Back to School – Maximize Style, Minimize Splurge

Back to School – Maximize Style, Minimize Splurge

It’s that time of year again.  A time of new beginnings, lots of homework, and waking up before dawn. But let’s not forget back-to-school budgeting. Economic forecasters predict that each student will end up spending somewhere around $600 on back to school items, which is mostly new clothing. I remember the confident feeling I had [...]

Top 5 Money Misconceptions

Top 5 Money Misconceptions

When I was a teenager, I made a lot of assumptions about how money and credit work. After all, it’s not like there’s a checking account course in high school! Here are the five biggest money misconceptions that plagued me in my youth.   “Who Reads the Fine Print Anyway?” I don’t really know why, [...]

Uncomfortable Conversations with Your Parents – Let’s Talk About…Money

Uncomfortable Conversations with Your Parents – Let’s Talk About…Money

I don’t know about you, but my teenage years were full of uncomfortable conversations with my parents. Time inevitably adds perspective to these conversations. It is easy to look back and see the value, but I distinctly remember finding these conversations tedious and awkward. I would have rather mowed the lawn any day than have [...]

Prom on a Budget

Prom on a Budget

It’s prom season! In high school, I tried to pretend that I was not super-excited about prom…but I really was. It was an excuse to get all dressed up and go to a big party with my friends. I bought the dress, boutonnière, limo, shoes, etc. Along the way, I picked up a few money-saving [...]

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