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Managing Money in Retirement

No matter how much you have saved, managing money in retirement is critically important. Let's talk about how to make your Social Security and pension money last longer.

2 weeks ago

Are You Guilty of Financial Infidelity?

A 2023 survey done by bankrate.com found that nearly 40% of respondents are committing some kind of financial infidelity on their partners. And although the younger generations seem to have a higher incidence of this, no generation is immune…

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2 weeks ago

Money and Remarriage: How to Navigate Divided Loyalties and Shadows from Previous Relationships

If you thought dealing with money issues can be tricky in a marriage, it’s way more difficult in a remarriage. In a marriage, you have two people from different backgrounds with different approaches to money…

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3 weeks ago

The Loving Thought of Financial Fidelity

This is the time of year we focus on those we love. Children share valentines in school, heart-shaped boxes full of candy disappear from the shelves, florists run out of red roses, and jewelry stores appeal to lovers of any age. There is a special focus…

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4 weeks ago

Let’s Talk About PLESA

Are you one of 63% of workers who cannot cover a $500 emergency expense? Effective January 1, 2024, help may come from your employer in the form of a PLESA which was created by the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022. PLESA stands for pension-linked…

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1 month ago

“Planuary” a Better Approach to the New Year?

Are you sick of it yet… all the tips and tricks for making New Year’s Resolutions? And at the same time, all of the depressing stats on how quickly we fail (by mid-January!) at keeping those resolutions? Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan…

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2 months ago

How to Make Your Savings Stick Around a Bit

Regardless of your income, it can be difficult to build savings. We all know we should be building savings and not just using it for any purpose, but we haven’t really been told how to do that.
Just expecting yourself to automatically build savings is not enough…

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3 months ago

When Not to Give Money to Family

There is a wonderful kind of privilege that comes with working hard for the last three or four decades… Savings are finally growing, the debt and/or mortgage is being paid down, and finally it feels like we can breathe just a little and enjoy life!

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3 months ago

Are Your Conversations About Money Making You Unhappy?

Lately I have become acutely sensitive to the amount of time we spend talking about money in our everyday life. “I love your sweater.” “Oh thank you. I got it on sale for $19, can you believe it? It cost $149.00 originally.”

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4 months ago

Spending Less on Holidays Without Feeling Restricted

Well, it’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about holiday shopping. Sure, every year we tell ourselves we’re going to spend less, but we end up spending more, or worse, having no idea how much we spent!

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5 months ago

What Advice Would You Give Your 20-Year-Old Self?

This year, our daughter got us started on writing the answers to some questions about our lives through a program called “Storyworth.” I know there are several versions of this service out there but basically, you get email questions weekly…

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