We were chattering away on our drive to school when I asked my oldest son about Boy Scout summer camp. “So, do you want to go this year? Sign-ups are now, so we need to decide.” “Mom, are you and dad spending too much money on our activities?” Uh-oh. “What do you mean?” “Well, I […]
My husband and I had been married for almost four years before we had our first serious financial A-ha moment. We had already bought a house, paid off our student loans and were socking away a small stash into our respective retirement accounts. If I had to compare ourselves to most young couples, I would […]
I pride myself on doing the right thing – or at least trying to do the right thing. I make mistakes, everyone does, but I do try to make smart choices. Financially, this translates into saving for the future – retirement and college accounts, paying off the mortgage, ensuring we have an emergency stash if […]
There are zillions of things we need to teach our kids, right? How to dress and eat and tie shoes and brush teeth. And then there are the values we want to instill – like respect, being a good friend, serving others, working hard. Let’s not forget those ABC’s and counting and building projects for […]
Did you know April is Financial Literacy Month? I know, I know. There is a month or day for everything, but this is a topic I think we should all focus on as individuals and parents. I work for a large financial services company, so I suppose I have benefited from learning a lot of […]
Given I work in the financial services space, I am acutely aware of the lack of knowledge consumers have when it comes to managing their money. I’ve talked to college grads from some of the greatest schools in our country, yet when it comes to knowing how to buy a car, they know nothing. It’s […]
Reporters, economists, politicians … even a few businesses are starting to hint that the “Great Recession” might be coming to a close. Alleluia! Sure, unemployment is still at record highs, home prices are in the tank and consumer confidence is shaky, but there just might be a recovery on the horizon.