Who’s to Blame?

I was sent to the principal’s office in the sixth grade – my skirt was too short. On the ride home, my mother alternated her anger between me and the school. I found that confusing but today I feel the same way about the cost of a college education. I get it now – she...

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The Cart before the Horse

This is a touchy subject. In our 3rd DecadeTM program we recommend building a nest egg before tackling other life events like buying a house, getting married and having children. We’re careful to recognize that’s not everyone’s reality. I think back to a participant...

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Nature versus Nurture

Nature versus Nurture

Remember the Marshmallow Test? Are the results different if the kids are from Cameroon, a country in Central Africa, instead of the offspring of Stanford University professors? I talk about the Marshmallow Test in my presentations. Developed in the 60’s by Dr. Walter...

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The Science of Time

We track the march of time in hours, minutes and seconds without much thought. I start my workday at 8AM, head home for the evening around 5 and so on. Throughout the day I work down my “to do” list. Turns out I could, and probably should, be more scientific about how...

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Where’d it go?

In the budgeting world, it’s called leakage – the difference between what you think you spend and what you really spend. Leakage or spending on wants rather than needs typically takes the form of eating out, travel and just plain stuff. In the U.S., 34% of consumers...

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Unmentionables and other clothing items

I’d guess that I do over a hundred budgets a year with clients and they often tell me they don’t spend anything on clothes – I’m not buying it. I’ve been meaning to see just how much the average Joe or Jane does spend so that I can give a little push back and say, “on...

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Cultivate!

Treat yourself this weekend to some of the best originality Tucson has to offer! Cultivate is a pop-up market featuring local designers, makers, independent shops, and artists with an additional mission of cultivating community. Built on the very timely sentiment...

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We don’t know what we don’t know…

But you can find out what you don’t know with just a few clicks. Nearly 25,000 people from all 50 states have completed the National Financial Literacy Test – a 30 question test designed to measure participants’ ability to earn, save and grow their money. The average...

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