Financial Fitness

Skip the Door Busting Lines and Go for “Small Business Saturday”

This Thanksgiving, skip the door buster lines on Thursday night and Friday morning, and do your part to help small businesses on “Small Business Saturday.” Learn more with the infographic below:


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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Five Reasons to Ditch Your Private Office

CGN is delighted to host Julia Evans of Grind’s Collaborative Office Space this week. Enjoy a day working outside the system at Chicago’s newest collaborative workspace for the low price of 140 characters. Visit, ...


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 ...


Major Decisions: The Best Jobs for Your Educational Background [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you’re just out of college or recently attended your 30 year reunion, you likely still have some affinity for your college major and educational background. Even if you’re a theater major who later became a ...


Part Time Work: The Case for Multiple Jobs

I was in high school when I got my first part-time job in a fast food restaurant. After high school and upon entering college, I found part-time work as a gas station clerk and also signed up for several internships. After coll...

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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...


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!...


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 ...