How to Make a Bad Financial Situation Worse for Your Family

10/19/2012
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How to Make a Bad Financial Situation Worse for Your Family

I’ve seen the enemy and the enemy is me. There is no corner of our everyday lives where this rings truer than our own family finances. Struggling to balance your family’s checkbook can arise from tragedy or the climax of poor decision making, but more often than not, difficult situations become dire by our...

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Is the Water Closet the New Water Cooler and Top Ten Family Finance Posts

10/10/2012
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Is the Water Closet the New Water Cooler and Top Ten Family Finance Posts

For decades the water cooler has been the official hub for office putzing. Every Monday, it becomes the background for thorough analysis on the previous day’s football game, complete recaps on everyone’s favorite reality TV show and of course, the latest news off of the office grape vine. However, the porcelain gods are now...

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How Much Does the Average Family Spend on Halloween 2012?

10/08/2012
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How Much Does the Average Family Spend on Halloween 2012?

We’ve come along way over the centuries. Back in ancient Celtic times Halloween was all about sacrifice (I’ll leave it at that). These days Halloween is all about giving; dolling out goodies and perhaps a few friendly freights. The National Retail Federation reports that the average family is planning on spending more money than...

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Buying a House is definitely an Asset for Your Family

10/05/2012
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Buying a House is definitely an Asset for Your Family

Despite what Yahoo readers think, I’m an ardent proponent of owning a home. In fact, I’m willing to take Rich Dad, Poor Dad to task over the subject, because buying a home is definitely an asset, not a liability. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Robert Kiyosaki wrote the bestselling book, Rich Dad,...

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Which Families Lost the Most Wealth in the Great Recession?

09/28/2012
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Which Families Lost the Most Wealth in the Great Recession?

Sometimes it’s good to be a loser. Losing weight is considered positive. Losing all of your debt is never a bad idea. Can we all agree that involuntarily losing your wealth is a bad thing? The wake of the Great Recession washed away a great deal of family wealth. According to the St. Louis...

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How to Send Money to Your Grandchild/Niece/Nephew’s New York 529 Plan as a Gift

09/21/2012
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How to Send Money to Your Grandchild/Niece/Nephew’s New York 529 Plan as a Gift

Don’t you hate how Christmas shopping is coming earlier and earlier? I’ll forgive you for answering “Yes,” because I’m already planning gifts and coming up with wish lists for my two pre-preschool aged accountants. This year I’m planning something special for Little Girl and Little Guy; I’m adding NY 529 plan gifting to their...

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Yes. Parents Should Open a 529 Plan for Their Children

09/19/2012
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Yes. Parents Should Open a 529 Plan for Their Children

The perfect is the enemy of the good. For a long time, the perfect kept me from opening a 529 account. I struggled with my reservations and uncertainties about making that type of commitment. College for my children seems so far away and 529 Plan was far, far down my list of financial imperatives....

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What Unexpected Places Have You Found Great Deals and Top Ten Family Finance Posts

09/17/2012
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What Unexpected Places Have You Found Great Deals and Top Ten Family Finance Posts

Here’s the best gym membership rate ever; $10 for 15 visits. At most I’d work out 5 times a week, which would make it my monthly cost, $13.33. I pay per visit, not weekly or monthly. If I skip a week, I don’t lose anything. I found this deal at a small Christian college...

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You Aren’t Trying to Copy From Your Co-Worker’s 401k Are You?

09/14/2012
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You Aren’t Trying to Copy From Your Co-Worker’s 401k Are You?

I just finished reading “Most Common Investment Mistakes for Beginners” and it’s the umpteenth iteration I’ve read online. It’s become a hobby of mine to read these posts and see if an author will finally mention the big 401k elephant sitting around the cubicle farm, but I’m always disappointed. I suppose that it’s up...

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Your Net Worth Is Lying to You; Don’t Let Your Family Be Fooled!

09/12/2012
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Your Net Worth Is Lying to You; Don’t Let Your Family Be Fooled!

I like to kick-off my posts with a bit of excitement. What could be more exciting than a race? Three men, Mr. Income Over-Achiever, Mr. Frugalista and Mr. Procrastination want to race $100,000 for a year to see who earns the greatest net worth. So they all go to the local 7/11 and pick...

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