How To Save Up For Your First Child

Published on Oct 04 2013 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
How To Save Up For Your First Child
Everyone is always saying that kids are so very expensive. While I realize that estimates for raising a child from infant to adult are a few hundred thousand dollars, I feel like many parents overestimate the cost of what they will need when they have infants. There is just so much “stuff”...

Time Is Money So Invest It Wisely

Published on Sep 13 2013 // Finance Life Stages
Time Is Money So Invest It Wisely
If there’s one thing that everyone should invest in, it’s time. We’re constantly running around, jumping to the next task, trying to find the next opportunity, and never taking the time to stop and smell the roses. I’m guilty of this too. Right now, I come home after work and...

Are You Financially Prepared for Death?

Published on Jul 19 2013 // Finance Life Stages
Thinking about dying is…well, it’s morbid. But let’s face it: everybody dies. And while a lot of people may think about what or how they want their funeral to go, many people don’t think about the financial aspects of dying. How much does it actually cost to die? According to the National Funeral...

The $3,000 Wedding: How We Did It

Published on May 30 2013 // Budgeting, Finance Life Stages
When my husband and I had the crazy idea to plan a wedding in three weeks, the only thing we knew for sure was that we were flat broke. I probably had a few thousand in savings and my husband had none. We were broke and in love and hell bent on getting married. An elopement wasn’t an option for us...

Getting Your Finances in Order Before You Have a Baby

Published on Apr 25 2013 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
As I start to approach 30, the idea of starting a family has been a reoccurring topic in our household. Of course, all the inevitable questions start to pop up as we prepare for this new stage of our life: Are we financially stable? Are we emotionally ready? Can we afford it? How much will a baby add...

Paying Off Debt Vs. Saving: How do you decide?

Published on Oct 23 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Savings
Paying Off Debt Vs. Saving: How do you decide?
For those that have graduated college in the past five-ten years, chances are you’re still paying off student loans. Six years after college, and I am still faced with approximately $20,000 in loans, even though I’ve already paid down more than $10,000. I often wonder how people my age, the...

Filing for Bankruptcy in Retirement – What You Should Know

Published on Oct 08 2012 // Debt, Finance 101, Finance Life Stages, Retirement
Filing for Bankruptcy in Retirement – What You Should Know
When you picture who typically files for bankruptcy, you may envision people in their 20′s who spent recklessly or people in middle age who suffered job loss or high medical bills that made their debt soar out of control.  Likely the last image in your mind is senior citizens, but surprisingly,...

5 Sources of Retirement Income

Published on Sep 27 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Popular, Retirement
5 Sources of Retirement Income
When you retire, it becomes important to have reliable sources of income. As many people found out during the recession following the financial crisis, relying solely on what’s in your retirement investment account can be a scary thing. And, while Social Security is around for now, what happens...

Supporting Your Spouse Through School

Published on Sep 07 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
Supporting Your Spouse Through School
As someone who has been the primary breadwinner throughout our marriage, I am facing a new hurdle. Supporting my spouse through school, both emotionally and financially. I often wonder how other couples handle a situation when it seems to be so one-sided for such a long period of time. Back when I was...

3 Places People Flock to Retire

3 Places People Flock to Retire
When my grandparents retired 40 years ago, many retirees headed to Florida or Arizona.  Those are still popular destinations, but today’s retirees have many more options to choose from.  As retirees change, so to do their choice of retirement options. If you have your sights on retirement in the...

Following Your Passion: Is it worth it?

Published on Aug 16 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
Following Your Passion: Is it worth it?
It seems that from every nook of the internet, the voices of Generation X echo: “Follow your passion.” Don’t get swept up in a desk job, don’t settle, find something that makes you feel alive. The best stories of success involve multi-millionaires working from home–or even...

Career vs. Family: The Pressure to Have it All

Published on Jul 26 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
Career vs. Family: The Pressure to Have it All
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how far women have come and how far we have yet to go.  On the one hand, women are now having full-fledged careers and are seeing opportunities not available to our grandmothers 50 some years ago. On the other hand, we seem to be more stressed than ever,...

Choosing the right student loans

Published on Jul 21 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Loans, Personal Finance
Choosing the right student loans
This fall, my husband and I will both be going back to school. I’ll be working on getting my Master’s of Public Administration while my husband will be finishing his bachelor’s degree. Making this decision has led to the big question: How do we choose which student loans are right for...

How to Make a Financial Plan and Stick to It

Published on Jul 21 2012 // Finance 101, Finance Life Stages, Supporter
How to Make a Financial Plan and Stick to It
Does your money seem to just slip right through your fingers? If so, you are not alone.  Between the economy and the high cost of goods as well as our consumer driven American culture, getting ahead financially can seem difficult. However, the best way to grow your wealth is to make a financial plan...

When women make more money than their husbands

Published on Jul 12 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
When women make more money than their husbands
I make more money than my husband. And according to 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, I’m not alone. Almost 40 percent of U.S. working wives are out-earning their husbands.But what happens to the dynamics in a marriage when a wife makes more money than her husband? For years, it’s...

Listen up, Women: Take Control of Your Own Finances

Published on Jul 09 2012 // Finance Life Stages, Personal Finance
Listen up, Women: Take Control of Your Own Finances
Where do women learn about money? Some are fortunate to understand the value of a dollar from their parents. Others gleam words of wisdom from the media and personal finance experts. But all too often, we’re sheltered from finances and stumble along the way as we try to learn how to manage our...
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