The Money Pie: The World’s Easiest Household Budget

How to Set up a Budget It's so easy to get frustrated with our personal and household budgets. After all, who wants to categorize every single expense, estimate them months into the future, only to find out (it always seems) that your income...

Check (Android App Review)

Review of the App: Check 4th Review in the Series: Check (formerly Pageonce) According to the guidelines for my personal finance app review for my Android phone and/or...

Personal Capital (Android App Review)

Personal Finance Apps 3rd Review in the Series: Personal Capital Finance According to the guidelines for my personal finance app review for my Android phone and/or...

Children’s Financial Book Review-Berenstain Bears Trouble with Money

Book Review: Berenstain Bears' Trouble With Money I love to read! It's not that I don't enjoy a fun movie with the family (especially with popcorn generously sprinkled with peanut or plain M&Ms), but for me, reading is the luxury I can never seem to afford time-wise as much as I would like. So, when...

Oregon Jump$tart Conference

Oregon Jump$tart What a great time I had with the teachers attending Financial Beginnings' first every Jump$tart Teacher Training Alliance conference earlier this week in Portland, Oregon! Financial Beginnings Executive Director, Melody Bell, her entire staff (Anne, Sarah, and Basha), and Oregon Jump$tart's Chair, <a href="http://orjumpstart.org/MeetTheBoard"...

Medical & Collections Change in Credit Score

Changes To Credit Scoring Regarding Medical & Collections Debt The following information is based upon just two reports on the subject, and, consequently, should be considered a preliminary evaluation of...

Number of American Adults with Bankruptcy on Their Credit Report

How Many Adults Have Bankruptcy on Their Credit Report? How many of your acquaintances (family, friends, neighbors, fellow parishioners, club members, etc) have a bankruptcy filing on their credit report? One? Two? Think again! I'll get to the answer in a moment, but first... how I got there: <a title="NY Times Report on how...

6 Things That Drive Non-Bankruptcy Filers Bonkers

Things to Consider About Those Who Have Filed Bankruptcy Having worked since 2006 with individuals and couples going through personal bankruptcy, I know that the vast majority of them are doing their best to fix their finances and, given the choice, would much prefer to pay off their debts on their own. Our...

Savings Not Adding Up?

When Is Saving NOT Saving? Over the years, I've taught many workshops and classes that involve topics directly or indirectly related to saving money. During such times together with students of all ages (and I mean ALL ages), I've often sensed a low-level, often hidden, sense of confusion about what "saving" really means. We all...