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Happy Thanksgiving!

We at Financial Finesse would like to wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!

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How to Make College More Affordable

We all know that education is a key element in achieving the financial hopes and dreams that we all have, but is it possible that college education is getting too expensive?  One of my colleagues calculated that when he started college at a public university in 1988, a student would have to work 34 hours a week at minimum wage to pay for a year of college.  At that same school today, a student would have to work 53 hours a week to pay their way. Read more

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When Planning Really Matters

Last week, a colleague of mine lost her best friend to cancer. She was one of those people whose presence made you feel at peace. She also was great at planning for the future.  Read more

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I’m Thankful For…

As a parent, I am constantly trying to instill an “attitude of gratitude” in our children and the best approach is to model this attitude as much as possible along life’s journey. I always try to devote time for regular prayer and meditation but I am also adding a simple but formal gratitude journal to the weekly routine. As a financial planner, I know that I could do much more to encourage others to do the same.  Read more

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How to Recover From a Credit Disaster

During one of my recent conversations with an employee, he was very disturbed by how much a bad credit score has impacted his life.He said that his credit score has caused his car insurance premiums to increase, he thinks it is hindering his job search (he may have a point because it is something that employers consider) and his girlfriend does not want to become his fiancée or wife until he shows significant progress in this area. So, he was very happy to have some ideas on how to make progress on repairing what was a very broken part of his financial life.   Read more

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Student Loan Repayments

My oldest child, Rachel, is a junior in high school, and while we enjoy having her around the house, we know that soon she’ll be looking into college. In case you haven’t looked lately, the average cost for a four-year in-state public institution is $9,139—and that’s just for tuition and fees! Over four years, that’s going to cost upwards of around $40,000. By itself that might not seem so bad, but when you consider that Rachel has three younger brothers, that price tag starts to look awfully daunting. Read more

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Fire Drill For The What Ifs​

A co-worker recently had a scare when her husband was admitted to the hospital for a possible heart attack. His family has a history of heart problems so she was terrified at the thought of her life without her best friend, having to explain to her children they’d lost their dad, and not spending the rest of her life with him. She shared with me all sorts of thoughts that started creeping into her head…all of the “what ifs.” (Luckily for her, his health problem was not severe, just early symptoms of diabetes, and his problems are treatable with lifestyle changes.) Read more

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How the IRS Can Help You Save More For Retirement in 2015

It has often been said that the only constant in life is change. As a parent, I find that change is both exciting and scary as heck because you never know what lies around the corner. This statement about anticipating change definitely remains true when the IRS is concerned.  Read more

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Be Long Term Careful

One of the questions I get asked frequently by people who are on track to retire is if they should buy long term care insurance (if they don’t already own it) or if they should cancel it (if they already own it).Lately, that has been a very difficult question to answer.  Companies that offer long term care insurance are raising premiums, sometimes very substantially, and there are no guarantees that they won’t go even higher in the future.  So if you are considering purchasing a LTC policy or cancelling your existing LTC policy, what are some things that you should factor into your decision? Read more

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