Category Archives: Planning for today

Financial spring cleaning checklist

Every year, at about this time, I do some spring cleaning — both of my home and my finances. I won’t bore you of the details of cleaning out my garage, but I will tell you that where my money … Continue reading

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4 ways to max out your retirement contributions

This year, the IRS has increased limits on 401(k) and other employer retirement accounts: Instead of the $17,500 employees could contribute in 2014, that limit has been bumped up to $18,000. Those 50 or older can contribute an extra $6,000, … Continue reading

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5 tips to help you be rational about a windfall

Whenever you receive a windfall, no matter what the source, there are a lot of emotions involved. That’s particularly true when we’re talking about an inheritance, which tends to come at a time when you’re grieving. As I’ve written in … Continue reading

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6 things to consider for child support

If you have kids, one of the most complicated aspects of a divorce is the part that pertains to them — namely, custody and child support arrangements. Each state has a method for calculating child support, based on a percentage … Continue reading

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4 tips for setting financial goals

It’s nice to think of the New Year as a fresh start, and while you can’t wipe the slate completely clean, turning the calendar page can give you the motivation you need to make some changes to your financial life. … Continue reading

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5 financial tips for women divorcing

It used to be that women were nearly automatically awarded alimony and full custody of the children in a divorce. Not many questions were asked. But these days, mothers are the breadwinners in 40% of households with children under age … Continue reading

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5 tips to keep the cost of moving down

Moving is costly; there’s very little way around it. But it is at times necessary, and at other times worth the investment — when you’re downsizing, for example, or moving for a job that comes with a salary increase. Most … Continue reading

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Less is more

Less is more, right? For the most part when we talk about money, we’re talking about being responsible: saving for retirement, planning college tuition for our kids (or hoping to be able to help them financially), or building a safety … Continue reading

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5 tips for how to prepare to sell your house during a relocation

When it comes time to put their homes on the market, many sellers these days are investing in a bit of home staging — a few new accessories or a fresh coat of (neutral) paint that help a house put … Continue reading

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Are you a spender or a saver?

Take the quiz and find out if you’re a spender or a saver! On a trip to the grocery store you: Have a meal plan in your hand. You only get the items on your list and buy generic brands … Continue reading

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