An HSA Mid-Year Update (When Things Don’t Go As Planned)

by Julie June 17, 2014

When I started this post a few weeks ago, it was going to be a very different one. A more boring one. But things didn’t quite go as planned. A little background: earlier this year I wrote about our need to make a health insurance change and our decision to take out a high deductible health […]

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Family Safety Alert – Stay Safe and Healthy

by Julie June 17, 2014

The following is a post from Sam Peters. Your family is your heart and you will do anything to protect them. This is no more than what any other loving parent does for his or her children. But despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. According to the National Safety Council, “falls, accidental poisoning, drowning […]

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4 Smart Strategies for Managing Student Loan Debt

by Julie June 17, 2014

The following is a post from one of our partners.  Although the interest rates for student loans are fairly low, the cost of college can really add up over time. According to the Wall Street Journal, the average student graduating this year has to pay back $33,000 in student loan debt. Paying back these loans […]

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4 Ways to Save Money on Your Summer Vacation

by Julie June 9, 2014

I have a confession to make: I don’t really like to travel. I know that’s not popular to say, but there it is. The reasons are at least twofold: I have some anxiety about flying and travel in general. I’m a homebody. I just really enjoy being home. Having said all that, I’ve traveled quite a […]

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How do structured settlements compare against treasury securities?

by Julie June 6, 2014

The following is a post form one of our partners. Treasury securities are government bonds issued by a national government, usually promising to pay periodic interests and to repay the face value on the maturity date. The terms on which the bonds are sold depend on the credit worth. Treasury securities are the most dependable […]

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Bookkeeping as a Side Gig

by Julie June 4, 2014

Note: A side income or extra stream of income can make a big difference in your ability to meet your financial goals. Sometimes that’s as simple as selling stuff around your house for extra cash, and sometimes it looks more like working a part-time job or starting a full-fledged side business. This post is about […]

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Summer Travel On A Budget

by Julie May 28, 2014

This post is brought to you by one of our partners. The summer season is fast approaching and if you’re fussing about your vacation because you have limited funds; don’t push the panic button just yet because there are so many things that you can do to have fun without spending a lot. There are […]

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Reader Question: Are parents responsible for paying for college?

by Julie May 21, 2014

Last January I wrote about our oldest child leaving college, our youngest entering, and the financial changes that will bring. (Quick update to that post: our son will attend Saint Louis University in the fall. That’s the school I was alluding to in the post and he did indeed choose it. Our daughter graduated with […]

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Decluttering Techniques that Work for Me

by Julie May 16, 2014

We’re in a state of transition at our house and I’ve been decluttering like a madwoman. Here’s why: My daughter Lindsey is graduating from college this weekend. She has taken a job in Kansas City (yay!) and will be moving home for a bit. She’s moving to a bedroom in the basement in order to […]

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How To: Never Forget a Due Date Again

by Julie May 14, 2014

The following is a post by Sam Peters. Between work and caring for your family, several other responsibilities can fall through the crack. You might get behind on your chores, lose touch with close friends — and sometimes, you might forget to pay a bill. Losing track of your personal finances and forgetting to pay […]

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