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Do you really need a financial adviser? What do you expect a financial adviser to do for you anyway? You can get a fee only adviser to prepare a financial plan and still fail! A financial plan is just a set of financial goals based on your information! It is just a matter of setting goals and monitoring your progress. Some may call it child’s play.  How is it working for you? Read More…

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Post image for Don’t Envy the Rich!

The rich are different from you and me. (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Yes, they have more money. (Ernest Hemingway)  “They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, it makes them soft where we are hard and cynical where we are trustful in a way that unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Yes, the rich are different from you and me, they have more problems! Read More…

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Post image for How to Cope with Change

Change is inevitable! Recently, my wife and I went to New York for my sister in law’s birthday party. Since we live in Los Angeles, we had to get airline tickets, make arrangements for the dog and find a way to the airport. No big deal, we cashed in miles, our children watched the dog and we drove to the airport. If it were only that easy! You have to deal with all the possibilities and some you never thought of! Read More…

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Post image for Easy Ways to Cut Commuting Costs

How much of your monthly pay do you spend on getting to and from work? When you factor in the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your car, you could be shelling out a pretty penny. The longer your commute is, the more you could also expect to pay for car insurance and maintenance. Yet for many of us, simply walking to work is just not an option. Read More…

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Post image for 5 Smart Ways to Cut your Expenses

How I cut my expenses may provide some insight how to save money.  Some people would call me cheap!  Others may say I am frugal!  I think of myself as value conscious!  I hate to spend more money for something than I need to.  My approach may cause you to rethink how you spend your money! Find out how you can live on less without feeling deprived! Read More…

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Post image for CAMP Is the New Acronym for Retirement Readiness!

CAMP is not a place with temporary accommodations of huts, tents, or other structures, typically used by soldiers, refugees, prisoners or travelers. When I was a child, I went to camp to escape the New York summers. CAMP is not a destination! If you do not know what CAMP is, you should! CAMP is a way of realistically measuring your retirement readiness.  Read More…

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Post image for How to Buy Homeowners Insurance

Buying homeowners insurance is a necessity particularly where I live.  I live in southern California where the next big earthquake is days/weeks/months/years away!   A natural disaster that can wipe you out financially!.  I survived the Northridge earthquake without damage, but that was just luck.  California has a 99% chance of a big earthquake within thirty (30) years. Read More…

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Post image for How Do You Measure Your Progress?

I measure my progress daily, weekly, monthly and annually. I  set goals and monitor them periodically. I learned these skills very early and applied them in everything I want to accomplish. If you want to achieve  financial or other goals, you need to monitor your progress. How you measure your progress is important for success ! Here is the secret to my success! Read More…

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Post image for Is It Too Late to Buy a Home?

Are you too late to buy a home at a bargain price? Home values are going up all over the country and you may be too late! If you are looking for the perfect time to buy a home, you probably missed it. Similar to the stock market, timing the market is difficult if not impossible. Real estate is cyclical and it goes up and down! The best time to buy a home is when you can afford it.  Read More…

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Post image for July 4th is Independence Day

Happy Independence Day! July 4th is also my sister in law’s birthday. If that were not enough, my father in law’s birthday was December 25th. Why does that matter? Holidays are great times for celebration and more so if it is your birthday. There is a downside to this too! Your birthday takes second place to the holiday. Either way, it is special and you get the day off automatically. What do you think?  Read More…

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