Haitian blues

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. – Miguel De Cervantes I’ve been deeply affected by what happened in Haiti last week. It’s shocking, painful and the worst part of it all is how uncertain that nation’s future will remain to be for some time. How … Read More

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Don’t go it alone

“There are generations yet unborn, whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take.” – Andy Andrews How did the first week of the decade go for you? How are you feeling … financially? As I wrote last week, the start of the year is pretty important, in my opinion. And … Read More

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Start the decade right

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. – Henry David Thoreau Well, now the holidays are truly behind us, and this is the week where reality sets in for everybody. No more family (which might be a relief?), no more parties, no more presents. Just…daily life. And, in my opinion, this week is actually crucial to how … Read More

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Last week to lower your tax bill?

“If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” – Richard Bach I trust you’re recovering from all the holiday sweets and family fun? My body might need a few weeks, probably! Last week, I wrote a plea to make sure that you don’t let the … Read More

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Are you ready for 2010?

“If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen.” – Desiderius Erasmus 2009 is drawing to a close…. Have you done everything you can to protect yourself in 2009 from the IRS tax hounds? I’m not sure if you know this, but the federal government … Read More

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The best presents for the season (not what you think)

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope Well, my family is deep into the holiday season. No matter your religious persuasion, it’s pretty difficult to avoid the non-stop merchant clamor to “buy stuff” in order to properly celebrate what started as a spiritual season. And yes, I’m a … Read More

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Thanksgiving recovery begins now

“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.” – Unknown Apparently, I ruffled some feathers last week with my subject line: “Thanks for nothing”. Well, in a … Read More

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Thanks for nothing

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer Alright, I don’t really mean that. And it’s not some gimmick to get you to read this blog post. No, as your family’s Personal Financial Guide, I’ve got some words to say about your peace-of-mind–and what leads to TRUE wealth. THIS week–this happy … Read More

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How to stay poor

“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.” – Horace Can you feel the holiday “crunch” beginning? In our house, the calendar is beginning to fill up with parties, family activities and much more. Around this time of year, my … Read More

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You get the credit

“The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has.” -Will Rogers Your family’s Personal Financial Guide is here, and we’ve got some bad news to start the week…as well as some good news for many from the past weekend. (Btw, I’m not referring to the healthcare bill passing the House, as I’m not going … Read More

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