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How to Deal with the High Cost of Children’s Sports

Football, baseball, and hockey are among the most expensive sports to enroll your kids in. Photo: Brian McDermott After much thought and consideration, my husband and I decided that it is finally time to get our kids started in a few sports and activities this year. […]

Inspiration from Van Gogh, Future Jobs, Teddy Roosevelt, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh This has always been one of my favorite paintings. For years, I kept a poster of it on my bedroom wall above my bed so that I could gaze at it each night before I fell asleep. […]

Inspiration from Van Gogh, Future Jobs, Teddy Roosevelt, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. Starry Night – Vincent van Gogh This has always been one of my favorite paintings. For years, I kept a poster of it on my bedroom wall above my bed so that I could gaze at it each night before I fell asleep. […]

13 Perks to Take Advantage of in College

Don’t miss out on college perks like your school’s gym, career fairs, student discounts, and free concerts. Photo: James Lee Not to alarm you, but college is going to cost you a lot of money. Okay, so it’s no shocker that college and money go hand-in-hand. And you’ve probably already accepted that college is going to cost you a nice chunk of change. […]

13 Perks to Take Advantage of in College

Don’t miss out on college perks like your school’s gym, career fairs, student discounts, and free concerts. Photo: James Lee Not to alarm you, but college is going to cost you a lot of money. Okay, so it’s no shocker that college and money go hand-in-hand. And you’ve probably already accepted that college is going to cost you a nice chunk of change. […]

The Gradual Savings Strategy

When the time arrives to sign up for a retirement plan at work or open a Roth IRA, people are pulled in two different directions. On the one hand, it’s very obvious that in the long term, saving for retirement is far superior to not saving for retirement. […]

The Gradual Savings Strategy

When the time arrives to sign up for a retirement plan at work or open a Roth IRA, people are pulled in two different directions. On the one hand, it’s very obvious that in the long term, saving for retirement is far superior to not saving for retirement. […]

The True Cost of Debt

The cost of debt goes beyond the interest you pay. It can delay your retirement, and even limit your choices in life. Photo: Kenny Louie By Doug Hoyes Everyone knows that they have to pay interest when they take out a loan. It’s the price we pay to use someone else’s money to purchase something we don’t have the cash for today. […]

Student Loan Consolidation: Pros and Cons

Combining all of your student loans into one may not taste as good as one-pot chili, but it could make your monthly payment easier to swallow. Photo: Jo Graduating from college comes with the acknowledgement of great achievement — and, if you’re like 70% of graduates, a burden on your back in the form of student loan debt. The average college grad leaves school with $40,000 worth of debt. […]

How to Maximize Your Meal Planning Dollars with Bulk Buying

Sammi writes in: I really loved your article about meal planning for busy families. My husband and I have adopted this strategy and have been using it for about two months and our food costs have gone down a lot! The only challenge we have is how to incorporate bulk buying into it. […]