Category Archives: Finances

The Giving Season and the Thoughtful Giver

It’s that time of year again. Since before Hallowe’en, US stores have been sneaking Christmas items onto their shelves. Blue and silver Hannakuh wrapping paper and red and green Christmas candies have appeared everywhere, and seasonal music has begun playing … Continue reading

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Future Challenge – So What’s the Plan?

Challenge #26 Everyone has a horror story of an estate (big or small) that wasn’t settled smoothly.  Usually it’s because there was no will (or no updated will), or because the contents of the will came as an unhappy surprise … Continue reading

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Where there’s a Will… Why Everybody Needs a Plan – Part 3

This month, a friend of a friend suddenly lost her husband. In the days that followed, my friend and another buddy circled the wagons and, along with the new widow’s family, offered their support to her. Friends are wonderful at … Continue reading

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Why Everybody Needs a Plan – Part 2, or Where’s Mom’s Checkbook?

Caregiving for an older person has so many aspects. There are physical and health issues. There are housing and recreational needs. And then there are the bills. I’ve been through this with three parents now – my own two and my … Continue reading

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That’s the Way the Money Goes!

All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel. The monkey stopped to scratch his nose. Pop! goes the weasel. A penny for a spool of thread, a penny for a needle –  That’s the way the money goes, … Continue reading

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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That…

So, I’m back to my game of Financing Retirement. The Money In half of the equation doesn’t start when we turn fifty or sixty.  The things we do all through our adult lives will set the stage for retirement planning. … Continue reading

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