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8 Ideas for Surviving Back-to-School Shopping (Without Taking out a Second Mortgage)

Do you have children heading back to school? Most families will spend a couple of hundred dollars on each child. If you have a college freshman, you may spend several hundred dollars. According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school and back-to-college spending ranks as the second biggest shopping season for retailers after the winter holidays. […]

Be Smart About Money This Week

This week is Money Smart Week®. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2002, Money Smart Week® is a national education campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year the dates are April 22 to 29. Money Smart Week is the collaboration of hundreds of organizations across the country […]

Managing a Loved One’s Social Security Benefits

When you are managing the finances for a parent who receives Social Security benefits, you may need to become her “Representative Payee.” Social Security does not recognize guardianships, conservatorships or powers of attorneys. If you handle your family member’s money with one of these documents and you need to manage her Social Security benefits, you […]

Avoid Decay and Stay in Control of Your Money

Would you like to feel younger next year? The book, Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D., explains, while we can’t stop aging, we can turn back our biological clocks. Co-authors Crowley and Lodge describe the three components to becoming functionally younger as we age. Crowley writes, “50 percent of all […]

Seven Sure Fire Tips for Financial Peace of Mind

A new year and a fresh start is upon us. Now is a good time to get your financial organization in shape. Here are seven tips to bring you peace of mind 1.Fashion a filing system. It doesn’t matter whether you use a filing cabinet, an electronic system or both. The point is to organize […]

Should You Automate Your Parents’ Bill Paying?

Handwriting checks is time consuming. Many of us no longer write checks to pay our own bills. If you are helping a parent or an older loved-one with bill paying, he or she may be resistant to newer methods. Paper checks are familiar to many seniors and make them feel safe. Should you transition your […]

Simplify Your Loved One’s Bank Accounts

When Caroline began helping her mother with bill-paying, she was quickly overwhelmed. “I couldn’t believe the mess. Mom had four bank accounts and several credit cards,” she said. “There was no system to her bill paying.” In her late 80’s and suffering from macular degeneration, Caroline’s mother randomly paid bills from the first checkbook she […]

Finding Success in the Minefield of New Year’s (Money) Resolutions

2016! A new year with new possibilities. For many people, this is the time to resolve to spend less, save more, start budgeting, or live within their means. Reining in expenses is work, takes time, and can be tightly entwined with emotions. How can you make this resolution a success? Setting up a budget and […]