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Plan Well, Retire Well

Saving and investing your money

Moving forward with the Plan Well, Retire Well blog

If you are one of our regular readers, you've likely noticed a fair amount of change in our blog in the last year or so. I am very happy to report that we are moving forward now.

In January 2008 we launched the Plan Well, Retire Well: Saving and investing your money blog. In our first blog post, Karen Chan wrote "The Cooperative Extension Service, of which we are a part, is charged with providing research based, unbiased educational information to the public. And that will be our aim with this blog–to cut through the noise and provide you with concise, reliable information about any and all financial issues that impact your ability to plan and save for the future. We also hope to have a little fun along the way. We invite you to join us." Our aim today remains the same.

We started the blog with four financial educators: Dr. Paul McNamara, Karen Chan, Jennifer Hunt and I. We believe that having different voices on the blog provides a balanced perspective about managing money. There's no one right way to manage money – our experiences, values, and personal goals all influence what we choose to do with our money. All the regular bloggers (which in 2009-2011 also included Kim Nute Jones) have shared their personal stories and viewpoints, as well as their financial education expertise, in the hopes of helping you make informed decisions about your finances. Some of our authors have changed over the years but 332 posts later, we are still blogging along.

In the last three months we've introduced three new bloggers: Pam Atkinson, Dedra Thomas, and Sasha Whitley. All are University of Illinois Extension Consumer Economics Educators who bring a wealth of experience and expertise – plus fun – to our blog. I'm enjoying their blog posts and I hope you do too!

With all these bloggers on board, we're open to suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about. Do you have a question you'd like answered? Please click on the "Comment" link below and leave your feedback. We'd love to hear from you!

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