Tag Archives: Finance

The Pros and Cons of Taking a Gap Year

Gap America defines a gap year as “a structured period of time when students take a break from formal education to increase self-awareness, challenge comfort zones, and experiment with possible careers.” But at what risk would you be taking a … Continue reading

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How to succeed as a first-generation college student

First-generation college students are often perceived as hard-working and driven–supported by family, friends or mentors to overcome the odds and make their dreams come true. But what is often overlooked is the variety of challenges faced by students without many … Continue reading

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To enroll or not to enroll: the pros and cons of summer classes

It’s that time of the year again. Time to buckle down as the spring term enters its home stretch, time to tie up any loose ends from the academic year, and, for many students, time to consider enrolling for a … Continue reading

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How much is financial stress costing your clients?

Stress has been dubbed “the health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses a staggering $300 billion per year. From Main Street to Wall Street, the nation’s economic woes continue … Continue reading

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10 Tips For Financial Wellness

Tax season is when people typically focus on finances, but managing money wisely should be a year-round priority. Review income, expenses, savings and investments, and commit to making a few simple changes each month to improve your financial health. Here … Continue reading

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Books on a Budget: Top 9 Sites for Getting Books on the Cheap

Campus bookstores are easily the most convenient place to get college textbooks – and they know it. They’re there to attract the lazy college student who doesn’t want to buy a book until he or she really needs it (the … Continue reading

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Affinity Quarterly: Retire Ready

Financial security in retirement doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and commitment and, yes, money.  Fewer than half of Americans have calculated how much they need to save for retirement—a budget that will affect at least 20 years of their … Continue reading

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Dealing with Debt

The old debt-monster. It’s easy to think “If I ignore it, it’ll go away,” but debt is more likely to come back to haunt your financial household later. No hero ever slayed his dragons by hiding from them. Here are some … Continue reading

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Love & Money: Ground Rules for Fighting Fair

“You ALWAYS spend too much!” “Your ridiculous budget gives me a migraine!” From loud fights to passive-aggressive comments, most couples fight about money in one way or another.  Add major debt, lack of funds, and financial insecurity to the mix, … Continue reading

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Living Within Your Means

“Stop spending money you haven’t earned to buy things you don’t need to impress people you don’t even like.” – Deepak Chopra Sometimes the best advice is the simplest. A down economy has been a wake up call to those who are … Continue reading

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