Family

Teaching Kids About Money: 4 Things Your Kids Need to Know

For most parents, the end of summer means moving on from pool floaties and popsicles to backpacks and pencil boxes — and a renewed emphasis on learning. You want to teach your kids about money, but between reading logs and art projects, it can be tempting to hope they just pick it up at school. […]

Wedding

Tips to Say ‘I Do’ Without Going Into Debt

It’s not just a fancy honeymoon trip to Bali that tips the cost of getting married from affordable to “Eek, that’s a massive bill!” With the wedding alone costing close to $34,000 on average (not including the honeymoon expenses), it’s no wonder couples feel stressed about money before and after their nuptials. In fact, according […]

Family

Keto on the Cheap? Paleo for Pennies? Yes, You Can Eat Healthy on a Budget

Healthy eating habits are nothing new, but anyone who’s made avocado toast knows that eating healthy on a budget can be challenging. You know to swap out starchy foods for whole grains and to reach for protein and fiber-rich foods in lieu of sugary and processed fare, yet organic food and specialty ingredients can add […]

Family

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Home

More people may be renting a home than ever before, but owning a home is still part of the American Dream that many of us aspire to achieve. Browsing real estate listings and attending open houses might seem easy enough, but the price isn’t the only thing you should consider when buying a home. From […]

Travel

How to Save for Vacation: Tips and Tricks to Help Make Your Dream Vacation Affordable

Whether you’re a camper, theme-park enthusiast, or international adventurer, summer is one of the best times to travel. The kids are out of school and, while adults don’t get a three-month break from laptops, meetings, or their bosses, summer is the time to have some fun in the sun. According to a recent AAA Travel […]

Family

‘Mom and Dad, It’s Time to Have The Money Talk

No parent-to-child talk trumps the birds and the bees in terms of awkwardness. Crying in your mom’s arms after your first breakup or learning from your dad how best to handle a bully have nothing on when your parents sit you down and describe … that. As you get older, those big talks with your […]

Career

Why We Salute Military Veterans’ Contributions to Our Company Culture

Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Donna Sullivan always pictured herself working in a big downtown building. Her path to achieving that childhood dream wasn’t conventional. Several of Sullivan’s family members, including her mother, didn’t graduate high school. No one in her family went to college. The first person to seriously talk to Sullivan about a […]

Career

Civilians and Veterans Learn Common Language Through Our Employee Resource Group

Eliot Sippola’s (pictured above) father was a civil engineer in the Army stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War era. His job was to understand the area’s infrastructure and how the surroundings could be used to prevent an enemy from advancing. Sippola’s grandfather was gifted at disassembling complex machinery and putting it back together from […]

Career

The Secret to Developing Strong Female Leadership

When Diane “Di” Morais (pictured right), President of Consumer and Commercial Banking Products at Ally, was in her 20s and just starting her career in financial services, she didn’t set out to serve as a mentor to numerous female employees. Nor was she thinking about the lofty goal of helping women find success in a […]

Career

When Calm and Reliable Employees Equal Happy Customers

Work is taxing. After all, it’s called work for a reason. But some jobs can be more stressful than others. For the Ally employees working at our call center in Jacksonville, Florida, the day-to-day responsibilities of the job can be challenging. They often have to have difficult conversations with customers about their money to help […]

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