Category Archives: Retirement planning

America Saves Week – a little help with budgeting

If you have ever read one of my posts you know how I feel about following a budget. I believe in the concept, I can create a solid plan, but as soon as I see the limitations on my open … Continue reading

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A year to get clear

At the start of the New Year we all proudly wear badges of optimism, vowing to change our bad habits and adopt new ones. Health and fitness always seem to top the resolution charts, but over the past few years … Continue reading

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Making 2014 a financial turning point

There is ample evidence to show that most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it past the beginning of February (one of the latest pieces of research, from Gold’s Gym, named February 7 the Fitness Cliff — that’s the day when … Continue reading

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Have you really thought about what your retirement will look like?

I have a friend I’ve spoken about her many times before. She gave up her life here in North Carolina to take a job up north, so she could start taking actual steps towards her retirement dream of a building … Continue reading

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When do you qualify for old?

When do qualify for old? Is it based on age or attitude? My age still rounds down to 50, I certainly don’t feel old. Yet I remember when my parents were 50 and they seemed ancient. I do believe that … Continue reading

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Financial moves when you have a child later in life

The new trend among would-be parents: Waiting. We’re putting children off longer than ever before. Women in the US are becoming first-time mothers at an average age of 25, four years older than we were in 1970. And it seems … Continue reading

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Healthcare and retirement

Sometimes I feel that the more I learn about this phase of life traditionally referred to as “retirement”, the less confidence I have about realizing my hopes and dreams for this next phase of my life. I say that primarily … Continue reading

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Balancing other needs when there is a special needs child in the family

More than 20 million families in the US have at least one member who has special needs. Their daily lives can be especially draining – not to mention expensive. Lisa, whose son Will has autism, says that his school costs … Continue reading

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Playing to your own financial strengths

Who manages the finances at your house? You? Your spouse? Both? Neither? I remember when it dawned on me that – even in houses run by people who are more than financially astute, Wall Street types and business owners – … Continue reading

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Taking action isn’t always easy

Did your mother ever say to you should do something because “It’s good for you.” I know I’ve said that on more than a few occasions to my three kids. Whether it was “Eat your vegetables,” “Get some exercise” or … Continue reading

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