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The Giving Season

This time of year we’re contacted by the charities we support for more help, and this year the requests seem a little more urgent. Non-profits are concerned there will be a decline in charitable donations due to the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017...

Wrap Your Head Around Holiday Gift Giving

One of the ways my family kicks off the holiday season is to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s an admittedly cheesy movie but the goofy Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, is hard not to like as he struggles to pull off the perfect old-fashioned...

And We’re Off!

Like it or not this week begins the Christmas shopping season, with Thanksgiving overshadowed by ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Before you get caught up in the sense of urgency to buy, and suffer from financial regret afterwards, take a few steps to keep your...

How Bad Are My Spending Habits?

When it comes to personal finance, the single most influential factor to your success is how much you spend.  It affects funding long-term goals like retirement and college, it informs how much emergency savings you should have, it influences how much insurance you...