Category Archives: Looking ahead

Choosing a 529 college savings plan

It’s no secret that college costs are rising at an alarming rate. And it’s not only the cost of tuition, but book fees, housing, meal plans, etc, etc, that are also growing. So being myopic in terms of saving for … Continue reading

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Saving for College: how to get started

Most parents know that saving for college is a top financial priority for the family. But when do you start scraping that money together? When you find out you’re expecting? Once the baby is here? At age one, five, or … Continue reading

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Tending to Your Financial Plan

Have you ever noticed how tending to your financial plan is a lot like tending to your garden? I have been in my new home for a few years now and I’ve worked really hard to make it a place … Continue reading

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5 tips for juggling financial priorities

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to managing your money is juggling financial priorities: Should you save for your own future or college for your kids? Put money in an emergency fund or pad your 401(k)? Pay down … Continue reading

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Start Saving for Retirement Early

It seems patronizing to say that young workers have to start saving for retirement early, but is it? Retirement sits on the shoulders of today’s adults like no previous generation. Our grandparents and some of our parents not only had … Continue reading

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Return on College Investment

It’s a given that earning power is higher with a college degree. Yet, depending on the career path, the return on a college investment can look attractive or a bit iffy. We have three kids in college right now. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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My 40th high school reunion: reflecting on the passage of time

What a difference a significant passage of time can make! I recently attended my 40th high school reunion – the last one I went to was my 20th, and there’s a lot that happens in a 20 year span. While … Continue reading

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Building your nest egg in case of getting laid off

There’s nothing fun about getting laid off, particularly these days when the amount of time it takes to find the next job is still way above historical averages. But if it this financial setback has to happen, you’re best off … Continue reading

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Do you have adequate insurance?

Plan for the worst, hope for the best. Sage advice for all of us on many fronts, yet, planning for the worst is not how I am wired. I am optimistic by nature and use the glass is half full … Continue reading

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Costs of raising a child

The Wall Street Journal recently reported a decline – fairly steep by historical standards – in the number of women having babies in the US. From 2007 to 2010 (the figures for 2011 aren’t quite cooked yet) the number of … Continue reading

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