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  • 3 Unexpected Home Expenses

    3 Unexpected Home Expenses

    So, you’ve purchased your first home. Congratulations! As a fellow homeowner, I wanted to share a few things I wish I had known prior to purchasing.
     
    1. A pretty yard can cost a pretty penny
    I’ve always envisioned a yard with beautiful landscaping but failed to realize how expensive it can…
  • 5 Ways Finances Are Like a Newborn

    5 Ways Finances Are Like a Newborn

    1. No Instructions
    When the nurse handed me my newborn baby, she did not include an instruction manual. The same can be said for your first paycheck. The number one question I hear when I teach financial wellness is “Why didn’t anyone teach me this in school?” Unfortunately, personal finance is often omitted in…
  • Saving for Retirement - The Sooner You Start, the Better Off You'll Be

    Saving for Retirement - The Sooner You Start, the Better Off You'll Be

    Retirement—it’s not a word you think much about when you’re young. After all, that’s something that happens when you get OLD.
    “But what about Social Security?” you might ask. “Isn’t that going that going to be all I’ll need?” Well, since the Social Security system was designed to supplement our other retirement savings, we…
  • What Makes up My Credit Score?

    What Makes up My Credit Score?

    Credit Scores: everyone knows you need a good one, but do you know why? More importantly, do you know what makes up your credit score? The credit score is one of life’s mysteries not taught in school. Unfortunately, experience becomes the teacher for a lot of people. Your credit score is a number that lenders…
  • The Must-Have “Talk” for Every Relationship

    The Must-Have “Talk” for Every Relationship

    This past year, I’ve attended many weddings, which is happening more frequently since most of my friends are entering that blissful stage in their life. It’s a beautiful event to witness. As I see my friends exchange vows, part of me can’t help to think “Boy, I hope they’ve had the money talk!”
    I…
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