It’s America Saves Week! #ImSavingForSweepstakes

Share Your Savings Goal for a Chance to Win up to $750 in the #ImSavingForSweepstakes To celebrate America Saves Week, America Saves is launching the #ImSavingForSweepstakes. It’s easy to enter. Just tell America Saves your savings goal and make a plan to reach it for your chance to win $500 toward your goal, then boost […]

Ten Commandments of Financial Stewardship

Recently, I revisited God’s Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and Matthew 22:36-40) and reflected on the laws God set before us.  My study revealed that, despite our efforts, no one can perfectly keep or obey all of the commandments outlined.  In fact, God’s Ten Commandments force us to realize that we all have sinned and are in need of […]

Take Your Kids To The Bank, Literally

While we have all heard of Take Your Kids to Work Day, I’d like to introduce a fairly new concept called Take Your Kids to the Bank! Where do they think money comes from anyway?!  With everything so instantaneous via the swipe of a card, I wonder if our little mini-me’s grasp the concepts of delayed gratification […]

Moms Know Best: Five Money Lessons From My Mom

With all the roles held by mothers and all the things they do for us, it seems their job is never done! Caregiver. Chef. Teacher. Preacher. Disciplinarian. Nurturer. Mother’s pour into our lives, invest time and energy to teach us life lessons, and give us guidance to overcome  life’s obstacles.  Whether you were raised by […]

15 Plays to Financially Jumpstart 2015

With just a few weeks until the end of 2014, it’s time for a financial jumpstart on 2015!  This is the perfect time to review your financial playbook and close the year on a winning streak. I recently watched The Suze Orman Show* where she shared her top 10 money moves to make before the end of […]

Generational Wealth, Compliments of You!

What would generational wealth look like to you? What’s needed to create or change the financial legacy of your family? More importantly, What Financial Legacy Will You Leave Behind? Since I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth or with an inheritance from my forefathers, I often think critically about the actions I […]

Who’s The Boss? A Lesson on Budget Success Factors

If you’ve heard one recommendation consistently from personal finance experts, it’s that you must create a budget to achieve your financial goals.  Simply put, a budget is your road map to financial success.  It allows you to establish control and be the boss of your spending, before your spending becomes the boss of you! I […]

Ready, Set, Automate.

One secret to being a more productive citizen is to find more time in your day to do other things.  So, let’s start with the redundant task of paying bills every month. Why spend your valuable time on tasks that can be automated? Consider the benefits of automating your recurring bills: Complete this exercise to […]

How to Recover from a Financial Hangover

The holiday season has come to a close, you’ve ushered in a new year, and the reality of your overspending is settling in.  You are experiencing a financial hangover.  In case you’re in denial, a few classic symptoms of a financial hangover include: Unlike proposed remedies for “other” hangovers, definitely don’t continue to spend! Instead, […]

Five Questions To Answer Before Making A Large Purchase

About 10 years ago, I removed all the window screens from my home primarily because they were damaged and an eyesore.  Plus, the single pane windows on this older home were painted shut, so it really didn’t matter.  With little to no expendable income, I loosened a few windows so they would open, looked into […]