Tips to Find a Financial Advisor
One of the questions I’m asked frequently as I travel the country is “Do I need a financial advisor?”
Many individuals and couples like the idea of tackling a variety of projects with a confident do-it-yourself mentality. However, I’ve found that DIY financial planning has its limitations. Given the level of complexity
Eating Out vs. Eating In
Did you know the average American adult buys a meal or snack from a restaurant 5.8 times a week and more than 30% of children eat fast food on any given day?
Back to School–Pay it Forward
The school supply aisles are stocked. Teachers have posted shopping lists. Families are flocking to stores in anticipation of fall. But this is more than a season for a shopping frenzy. It’s a time for all of us to consider new ways we can support schools in our community.
An Investment Club Reimagined
Last year I received an invitation to join an investment club. I jumped at the opportunity. Why was I so eager? This wasn’t just a group of people pooling investment dollars. It was a cooperative investment club and would focus on supporting co-ops in my community and region.
Linking my money and my values, now that sou
Two Minutes 'Til Touchdown
I was returning home late one evening last month on a United Airlines flight from Boston after attending a board meeting for the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. The irony of this connection will be evident shortly.
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?
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 the New Year
This year 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 the new year. 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.
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.
My Money Values
We make thousands of spending decisions each year. Some purchases are truly needs, while others are clearly wants. But why is this distinction, which appears to be so simple, often so confusing?
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.
Establishing and maintaining an emergency fund is one of the most important things you can do for yourself—both financially and emotionally.
Transaction vs. Interaction
Nathan did a brief interview with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham when he was in town speaking at two events sponsored by the foundation.
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
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.