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Put the personal in personal finance

One of my favorite Money Rules is Money Rule #1: Personal finance is more personal than it is finance. I wish I could take credit for it — as I wrote in the book, it comes from financial planner Tim … Continue reading

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Love and money

I’m not going to pretend money is romantic. But many of the things you can do with money are romantic: The average person will spend close to $131 on Valentine’s Day, taking their loved one out to dinner, on a … 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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When to step in and takeover your parents finances

According to research from the Indiana University School of Medicine, about a quarter of people age 65 or older have at least slight cognitive impairment. For many adult children of this group, the stat brings up an important question: When … 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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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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Getting back to budgeting

No matter what your goal, it’s generally easy to get the motivation to start. You can eat healthy the first day of your diet, no problem. You’re in the gym bright and early the day after you sign up. And … 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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