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The Allure of the Forbidden

Think back to when you were a teenager, living at home. All you wanted to do was assert your independence and infinite wisdom, and all you heard from your parents was, "you can't." Back then, your parents told what you could and couldn't do, and all you wanted to do was…

Where You Spend Your Money Doesn't Really Matter

That's right. I'll say it again. Where you spend your money doesn't matter. Let me explain a little. This is the time of year when we get a lot of calls from folks trying to make money resolutions for the new year, and this usually involves some type of budget. Sometimes…

Are You Prepared?

I was active in the Boy Scouts growing up, so that whole "be prepared" motto is pretty ingrained in me. Now, it's a philosophy our team at Family Financial Partners encourages all of our clients to live by as well. Whether it's something simple like keeping good flea…

Financial Fears

In talking with young professionals and new investors, I hear several comments over and over again about why someone hasn't taken financial action, or is hesitant to do so. Investing and saving can be complicated, especially for those just learning about money. But, that's…

Budgeting Stinks. So Don't.

When most people hear the word budget, they think of boring weekends, ramen noodles, and sitting at home in a tiny, bare-walled apartment. No eating out, forgoing the good coffee, and endlessly clipping coupons. It sounds as dreary and unsustainable as the cabbage soup diet.…

Don't Just Count Your Blessings - Take Advantage of Them!

It's all over the news right now - the rising costs of education and out-of-control student loans. Too many graduates find themselves under tens of thousands of dollars of debt - before they even get started in life! Advice and articles abound about how to handle student…