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Back to School–Pay it Forward Read Article

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.

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Parents, Adults, Kids
How to Maximize Graduation Cash Read Article

The graduation season is fast approaching. With each day that passes, anticipation grows of the gifts and money a graduate will receive in celebration of their achievement. It’s crucial to plan ahead to maximize graduation cash before your young person dashes off to whatever lies ahead.

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Parents, Kids
  • Family Gift Giving Resolution
    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?
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.