cookiemonster2_fbLearning how to save is a valuable lesson that children as young as preschool can begin to learn. In this clip from Sesame Street, Elmo shows kids how to divide their money into savings, spending money, and sharing money. But how do you motivate children to understand why they should save? [click to continue…]

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Estate Planning 101

by Michelle on October 23, 2014

EstTime-To-Planate planning is not just for the wealthy, the elderly or families with children. It’s a way to legally protect yourself and your loved ones if tragedy or death occurs. Who will make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated? Who gets the house when you die? What about paying for your children’s education?

Organizing family around tragedy is challenging to say the least; it’s uncomfortable, stressful and heartbreaking. A sound, legal document to guide the process can make an enormous difference for everyone involved. Estate planning solidifies the details of your wishes as well as helping to maintain order and stability for your loved ones.  [click to continue…]

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Quick Pumpkin Recipes: Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin

October 22, 2014
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Thanks to New England’s crazy winters, fall can be a short-lived event. Extend the fall with autumnal flavors, like pumpkin! Fresh pumpkins can be daunting and time-consuming to prepare, but canned pumpkin is an excellent alternative with all of the health benefits. Canned pumpkin is an easy-to-store source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. [...]

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Tuesday Tip: Beware the Lazy Tax

October 21, 2014
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Laziness. In the hectic, busy world that so many of us live in, it can be a sweet respite to just sit and do nothing for a while. Are there things that could be done? Probably. But now and then you just want to relax and procrastinate. There’s nothing wrong with a little mental break, but [...]

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Celebrate National Save for Retirement Week

October 20, 2014
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Happy National Save for Retirement Week! Whether you haven’t started saving for retirement or you have a great plan in place, everyone can participate in this week; maybe you finally start that personal budget or you take some time to evaluate your current plan. It’s not the most glamorous time of the year, but certainly one [...]

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Earn, Save, Spend & Donate: Teaching Kids About Money

October 17, 2014
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It’s not unusual for children to focus on the next new toy that they want without understanding how to get it. Beyond just spending money, children will need to learn where money comes from and where it can go. Financial literacy can make a tremendous impact on a person’s life, so why not start at [...]

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Get Smart About Credit Day: Becoming Financially Literate

October 16, 2014
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Today is Get Smart About Credit Day! An annual event where bankers visit classrooms to explain basic personal finance principles to kids, Get Smart About Credit Day helps teach people about the credit facts of life. Though the lessons can be broad, there are three areas of focus: paying for college, knowing your score, and [...]

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Pumpkin Risotto: A Gourmet Fall Dish

October 15, 2014
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For a fancy fall feast, pumpkin risotto is just what you need to turn that gourd into something gourmet. Thanks to the inexpensive ingredients required for risotto, you can make a 5-star meal at less than $5 a serving.

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Cyber Security: What It Is & Why It Matters

October 13, 2014
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Bake a cake and change your passwords, it’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month! While most of us find it annoying to change passwords every 90 days or meet a long list of password criteria, there are extremely good reasons to be as tricky as possible, like avoiding identity theft and unwelcome debt. Since October is [...]

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