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An Investment Club Reimagined Read Article

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

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Two Minutes 'Til Touchdown Read Article

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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  • 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
  • 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 Engage Young Philanthropists
    Millennials approach things differently than previous generations. From the way they work to the way they communicate, Millennials have developed unique ways of engaging with the world. It’s not surprising then that this generation also has a unique way of approaching philanthropy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.