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Category Archives: Saving Money

Teach Your Kids About Money: Advice from an 18-Year-Old

When thinking about a blog topic for this month, I decided to focus on April 20th, National Teach Children to Save Day. As I began to write, it occurred to me I should consult my in-house expert, my daughter, Gabriella. She, after all, has been the recipient of her parents’ attempt to teach her financial […]

Buy Yourself Some Happiness

Money can’t buy you happiness, the old saying goes. But, maybe it can. Many studies have found money can create some happiness – depending on how you spend it.  Purchasing physical things for ourselves isn’t the ticket.  Any good feelings from the purchase wear off quickly, and we are left with just more stuff. To […]

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. […]

Mind Over Money: Fascinating Insights Into the Psychology of Money

When your friends do a favor for you, should you pay them? When choosing a pain reliever, should you buy a name brand or the generic? If you are working as a waiter, how can you get a bigger tip? These questions are examined in Claudia Hammond’s book, Mind Over Money, The psychology of Money […]

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 […]

Too Good to Be True: The Bill Paying Scam

Just as I completed my last blog about protecting yourself against scams, I came across this warning from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):  The FTC warns con artists are targeting church communities with a bill paying scam. Since assisting clients with bill paying is one of my services, I was greatly concerned. The FTC says […]

Protect Yourself from Scams: Stop and Think

If scamming people wasn’t so profitable, there wouldn’t be so many con artists tricking people out of their money. There are many types of scams. Here are three which recently happened in my world: 1. My mother answered the phone to this greeting: “Hi Grandma, I’m in Florida to attend a funeral.” Evidently my child […]

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 […]