4 Habits to Make Your Money Work Harder

From discounts on everyday items to savings account perks and special offers, take full advantage of your NEA benefits and give your bank account a boost.

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by NEA Member Benefits

Saving gives you options, less money stress and more financial freedom, says consumer finance expert Kevin Gallegos, vice president of Phoenix operations for Freedom Financial Network. “Money may not buy happiness,” he adds, but it is a vehicle to help us achieve many goals, whether those goals include buying a new piece of furniture, spending time to train for a marathon, providing for a child’s education or saving for retirement.

It can be hard to get to any destination without a map, Gallegos notes. He recommends creating a budget that includes your plans for saving. “The key is not to start with dollars and cents, but with your goals,” he says. Make a list of your goals and use it to guide your budget and plan your savings.

Once you’ve created your roadmap, take full advantage of the NEA member resources that can help you reach your goals. A few simple changes could lead to more money in your pocket!

1. Shop at NEA Discount Marketplace

At the NEA Discount Marketplace, powered by Rakuten, you can find discounts from well-known retailers such as Kohl’s, Sears, Macy’s and many more. And when you shop, you earn cash back, which you can receive via check or your PayPal account.  

2. Make your money work harder with an online savings account

It pays to pay yourself first: Set up or add to your emergency fund, start setting aside money for your next vacation or a start a down payment fund for a car. By saving small amounts consistently each month, you’ll meet your goals before you know it.

“Use technology to simplify savings,” suggests Gallegos. Decide how much of each paycheck—or any income source—you want to save. “Establish a monthly savings goal and turn that [goal] into a ‘bill’ to pay,” just as you pay other bills.

Learn why it’s so important to pay yourself first in “9 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund” and learn more about financial planning in “How to Reach Your Financial Goals Faster.

3. Purchase through NEA Discount Tickets

Whether you’re headed to the movies, a concert, a show or sporting event, touring a new city or finally making that trip you’ve always talked about to Disney, the NEA Discount Tickets Program is the place to start!

Through this program, members get access to all the attractions and entertainment you love, at prices that won’t break the bank. Offerings and member-exclusive deals are updated regularly, so bookmark the page and start shopping today.

4. Sign up for NEA Member Benefits newsletters

You’ll get special NEA member travel deals and discounts, along with inspirational destination ideas, when you sign up for NEA Travel. Save on hotel bookings, rental cars and more! And if you're looking for an easy way to save on your everyday shopping, get valuable deals, tips and advice when you sign up for the NEA Member Shopper’s Guide.

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