Planning matters

Spending Awareness

As we’ve spoken about previously in What’s the Magic Number?, in many ways your spending is key to meeting financial goals or even being able to retire. Does that mean everyone needs a strict budget? Not necessarily. However, I would argue that everyone needs spending awareness. Before my husband and I purchased a house, I…

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How is Your Financial Health?

It’s easy to maintain our physical well-being with diet and exercise but when is the last time you checked on your financial health? There are several aspects to financial health—many which Johnson Bixby can assist with diagnosing and treating. However, there are few things you can do on your own. Let’s take a look: Set…

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How to Raise Financially Responsible Children

Growing up I wasn’t taught how to handle the household finances, let alone money in general. When I started earning an income, I didn’t know what to do with it. When raising a child you want nothing more than to set them up in life. You want them to be resilient and successful. Below we…

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Back-to-School Shopping Budgeting Tips

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down and the kids are preparing to go back to school already! If you have kids, you may have already heard the requests for specific back-to-school supplies and clothing necessities. As my kids are letting me know all the things they “need” before school starts, the calculator…

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Why a simple budget is a great place to start

Whenever I talk with friends or peers about what I do, I essentially get asked the same thing, “How do I save?” Which leads to the question, “do you have a budget?” Often when talking to friends about finances, I find most millennials don’t have a budget. This is likely because they don’t even know…

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