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Mothers Help Children Understand Financial Planning
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The Difference Between a Financial Plan & Financial Planning
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Financial Literacy: Reading A Financial Statement
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Anything but money: having self worth and control of your life
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Money Mistakes to Avoid, part 1

Mothers Help Children Understand Financial Planning

Some of this motherly advice connects to financial planning in a direct way; the Money article notes that high percentages of the participants in a BeFrugal.com survey say their mothers taught them to look for sales, to use coupons, and to recognize the difference between a want and a need.

But there is so much more advice children get from their mothers that does not necessarily relate directly to money and finance yet it still can guide them as have more financial resources to manage and enter the workforce. As the article suggests:

“Life lessons like “don’t be late” and

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The Difference Between a Financial Plan & Financial Planning

I remember the first time I received a financial plan.  Actually, it was for my mother.  It was a while ago, before I decided to become a financial planner myself, and is probably one of the reasons why I did so.  My mother had inherited some money from my grandmother, and after a couple of years of waiting for the broker to do anything, we decided that we were going to move it.  I’d researched some financial planners in the area, and decided to work with an hourly financial planner we’d found.  For $800, she presented us with a beautifully …

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Financial Literacy: Reading A Financial Statement

Last week, we discussed reading your credit card statement. April is Financial Literacy Month and reading financial documents sometimes requires more than knowing how to read. There will be words on the page that you recognize but you may not be able to comprehend what they mean for your investment planning.

In “12 Things You Need to Know About Financial StatementsInvestopedia offers a primer on what you’ll find in your financial statements. Investing is just the beginning; you need to keep up with your investments.

An important point made in the Investopedia article is that …

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Anything but money: having self worth and control of your life

Used softball ball in Třebíč, Czech Republic.jpgIn his most recent newsletter, former Wall Street Journal columnist Jonathan Clements observes (correctly) that most of us will never be fabulously wealthy, that we should stop feeling bad about that, and that this bizarre cultural belief leads people to be discontent with any achievement, and to chase hucksters who promise self-transformation and lunatic investment schemes. (See the full text here, and consider subscribing—while I don’t agree with him on everything, it’s always worth a read.)

As I read this, I found myself agreeing with many of his points. He’s spot on when he points out that …

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Money Mistakes to Avoid, part 1

Business Insider published “8 money mistakes the middle class keeps making” to focus on one economic group but these mistakes can be made by anyone no matter how much money they have. It is likely that the focus is on the middle class because the wealthy have enough and those who are impoverished have just enough to get by. Actually, anyone can find themselves gaining or losing wealth due to unexpected circumstances but if you follow sound financial planning principles, you can protect yourself from sudden losses.

Overall, we get messages from our culture about seizing the day. …

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