Financial Wellness @ Work

Your House Needs a Vacation Too

With summer coming to a close, have you planned your last vacation of the season?  As you pack your bags and finalize your itinerary, make sure to plan a holiday for your home as well. Specifically, give your home a rest regarding the electric use when you are away.  Here are four tips on how: Read more

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We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore! (Part 2)

Last week, I shared with you how cancellation policies can intimidate you into not asking for a refund when you do not intend on using a prepaid service. Another policy that drives me nuts and may be intimidating consumers into settling for less is the policy that it’s okay to offer better options to new customers only. Since when is it okay to treat new friends better than old onesRead more

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Student Loan Debt a Major Threat

I read this article about student loan debt resulting in a portion of a man’s Social Security income being garnished. In the article, not only is the garnishment discussed but also discussed is the growing trend of older Americans still having outstanding student loan debt. If that debt is not repaid prior to retirement, Social Security payments may be impacted and the retirement lifestyle that you’re expecting may come up short. It reminded me of a couple of situations I’ve encountered in coaching sessions recently where student loan debt became a central part of the conversation. Read more

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We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore! (Part 1)

One thing my daughter and I share in common is our affinity for 80’s rock music. From Def Leppard to Duran Duran, she loves the classics and one of her all-time favorite 80’s songs is Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It.  This song—an anthem for my generation—has inspired my attitude about many things, including money. In our current culture, we are conditioned to accept the financial policies of businesses without question but since when were we here to serve businesses instead of businesses serving us?  There’s a lot of competition out there for our money so when it comes to silly financial policies, maybe it’s time we STOP taking it! Read more

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Does Your Summer Include a Sales Tax Holiday?

I’m lucky to be only a 20 minute drive from the Delaware line, which is known for tax-free shopping all year long. Whenever I need to make a big purchase, I head out of Pennsylvania to avoid the 6% sales tax.  If you live in a state that has a high sales tax, you may not have that option.   Read more

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Would You Rent a Stranger’s Bedroom on Vacation?

Have any remaining travel plans before the end of the summer? You may have noticed that with gas prices and airfare on the rise, travel can be quite expensive. I’ve written previously about using ride sharing services like Uber or Lyft to save on short distance trips but the same sharing concept can be applied to longer, overnight trips with services like AirbnbRead more

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Getting the Best Value for Foreign Currency Exchange

As I walked through the airport a few weeks ago, the Travelex Currency Exchange booth caught my eye and gave me a great idea.  For a bon voyage for my stepson’s upcoming trip to Austria, I decided to get him some euros for pocket money so I checked out the rates. At the airport, 1 USD=0.6610 EUR but I wondered whether there might be an extra cost for the convenience of travelers getting euros at the airport.   Read more

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Simple Ways to Save Money and Lose Weight at the Same Time

We’re a little past halfway through the year so now’s as good a time as any to check in on how those New Year’s Resolutions are going. If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance your resolutions involved losing weight, saving money, or both. Well, here are some simple ways to do both at the same time. Read more

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Traveling with Kids – 10 to Be Exact

My colleague, Rich, recently returned from a family road trip where he visited eight states from as far west as CO, as far south as NC, and as far north as upstate NY.  He and his family went to four Six Flags parks, three beaches, and three tourist sites and still had time for visiting family both immediate and extended. The amazing part: he did all this in 18 days…with 10 children and for less than $400 each!  Read more

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Tipping Point – Could Restaurants Be Your Budget Solution?

One of the “hot button” issues in my personal budget is dining out.  If there’s one area where I overspend occasionally, it’s this area.  I live a pretty nice lifestyle and am fairly frugal but I do like the experience of going out to eat periodically.  I know I’m not alone because in my consultations with people, this is quite often brought up as an area where they can shave expenses and get a bit more fiscally responsible with their funds.  Read more

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