Avoid Stress by Budgeting Time this Christmas

This is a trying time of year. We’re spending time with family, we’re entertaining friends, and we’re buying and giving gifts. In short, it’s really tough to make ends meet in November and December. And you think I’m talking about money, don’t you? I’m not talking about money, I’m talking about budgeting time. In a way, making smart money decisions …

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Money Abuse Under the Tree

What Christmas Presents Teach Kids About Managing Money  I know this isn’t going to be a popular post, but in all honesty, I’ve gotten past the point of caring.  This has to be said. It is no secret I are worry about the financial future of a whole lot of kids who don’t seem to understand the first thing about …

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It’s Affluenza Season!

It’s going around this time of year in particular – make sure your family doesn’t catch Affluenza. How do you know if you have Affluenza?  Things to look for include feelings of overload debt anxiety waste an insatiable pursuit of more Affluenza is real, claims David Wann, and it’s a painful, contagious, socially transmitted disease.  We Americans are particularly susceptible …

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Money Lessons from Spanish Harlem

I was talking recently with a new friend of mine.  We’d just met and she’d heard about our book and asked me to explain it to her.  When I finished she said she wanted to tell me a story. “I used to be a middle school teacher in Spanish Harlem.  It was a rough job.  Some days I was thankful …

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Stop hovering! Helicopter Parenting Causing Kids to Crash Land

Helicopter parenting is resulting in kids that simply aren’t growing up.  Kids are reaching their 20s and 30s with no clue – or no desire – to be independent adults. Brooke Donatone, psychotherapist, writes of a session with one of her patients: I suggested finding a job after graduation, even if it’s only temporary. She cried harder at this idea. …

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Disney Magic Bands Equal Budget Brilliance

When I first heard about the beta test going on at Walt Disney World while we were there with Disney’s new Magic Bands, I thought they sounded fantastic.   One waterproof bracelet that granted access to our room, the parks, fast pass lines and allowed charging privileges. It wasn’t until our first evening I realized how dangerous it could all be. …

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