Tag Archives: costs

Are you comparing yourselves to others?

Be honest: How often do compare yourself to others? Maybe it’s something small, like the fact that the neighbor had his or her front porch painted and now yours looks shabby in comparison. Or a co-worker got a few new … Continue reading

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Preteen money moment

Several weeks ago I was balancing a work day with taking care of my 10-year-old who was not in school at the time and my partner was caring for her mother. So, the day started with my daughter enjoying my … Continue reading

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Teaching kids the meaning of enough

According to a recent study by Bridgewater State University , one-fifth of third graders now have cell phones. That’s just at the youngest extreme – 83% of kids in middle school are dialed in. Whether we like it or not, … Continue reading

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Learning to appreciate the small stuff

One thing we’ve learned over the past five-odd years – roughly the length of the economic downturn – is how to cut back. Some people cut back because they lost jobs or didn’t get expected raises or bonuses. Others cut … 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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The price of priceless memories

The summer of 2013 was an amazing one of new travels and milestones. As our family is intentionally shifting our investments from “things” to “experiences” we learned much on our journeys this summer. So, what does the typical American household … Continue reading

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Living so that a layoff doesn’t mean panic

There’s nothing fun about a layoff, particularly these days when the amount of time it takes to find the next job is still way above historical averages. But if it has to happen, you’re best off if – like Carolyn … Continue reading

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The cost of keeping an aging parent at home

It’s a very common wish: To age at home, rather than in a nursing home or other facility for seniors. I know it’s what my mother hopes for herself (we’ve talked about it) and when I think decades down the … Continue reading

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ROI on College

We have three kids in college right now. Fortunately, we have saved diligently for this and two of three were fortunate enough to get scholarships that help bring down the price tag a bit. College is a big investment and … Continue reading

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