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How to Choose a Credit Card

There are many credit card offers available to us.  They come in the mail, reach out to us in advertising, and are on display at airport and store counters. We know people who have found the best credit card ever and think we should have it too. If you come across a credit card offer […]

Plan Now for the Holidays

It’s time to plan for the holidays. “Wait a minute,” you might think. ”School just started and Halloween hasn’t yet arrived! Why should I think about the holidays now?” Without planning, the holidays, which I will define as the period of time from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, can put financial strain on families. When unprepared […]

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. […]

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 […]