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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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From Idea to Action Read Article

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

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  • 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 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.
  • 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!
  • Free Resources for Money Sanity Solutions
    Two, free resources for Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money + Meaning are available for download
  • Money Sanity Solutions Giveaway
    The contest is now closed. Click here to see who won!
  • Episcopal Church USA: A Collaborative Success Story
    I recently wrote an article for The Episcopal Church USA’s first edition of their new e-newsletter, The Steward’s Well, a quarterly resource created especially for those leading stewardship in their congregations.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Addressing Workplace Productivity & Money Stress
    Back in August I was contacted by a senior HR manager at Best Buy corporate headquarters with a very specific request. He was planning a weeklong focus on the topic of financial well-being and wanted me to kick-off this first-ever event.
  • 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.
  • Needs vs. Wants
    Wherever I travel for work people these days, I’m hearing two common themes from people. One, they want guidance on how to shift their money behavior to match the current reality. Two, they are sharing that it’s much more difficult to change their money habits than they thought.
  • 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.