How to Use Allowances to Teach Your Kids About Money

As parents, our number one goal is to raise our kids to be kind, compassionate human beings who can function in the world as independent adults. In the early years, we’re often focused heavily on those “kind and compassionate” terms. Our goal then is to teach kids not to hit, bite, or pitch fits. You […]

Published or Updated: November 25, 2016

My Experience With the Vanguard Advisory Services

Michael Toub

This review of Vanguard Personal Advisor services is based on my actual experiences.  I migrated my spouse’s portfolio to Vanguard and considered using its advisor service to maintain that portfolio.  The portfolio was held at a large, full service broker and was being charged an annual fee of 1.5% of assets under management.  By comparison, […]

Published or Updated: November 22, 2016

How Trump’s Childcare Plan Will Affect You

Aliyyah Camp

With the high cost of child care in America, it’s no wonder that this was a major issue of concern in the election. During his campaign, Donald Trump released a fact sheet detailing his child care plan. Now that his presidency is solidified, let’s take a look at how the proposals in his plan work […]

Published or Updated: November 16, 2016

9 Things to Consider When Combining Finances

Evan Gautier

When it comes to personal finance, we all do things a little differently. After a few years, our money habits can become more like money rules, and staying open minded to new ways of handling our finances can be tough. Even the more flexible among us can still struggle with financial changes. Still, though managing […]

Published or Updated: November 14, 2016

Review of Cinch by Fidelity

Mark Hull

As early as 2014, Fidelity Investments rolled out a budget and savings tool called Cinch. Located in the hard-to-find MyMoney section of their website, this “budgeting for beginners” web application seems to still be in beta phase two years later. If after reading this article you decide to try it out, be sure and submit […]

Published or Updated: November 9, 2016

How to Use Google Docs to Track Your Cash Flow

My husband and I have used many budgeting tools over the years, including Mint and YNAB. We still use (and love!) YNAB, but it left a hole for us: cashflow planning. Unfortunately, we’re still not accustomed to YNAB’s month-ahead spending goal. And that means that at some points in the month, our checking account ebbs […]

Published or Updated: October 27, 2016

Lending Club Debt Consolidation Calculator Review

Lending Club is a peer-to-peer lending company, connecting borrowers and investors with one another in the financial equivalent of a dating site. Admittedly, they have a very good platform in place to facilitate this. What’s even more amazing, though, is that they continue to improve it by adding new loan programs and features. Recently, they […]

Published or Updated: September 30, 2016

What Is Financial Independence and How Do You Achieve It?

Financial independence – everyone wants it, but not everyone achieves it. Why? The reason is probably that financial independence is a process. It requires effort and commitment over a long period of time. Everyone’s definition of financial freedom is unique, which means that the path they take will be unique to them, too. Unless you’re […]

Published or Updated: September 26, 2016

How Benjamin and Albert Can Help Organize Your Finances

Mark Hull

The fintech space is getting crowded. Mint, Personal Capital, Stash, Acorns, Simple… you name it, and there is an app or website for whatever flavor of personal finance action you want. Well, there are two new products in town that are threatening to change the game. Albert, a standalone account aggregator, offers financial health scores […]

Published or Updated: September 23, 2016

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