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Family Gift Giving Resolution Read Article

The holidays can create unhealthy expectations, especially for kids. How do you create a more manageable and enjoyable holiday experience for you and your family?

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Parents, Kids
Happy Thanks-Getting Read Article

Should we really be surprised it has come to this? The National Retail Federation (NRF) projected that millions of Americans will begin their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving. Seriously?

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Parents, Adults
  • 5 Steps to Successful Back-to-School Shopping
    Creating a back-to-school shopping plan can help kids develop healthy money habits while minimizing, what can be, a very stressful experience for families.
  • From Idea to Action
    Never underestimate the power of a single learning experience. Back in June of 2012, I led a learning event for alumni at my alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the presentation, I talked about the benefits of using a Share Save Spend allowance with kids as a way to introduce them to the topic of money
  • Building Wealth - One Choice at a Time
    On the eve of financial literacy month, it’s a good time to talk about what it takes to accumulate wealth – be it $1,000 or $100,000. More specifically, how it often boils down to our daily spending decisions.
  • 10 Tips to Achieve Financial Sanity in 2013
    2012 provided me with many opportunities to interact with LOTS of amazing people throughout the U.S and Canada. Based on hundreds of conversations with fans of Share Save Spend, here are my 10 Tips to Achieve Money Sanity in 2013. Thanks for your inspiration!
  • How to Maintain Your Sanity at the Holidays
    We often go to incredible lengths to make the holiday season spectacular—like tracking down the perfect gift for someone we love. Finding just-the-right-thing to make someone else happy and give us something to feel good about, if only for a few weeks.
  • Save the Date?
    Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Back-to-School Saturday has arrived—and it’s targeting your children. When it comes to shopping, marketers and retailers live by a simple rule of thumb: Nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd.
  • From Cash to Plastic to Cell - R U Ready?
    The shift to electronic payments via smartphone is here—and with it comes huge implications for consumers.
  • Managing Debt and Achievement
    The other day on my way to do a TV interview about student loan debt, I drove past the University of Minnesota campus and noticed a common wardrobe theme – funny looking caps and oddly shaped gowns – a powerful visual reminder that we are definitely in the midst of graduation season.
  • Help Kids Develop Healthy Savings Habits
    Saving is a learned behavior. It’s something kids need to practice over and over from an early age. When teaching your child how to save money, it is important to start early. I worked with a family whose 12-year-old son, Luke, decided he wanted to buy a car when he turned 16.
  • Launching the Boomerang Generation
    There’s no question about it, everyone has suffered through the recession. But, according to a recent study released by the Pew Research Center, young adults are arguably being hit the hardest by today’s economy. Only 54% of 18 to 24 year-olds are employed, the lowest since the government began collecting this data in 1948.
  • Can Money Buy Happiness?
    There’s no question about it. Money is a necessary ingredient for happiness. We need it to meet our basic needs on a daily basis.
  • Teaching Generosity in an Era of Austerity
    How does our culture’s hyper focus on shaping youth spending habits square with the new austerity trend that is sweeping the globe? The contrast couldn’t be more dramatic. Imagine how confusing the message of austerity must be for youth around the world.
  • Guess who’s cashing student loan checks?
    Last month Walmart announced that it is extending its reach into the alternative check-cashing industry. The retail giant’s expansion of services means that you can now cash checks for rebates, pensions, retirement accounts, and student loans at any one of its stores.
  • Help Kids Gain Valuable Money Lessons with Back-To-School Shopping Plan
    Creating a back-to-school shopping plan can help kids develop healthy money habits while minimizing, what can be, a very stressful experience for families.
  • Lessons to be Learned from the Debt Ceiling Crisis
    With American households spending about 106% of what they are earning we need to be honest about our financial situation and plan ahead for the unexpected.
  • Learn To Earn: 5 Reasons Your Teen Should Have a Summer Job
    As parents, we want to give our children every possible advantage to help them grow up to be mature, responsible, contributing members of their communities. Teens and college students who work part-time in high school or college earn 16 percent more after college than those who do not. And colleges are factoring in work
  • Money Sanity Solutions Contest Winners!
    We have a winner! No, actually we have three winners. We had a terrific response to our Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money + Meaning giveaway contest and had a very difficult time selecting a winner. So we chose three!
  • Money Sanity Solutions Giveaway
    The contest is now closed. Click here to see who won!
  • Why Can't Americans Save?
    Why Can’t Americans Save? This week the New York Times "Room for Debate" section took on that very topic. The article featured several different perspectives on a recent Harris poll that examined American’s savings habits.
  • New Book & Minneapolis Family Featured on NBC Affiliate
    Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with a local family and talk about money.
  • Deal or No Deal?
    Are you a fan of coupons? And would you use them, without hesitation, even if you were on a first date? I ask the question because it’s no secret that there has been a bit of a social stigma associated with coupon clipping – especially with the 30 & under crowd.
  • A Preview of Coming Attractions
    Imagine this scenario: your daughter or son is heading home from school and they receive the following text from their favorite retailer.
  • Giving Through Lending
    The other day I received a reminder email from Kiva to relend the money in my Kiva account. The goal: lend money to eager entrepreneurs from around the world who are going to great lengths to overcome the grip of poverty.
  • Talking to Your Kids About Money
    After a recent speaking engagement in San Rafael, California, a group of parents approached me with the following dilemma. In near unison they shared, “We want to talk with our kids about money, but we don’t know where to start or what to say.”
  • Team Decisions
    All major money decisions, be it debt, retirement, college savings, managing an emergency fund, credit card management and expense management to name a few, should be a team decision. It’s a great way to maintain household accountability and ensure that you stay on track with all of your money goals.
  • Battling Birthday Extravagance
    If you’ve attended a child’s birthday party recently, my hunch is you’ve already figured out that birthday celebrations ‘ain’t what they used to be
  • The Power of Money Mentoring
    Let it be known, I am a huge fan of money mentors. That is people who are willing to share with a young person their highs and lows around all things money. It’s a wonderful way to cut the learning curve in a complex money world.
  • My Forthcoming Book
    As I point out in my forthcoming book, Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money and Meaning, there is a major technological shift underway that will change how we pay for goods and services in the very near term.