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Retirement Isn’t All About The Numbers

Once in a while, usually during a long cold winter in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic area, my thoughts wander into a warmer place. I’ve joked that one of the requirements for my next home is that I have to be able to call the local Home Depot/Lowe’s and when I ask if they sell snow shovels, their answer MUST be… “NEVER!  Not a single day during the year do we sell snow shovels.” It was while discussing that philosophy with a friend that she pulled up this article on her phone to discuss her retirement dream. She would like to explore the world for a decade or so and then settle down in whatever place she feels like calling home. That sounds like a pretty cool lifestyle and one that a lot of people would love to experience.  Read more

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Would You Turn Down All 8 Ivy League Schools?

That’s what a high school senior named Ronald Nelson did to accept a free ride at the University of Alabama. While very few students will be in Nelson’s enviable position, many families will have to decide between a more expensive higher-ranked school and a lower-ranked but less expensive school. With both education and student loan debt increasingly important factors to many young people’s financial well-being, this is not always an easy decision to make. Here are some things to consider: Read more

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Should You Lease Or Buy Your Cell Phone?

Usually when someone is talking about leasing versus buying, they are talking about a car or real estate. However, have you ever stopped to consider that when it comes to choosing a cell phone provider, you might be making the exact same decision? You probably never thought of it this way, but when you sign a contract with any one of the major carriers, you are in essence leasing the phone.  Read more

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What Is Your Family Vision?

Okay, I am somewhat of a geek. One of my favorite channels is HGTV. I am fascinated by how they can turn a home that looks like something out of a horror movie into a dream home.  Read more

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Your 4 Week Financial Check-Up Challenge: Week 1

Live – Plan – Thrive!!! That is the simple and straightforward mantra that I use to explain the financial life planning process. When it comes to getting and keeping others engaged in the financial planning process, the biggest challenge isn’t usually related to financial knowledge. It’s a general lack of planning. As the old saying goes “people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” Read more

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The Non-Planner Perspective

I began paying rent when I was about 21 years old while living with a roommate.I was making pretty good money for my age and a couple of years later, decided it was time for my own space. Of course, with that, came more financial responsibility.  Read more

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Financial Education, Literacy, or Wellness?

I was talking with a friend recently who is a big fan of words and language, which could explain the presence of more bookshelves in her house than I’ve ever seen in anyone else’s house. We started talking about the language and words involved in my role at Financial Finesse. I’ve noticed an evolution in terminology during my 5 years here. There have been three terms that have been used a lot by our employees, our clients and in the general corporate environment. I see the terms evolving in the corporate workplace and a few members of our financial planning team discussed the evolution recently and found that the evolution of the terms aligns with the evolution in the way people process information. Read more

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The Best Laid Plans…

Let’s face it. No matter how perfectly you plan your expenses, life will always throw you those unexpected curveballs that could wreak havoc on even the best of budgets. After all, it’s impossible to account for everything that could possibly happen to your life. I’m not just talking about the real emergencies like a broken car you need to get to work. There are also things like weddings to attend and your kid’s piano lessons…not exactly “emergencies” but not quite frivolous spending either. Here are some ways to prevent these expenses from derailing your financial plans: Read more

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Always Read the Fine Print

Last month was my son David’s 15th birthday. For years, he has been asking for a cell phone, and now that he is a freshman in high school, has maintained good grades, and has shown at least some level of responsibility, his mother and I decided he was ready. I agreed to add David to our cell phone plan on one condition: that he buys his own phone. (Susan and I have found that the kids are more likely to take care of their devices when the cost to purchase it comes out of their own pocket.)  Read more

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How Divorce Affects Your Social Security Benefits

If you are divorced and were married for 10 years or longer, did you know you may be eligible for an ex-spousal Social Security benefit? Every time I say this I am amazed at the shocked expressions on people’s faces. Then I typically get the following questions: Read more

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