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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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Don’t Blink! College Will Be Here Before You Know It

This post was sponsored on behalf of Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). As always, all opinions remain 100% my own. I blinked. And Facebook kindly reminded me that our visit to her preschool… the one we made before we actually enrolled… really was 2 years ago. Her preschool graduation is in 2 weeks.  Just writing…

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Savvy Shopping with Groupon Coupons

This post has been compensated by Groupon Coupons. All opinions remain 100% my own. Financial savvy is not only about saving money.  It’s also about spending money wisely.  This month’s Financially Savvy Friday topic is Savvy Shopping.  To kick off the topic for the month, I’m going to give you the inside scoop on Groupon Coupons to save…

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Cutting the Cost of Cable

Last month, you made your budget, and (gasp) realized how much you actually spend! You might be thinking, I pay HOW MUCH for that?!? I know the first time I went through the exercise one line item that jumped off the spreadsheet for me was cable.  I remembered signing up for the ‘Triple Play’ to save all this money,…

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