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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.

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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Money 911
    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
  • 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!
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ERD: Making a Meaningful Difference
    As we approach the holiday season and are overwhelmed with messages telling us about the hottest gifts and “must have” gadgets, I’d like to recognize the work of a remarkable organization that works with the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • The Impact of Credit Scores
    Every semester for the past several years, I have had the privilege of being a guest presenter at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. It’s a great opportunity to interact with some wonderful students who are always eager to learn more about personal finance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boomerangers
    Boomerangers (young adults) moving back home to save money is an interesting trend and one that is likely here to stay, at least until the recession eases.