Financial Wellness @ Work

The Only Extended Warranties I Usually Buy

I am not normally a fan of extended warranties on many things.I once worked with someone who owned car dealerships and in discussing their business, I learned that the extended warranties have very high profit margins so the consumer in me said “if the profit margins are that high, they probably aren’t a good deal for me as a buyer.” I usually opt out of the warranties on relatively durable goods like a car, washer/dryer, microwave, etc. So far, it hasn’t come back to bite me (so far…). However, I do give consideration to buying the warranty on less durable things, like electronics (laptops, TVs, etc).  Read more

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How Many Toys Is Enough?

My neighbor down the street is selling his camper, and so my wife walks in the house the other day and says, “Honey, did you see the camper for sale down the street?” Now I love to camp, and to be quite honest, I was stunned she even asked the question. First of all, we already have a boat, and second, she’s not really a big fan of camping. To me, camping is about “roughing” it, but for my wife, she likes to “pamp,” (which is a word my friend made up that describes people who want to be pampered when they camp—thus the name). Read more

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3 Reasons You Probably Don’t Save Enough

Whether your main financial goal is to pay off debt, buy a home, or retire comfortably, chances are that saving money will be instrumental to achieving it. Yet too many of us just aren’t saving enough. Why is that? The following are the three main culprits I’ve found and what to do about them: Read more

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Getting Rid Of Your Cell Phone? Wipe It Clean First

Cell phones have become so common in our world today that we forget how much sensitive information is contained on these innocuous devices. Such information in the wrong hands could give an unscrupulous person access to private information, including links and passwords to financial accounts and statements. I recently switched cell phone providers to reduce my cost and increase my coverage and reliability, but I was not prepared to make sure the data that had accumulated on my old phone was cleared out before passing it on to the next user. Read more

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Don’t Let Car Problems Wreck Your Finances

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you had to dip into your savings account or worse, pull out that credit card that you just paid off and use it for sudden car problems? When my husband and I were struggling financially, there were few areas in our finances that brought us to our knees the way that a potential car problem did. As my husband and I were reminiscing (really shuddering), he told me that if he had to talk to a couple struggling to manage their finances and their cars the following is what he would tell them: 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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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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Eating Healthy On A Budget

Okay, I will admit it. I am a little bit of a health nut. I love to run, do obstacle races, and do CrossFit and decided to also do the Insanity videos because I felt I needed a little something extra. My husband just looks at me, shakes his head, and loves me enough to give me the Epson salt when he sees me struggling to get off the couch – without commentary. Now that is true love. Read more

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Don’t Pay For Free Stuff

I was walking down a long pier with my kids not too long ago and there was a big splash off to our left.I jokingly yelled “Free Willy” and my kids looked at me like I was having some type of out-of-body experience. They had no idea what I was talking about since the movie was made well before any of them were born, and while they’ve seen nearly every Disney and Pixar movie made since their birth, I guess they missed some of the older ones. They know way more about “Finding Nemo” than “Free Willy.”   Read more

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Lessons From A Move

One of our financial planners, Daphne Winston, moved recently. She and I were on the phone as she was flying to her settlement and then we talked again shortly after. A few days went by without us touching base so I sent her a message asking how the move was going and she said that she was NEVER going to move again!  I asked her to put her thoughts into words for the blog and here’s what she sent to me: Read more

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