Category - Family Finances

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Planning For College – Choices and Payment
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Vacation Home Rentals and Your Income Taxes
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Planning for College – Managing Wants and Desires
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Financial Planning Shouldn’t Stop at Retirement
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How to Juggle College and Retirement Savings

Planning For College – Choices and Payment

Part 1 of this series addressed how parents and family members can sometimes influence a child’s choice of schools through words and actions. Part 2 focused on the myriad of choices and how to assist a child in narrowing the selection to those best suited to help achieve vocation goals. The final segment of this 3 part series will attempt to outline options to think about when paying for a college education. While it may be possible to cover the entire cost of a child and their siblings’ education, it might be worth considering other options that involve the child. …

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Vacation Home Rentals and Your Income Taxes

You may have a vacation home that you only spend a small amount of time at each year, and the rest of the time you rent the home out to other folks who wish to vacation in your little slice of heaven. The rents that you receive is considered taxable income, to the extent that it exceeds the applicable expenses. Plus, if the vacation home is partly used for your own purposes, the expenses (allocated to the time the property is rented) cannot exceed the amount of rent income from the property (you can’t claim a loss).

Recently the IRS …

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Planning for College – Managing Wants and Desires

Children are often influenced in ways that are not always obvious.  As mentioned in part 1 of this 3 part series on planning for college, family conversations about fond college memories and experiences, likely occur long before a child narrows their choice about where to apply and enroll.  Children will also be influenced by friends and their ideas or maybe where a teacher encourages them to explore.  Ideally, they consider their intellectual and vocational gifts and settle on a few schools that align well with their longer term professional or vocational aspirations.

All the while, parents may be trying to …

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Financial Planning Shouldn’t Stop at Retirement

elderly couple squareMost of us understand we need to give careful consideration to planning, saving and preparing for the future.  This typically includes planning for the purchase of our first house, saving for the education of our children, mapping out our careers, our retirement, and even our eventual death.

However, I’ve seen too many consumers get to retirement, breathe a sigh of relief and then put their lives on auto-pilot, thinking they’ve handled all the big decisions.  The reality is that many times the decisions which will be faced in the years between retirement  and death can be some of the most …

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How to Juggle College and Retirement Savings

family landscapeHow do you successfully negotiate the conflicting goals of saving for your children’s college educations, as well as saving for retirement? If you are like most people, these two goals are constantly competing for your savings dollars and it can be difficult to prioritize one over the other, especially since education seems a more pressing goal. If you are feeling stretched and maybe discouraged as you battle these opponents, there are a few key takeaways to consider:
  1. Prioritize Appropriately
You cannot look at these two goals serially, thinking that if you just focus on the education piece and work your… Read More

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