s space is a big variable, we asked our experts to estimate based on a two-bedroom, two-bath home, with an average-sized kitchen and living room.

Most of the tasks involve paying someone to do something for you, but a few involve getting someone to help you. When you hire a personal organizer, for example, you’re getting expertise on what to keep and what to toss—but you obviously can’t pay someone to go through your clutter and throw things out without your input.

Also note that, while we’ve broken down the cost of specific cleaning tasks, in most cases, you won’t be able to hire someone to come out for just one quick task. So although our experts broke out separate estimates for reference, you’ll need to buy a package through most services.

Introducing the experts: For cleaning rates, we spoke to Lariza Diaz of Sweeping Dimensions in the Chicago area. For details on having a personal organizer help you sift through your closet, we consulted Jeanne Fiorini of She’s NEAT in Maine and Suzanne O’Donnell of Los Angeles-based My LA Organizer. When it came to expertise on how to declutter piles of paperwork, we consulted Schae Lewis of Mission 2 Organize in Chicago. And for outdoor work—like window- and gutter-cleaning—we referred to the crowd-sourced wisdom of Costhelper.com.


Wisconsin Saves Fun Tip: Pump Up Summer Saving–Check Your Tire Pressure


tires

The Wisconsin Office of the State Treasurer proudly teams up with WWBIC (Wisconsin’s Women Business Initiative Corporation) for “Wisconsin Saves.”  Each week, we will share with you a savings tip courtesy of WWBIC.WWBIC

This week,  Letting Your Tires Deflate- Gas is expensive, but air is free—and using enough of it can actually help you use less gas. According to the guys at Car Talk, your gas mileage is 0.4% worse for every pound that your tires are under-inflated. So if your tires are down by just ten pounds, you’re using 4% more gas—that’s an extra gallon for every 25 gallons that you buy!

Bottom line: Read your owner’s manual for the correct tire pressure for your car’s make and model, and check your tires regularly—especially in the wintertime, when tires lose pressure as the air gets colder.


Treasurer’s Top 5: Chippewa County


This week, we travel to Chippewa County.  Here’s a look at the Top 5 people and businesses there with unclaimed assets.

chippewa countyDo you see anyone on this list you know?  If so, have check out  www.wismissingmoney.com and search their name to make a claim.  They can also call 855-375-CASH (2274)

Chippewa  County

Karoline A Yeager

Martha S Vanek

C A Irwin

Christine Julson

Juanita M and Bernard P Kuhn