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Stick to Your Holiday Gift Budget

  It’s almost here – the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Right after Black Friday comes December, my favorite month. Despite the cold, snow and lack of sunshine, I love December because that’s when I wa...

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Financial Wisdom

One of the first things you see when you walk into my office is the sign that says, Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. I’ve been collecting quotes like this most of my life an...

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How I Finally Organized My Desk

  As a visual learner, my desk is usually a mess during the day (yes, that’s my desk in the photo) – I need a visual reminder to do something or it is “out of sight, out of mind,” literally. It may look like I...


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Financial Decisions That Seem Smart But Might Be Really Dumb

A couple weeks ago I realized a long-time dream of mine – I was a guest on the WGN Morning News, sharing tips about money for everyday people. It was so fun! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the money decisions ...

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Q&A with a CPA: Investment Terms

  Now that we know there’s no such thing as a “safe” investment, let’s take some time to define some of the terms you’ll need to understand to get started on saving for long-term goals like re...

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Q&A with a CPA: Rewards Cards, Warranties and Budgets

    This week I’m tackling a couple common questions I receive from people often. Are there money topics that you wish you had an unbiased answer to? Please let me know and I’ll answer in a future article!...


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Q&A with a CPA: Health Insurance

  A recent Harris Interactive poll conducted by the AICPA reveals that many U.S. adults lack a basic understanding of common terms associated with health insurance plans. Considering some of the massive changes we face in ...

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Straight Talk About Retirement Accounts

  Hopefully you’ve figured out that saving for retirement is a key to your financial security, regardless of your age. Now that you’ve decided to start saving, the next step is determining what type of account to utili...

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Q&A with a CPA: Credit Scores

  As a volunteer member of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, I am closely involved with Feed the Pig, including participating in monthly Facebook chats to answer money questions. The most recent chat about cr...


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Combining Your Money With Your Honey

With wedding season in full swing, I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on the importance of couples and money. Whether you’re shacking up for the first time or taking the plunge with marriage, if you’re going ...