Do you struggle with finances? Are you contemplating going back to work or seeking a pay raise to help pay the bills? Do you miss those pre-kids’ days with expendable income? I know a number of families in this situation.
After the lazy days of summer, the Fall is often a time of renewed focus on planning and project completion before year-end. To that end, if getting serious about saving for your kids’ college is one of your projects, there are several different account types to consider.
Private schools are a wonderful part of our education system. Families choose to send their children to private schools for many reasons: lack of good public schools in their area, adherence to a particular educational or religious philosophy, better support for special needs children or a desire to replicate their educational background, as well as a belief that a particular private school might provide their child a superior educational experience.
There are many skills we need to teach our kids to be successful in life. Quite a few of them relate to money – how to create a budget, how to save for the future, delayed gratification, how to know the value of a dollar. One of the most important life skills that relates to money is how to distinguish between needs and wants.
Once my son’s savings piggy bank accumulated a fair amount, it had been my plan to take him to a local bank to open a passbook savings account, so he could experience opening an account, have tangible evidence of his money and watch it grow. I recently began the search for a passbook savings account and came to the realization that this type of account has gone the way of the Dodo bird.
One of the most divisive issues in couples’ relationships is money, so what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to sit down with your loved one and talk about money in a calm, relaxed setting?
The holiday season tends to be a season when we feel more charitable towards our fellow human beings. It is also a great time of year to teach young children about giving back. Opportunities abound to drive this lesson home.
The holiday season is upon us. This time of year can be filled with lots of fun activities and positive emotions. However, it can also be a stressful time for many, running from one party to the next, trying to get it all done in time and wondering how you are going to pay for it all.
As a financial planner, I often get asked by friends for advice on choosing a financial advisor. I thought I’d share a few resources with others who might be on the hunt for a financial advisor.
I recently conducted some research on 529 plans while deciding which plan to open for my daughter. I had chosen Utah’s 529 plan a few years back for my son, but wanted to make sure it was still one of the best choices given the market challenges of the past couple of years.