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Coach's Corner: Tips for Successful Adulting

I would have paid more attention to my finances when I first started working after I graduated high school. Here are a few of the things you need to keep in mind as you join the real world.
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Not Just for Kids Anymore: When Child's Play Meets Adult Incomes

Back in the “good ol’ days” there were kids and there were grownups. Kids spent their free time running around the neighborhood or engaged with their favorite toys and hobbies. Grownups went to work, and then they came home to clean or read the newspaper (or at least that’s what they did on popular television shows). Maybe mom was a member of the local bridge club and dad tinkered with the car in the garage on weekends, but that was about it as far as hobbies went.

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Real Life Budgets: Paying for Day Care

Not only does it take a lot emotionally and physically to give birth to and raise a child, but it takes a hit on the hopefully well-oiled financial system you have (correction: had) in place.
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Real Life Budgets: Attending Phoenix Comicon

With the rise of popularity in comic books, video games and everything once thought to be nerdy, comic book conventions have become an event that many people like to attend. More commonly referred to as Comic Con, Comicon or just Con, these fan based conventions are held around the world. Don’t let the name fool you, though. These shows are for more than just comics: they include all things pop culture. We have several cons hosted around the Valley.

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The Cost of Owning a Dog: A Real Life Budget

We all love our pets. Yeah, they can drive us crazy at times (like when they ate that … fill in the blank here), but they’re a big part of our families. Adopting a pet is a big decision, and some are more expensive than others. A goldfish is going to cost less than a dog, for instance, but the reward of owning a dog is worth so much more than the cost. There’s something special about the wagging tail on a walk, the wet doggy kisses, or the snuggles on a cold night that these excited door greeters (and protectors) bring to a home.

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Money Saving Apps: Super Store Edition

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all get the best possible deal on what we’re buying WITHOUT having to remember, first, to bring along coupons and, second, which stores will price match or accept competitor coupons? Most of us are busy and have it hard enough trying to find the time to just go to the store, let alone searching the ads, planning out coupons and making the trip to multiple stores!

Luckily, a few of the larger retailers are helping us save – even when we don’t have time to coupon shop. Here are my favorite ways to save:



Coach's Corner: The True Cost of Convenience

I don’t mean to complain, but sometimes it’s hard being a working parent. Even though there are two of us sharing the load, between our differing job schedules, drop-offs at the sitter, shopping so we don’t have to live on ramen, household chores and everything else, sometimes (a lot of times) I get tired. I’ll bet you do, too.

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Don't Buy a House Without Doing These 5 Things First!

Thinking about buying a home? Taking a few steps now to get your financial house in order will help you once you’re ready to buy
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40 Tips for Your Financial Journey

Your personal financial journey is full of choices. Whether you’re just starting out or cruising toward retirement, here’s our top advice for smooth travels.
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How to set up a Spending Plan

Budget. A nasty six-letter word that most of us conveniently leave out of our vocabulary. We’ve created this video to help you get started with your spending plan (a.k.a. budget).