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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Do You Love Them or Hate Them? Gift Cards!

Gift cards! It's that time of year when I struggle with my love/hate relationship with gift cards. On the one hand, they're very convenient and may be more appreciated by my young relatives than other gifts I might choose, especially as I don't know what's "cool" or "sick" to wear or own. On the other hand, they're impersonal (in my opinion) and full of potential consumer traps. However...

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Choose Financial Prof

After Two Year Hiatus, Good to be asked this Question Again

We're seeing positive news about the economy and that is trickling down to people's personal finances. Once again I'm receiving questions about how to choose a financial professional to help with finances, including saving for retirement. Managing money is not an innate skill and often it makes sense to turn to expert help. Whether you're looking for help with your taxes, choosing investments f...

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Halloween budget

Not So Scary Halloween Spending!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and it seems that many other people enjoy it too. According to the National Retail Federation , seven in 10 Americans plan to celebrate Halloween. The average person will spend $79.82; how much will you spend?...

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Old Habits & New Technologies; New to Me, Anyway

This week we welcome Michael Rupured, Financial Management Specialist from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, as a guest blogger to Plan Well, Retire Well. We hope you enjoy his post as much as we do! I've always been the kind of person that balances my checking account every month. The habit started when I was in college. When every penny counted, the last thing I...

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