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Separate finances? How to combine when getting married

Issues related to money can be troubling and detrimental in many relationships, but many of the conflicts arising from money issues are avoidable if you address them effectively. Consider the items below as our suggested “to‑do list” as you or someone you know is starting to merge separate finances and while preparing for a future …

Retirement: not saving enough isn’t your only concern

You know when you want to retire and you’re laser-focused on saving to get there. However, retirement planning isn’t JUST about saving enough money. There are other factors you need to consider. Otherwise, it won’t matter how much you save if you don’t plan properly. The unexpected You may have already jotted down what you …

How to pay down debt, pursue financial freedom

The first step in pursuing financial freedom is getting your financial house in order and the first room to tackle is debt. Oftentimes with debt, you get very unfavorable interest rates. Credit card companies charge so much that it’s virtually impossible to make more money anywhere else. I can’t remember a situation where the first …

The dangers of generic money advice

Everyday we’re inundated with messages from the media about how to invest, how to save and what to do with our money. But is that advice best for your financial situation? Keep in mind, the media creates stories to get your attention so you’ll stay tuned through commercials or see ads online. All that glitters …

Millennials’ money habits

I think about Millennials all the time. I spend time reading and researching what they buy, how they spend and where they save. The reason to obsess over Millennial habits is to better understand the future direction of our economy here in the United States. Granted, the ability of Millennials to save and invest is …

The cost of parenting: kids vs adult children

Expecting parents walk into our office all the time consumed with the cost of raising their unborn child. They often ask how soon they can open up their college funding 529 account, and the best way to put money away each month. With each successive government report releasing data on total student loan indebtedness (now …

3 Steps to review your finances yearly

As we approach the holidays, this is the ideal time to reflect on your 2018 finances as well as create a focus for 2019. Reviewing how you performed financially this year can help you gain a greater understanding of what needs to happen for your finances in the year ahead. Cash flow This is the …

Smart money moves to make you happy

A question we ask ourselves and often hear does money really make someone happy? It is an old question, but an expectation we set that if you have more money you would be more satisfied with life. People have this assumption because they afford to do whatever they want and that automatically creates happiness. That …

Smart holiday spending strategies

The holiday countdown is on, which means the pressure is on to get your holiday shopping done. Shopping means spending and most people go into the holidays without a spending plan. You think you’re being smart by looking for sales and bargains, but you spend far more than you should. However, the holidays don’t have …

4 Major retirement pitfalls to avoid

People like to avoid talking about retirement. It’s a moment for many to become a real-life ostrich and bury their heads firmly in the sand. Why? They think retirement planning is a conversation that focuses on the end of your life, so they ignore it. However, it’s about how to best enjoy your life. To …