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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money
Paying for a Funeral

Paying for a funeral – the options, costs and decisions you need to make.

Most people don't know this but I had to help plan, put together, and pay for both of my parent's funerals. I write this post to help you get ideas about what you'd like for your funeral/burial and to get you moving to get things planned for yourself. Now in the past we've covered some great estate planning topics such as...

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The Gift of Gift Cards

I often joke that I am a terrible gift-giver. I have a hard time picking out the right gifts for friends and family. If you are like me and you struggle with finding the best gifts for the people in your life, gift cards may be the perfect solution! Gift cards provide a seemingly easy way to shop for others. It is hard to tell if buying gift cards reduces the time and energy we put into picking...

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Who Do You Live With? Why?

Do you live alone or with others? How has this changed for you over your life? In my life, who is under the rooftop has been a story of change: people moving in and out during life transitions. I am not alone. Many people today live in households with adults from different generations (multigenerational). In fact, in 2016 a record 64 million people – 20% of the U.S. population – lived w...

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Retirement Phase 2

I tried retiring 6 years ago. Some long-time readers of this blog might even remember my farewell post . But my full-time retirement didn't last long. In addition to developing my own financial education workshops, I returned to work part time with Extension. I focused on two projects: revising the...

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1-800 Scam, that’s 1-800, do not call for more information

Is it time to add your teenager to your family's cell phone plan? Are you looking to make changes to your individual plan? Do you still predominantly use landlines because of where you live, package deals, or comfort level? Whatever your current telephone situation, having a telephone service or plan that is reasonable, affordable, and convenient makes all the difference in your busy life....

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Save on Food

How to Realistically Save Money on Food

One thing we all have in common, we need food. Likely, every week you spend money on food. How can you keep your costs down? Planning our food purchases and comparison-shopping can help. Planning your meals helps keep food costs down and decreases food wastage as well. Planning includes: checking what's in your cupboard, refrigerator and freezer,...

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Bad decisions I made with my money

Last month, I wrote about some of the things that I have bought or done with my money that I think were well worth what they cost . So it's only fair that this month, I look at the opposite: mistakes I made with my money. I suppose I should be writing about things I bought that weren't worth it, but I had a hard time coming up with that lis...

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