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10 Things to Know About A Stock (Before You Buy One)

When you talk about investing, the first thing everyone thinks about is buying stocks. There’s a lot more available out there when it comes to investing, but… Here’s a little Investing in Stocks 101, with the 10 things every person should know about a stock BEFORE you buy one. Whenever I talk about investing, I…

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How to Protect Your Children: 10 Things to Know About Will vs Estate Planning

No one likes to think about their own mortality. However, once you have children who depend on you, it becomes essential. If something happens to you, what will happen to them? How do you make sure they are protected and financially provided for? I was recently asked about wills during a weekly Ask Me Anything…

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The Ultimate Guide to Finance for Baby’s First Year

Congratulations, your precious baby is finally here. Now the real fun begins! While you may have purchased everything on your baby registry list, there are many family legal and financial tasks you cannot actually begin until your baby arrives, and some come with significant time sensitivity. So even if you’ve been preparing for a baby financially…

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How Much Money Should I Save for Retirement

Once your budget is under control, the next most common question I get is “How much should I save for retirement?” Our retirement plan is likely to look a lot different than it did for our grandparents, and even our parents… and most of us aren’t saving nearly enough!

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Do You Really Need Life Insurance?

Before kids, most parents never even gave life insurance a thought. Most of us don’t like to dwell on our own mortality… especially when celebrating a new life, the birth of a child! But when you have a new baby, that’s exactly when you should be thinking about it most. It’s what life insurance for parents is for – to protect your family financially when faced with the loss of you or your spouse. So what exactly is life insurance? How does it work?

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6 Gift Giving Ideas for Holiday Savings

We can’t play Santa to everyone during the holidays.  While our shopping list might seem as long as his, we don’t have unlimited funds, an army of elves, and a workshop in the North Pole cranking gifts out all year.  From extended family and friends, to teachers, neighbors and co-workers, the list to buy for seems…

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Tips to Holiday Savings – Part 1

 I received complimentary product from Burt’s Bees Baby to facilitate my review.  All opinions presented are 100% my own. #BurtsBeesBaby #Holiday Holiday savings sounds like an oxymoron, right?  But the holidays don’t have to be a budget breaking extravaganza.  Today’s Financially Savvy Friday post is the first in a multi-week series featuring holiday savings tips to celebrate…

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