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Are You a Financially Fit Millennial? Ask yourself these questions

As our culture continually emphasizes keeping our bodies physically fit, don’t forget to also track your fiscal fitness. Since it’s never too late to get started, we’ve prepared this quiz to help you strengthen your core with smart money moves for millennials. [read more]

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Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

You know the drill. Christmas is coming - there are stockings to be stuffed and gifts to be purchased. But wait. What if we can learn from the Grinch who stole Christmas: “What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” What if this Christmas we give from our hearts, from our time, from our treasure? [read more]

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Give Your Tween a Jump Start on Money Management

There are really only three things we need to teach our children about saving money: Save as much as you can, as soon as you can, as long as you can. As helpful as this is, most of us could use just a little more detail on how to build a savings mindset into our kids from preschool to college. So, here are a few tips and resources that can get you started. [read more]

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Teaching Kids About Money?

I think of the lessons of these early years as foundation stones. They give our kids reference points to look back on as they grow and learn, and they give us opportunities to creatively craft learning experiences. [read more]

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To build kids’ money-handling habits — better Start Young

Every parent who has passed the toddler-wrangling stage knows that kids learn by watching, and then doing—why else would we buy a lock for a toilet seat? So, when it comes to practical life skills, we’re always looking for safe ways to give our kids some hands-on experience. [read more]

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The Parents’ Guide to Car Buying and Financing

Does it seem like every time you manage to corral your children in the family vehicle, they find a way to hide fish-shaped orangey snacks between the seats or leave a messy trail of school supplies, overdue library books and remnants of another on-the-go meal? An automobile is no place for the faint of heart. Neither is auto loan shopping. [read more]

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