Teaching Money Skills Essential For 21st Century

For our ancestors, even as recently as the 19th Century in many places, survival skills were hands-on. If you didn’t know how to build a house, farm, hunt, butcher animals, sew, and cook, you couldn’t provide well for your family. Money skills were largely...

How Healthy Life Habits Can Save You Money

Is maintaining good physical health a worthwhile investment? The statistics suggest that in the long run, poor health will cost far more than the money or time it takes to maintain good health. Most of us might say we agree with this conclusion, but our behaviors say...

Why We Avoid Getting Advice From Financial Professionals

One in four Americans didn’t get a routine medical checkup in 2019, and 3.3 million Americans have never had a regular checkup. These alarming statistics were presented in a March 18, 2020, Business Insider article by Zoe Ettinger. The flipside of these numbers—which...

Avoid “Emergency Room” Financial Planning

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most of us are familiar with this tidbit of immense wisdom. That doesn’t necessarily mean we follow it when it comes to either our physical or our financial health. According to a Modern Healthcare...

Common Retirement Money Mistakes

One of my retired clients is fond of telling me, “Growing old is not for the faint of heart.” As we age, it becomes increasingly important for us to have a support system that will advocate for us, or “have our back.” Putting such a support...

“Shoulds” Can Block Saving For Emergency Fund

For many Americans, one painful lesson of 2020 has been a first-hand demonstration of the importance of having an emergency fund. Yet knowing such a reserve matters is a far cry from creating one. According to BankRate, 72% of Americans don’t have an emergency fund...