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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…

401(k) Pitfalls and Things to Look For

All too often, we see young clients come in (and some not so young!) who can't answer the question when we ask what 401(k) match their employer offers. This got me thinking recently about this and other pitfalls people often fall into when setting up their 401(k) plans.…

The Tincture of Time

There's an old adage often used in the medical field - allow for the tincture of time. In other words, let time do its work in taking care of the pertinent medical issues. Time heals all wounds, right? In today's fast-paced, instant gratification world, we have been…