All I Want For Back To School Is My Trapper Keeper

It’s officially back-to-school time in the state of Georgia which means polishing up the old routine of making lunches, doing homework, and the frantic mornings of getting everyone on the bus or into the carpool on time.    It is also that time of the year where you are going to begin stocking up on school supplies if you haven’t it done so already.  All I can remember from my childhood and teen years was my mom taking me to the local K-Mart to pick up a few Bic pens, some No. 2 Ticonderoga pencils, and my color coded Trapper Keeper to organize my classes.   Nowadays we’ve got an entirely different routine with school systems providing lists instructing us to practically buy an entire shopping cart of school supplies. This year, my two middle school children have lists both in excess of thirty items that were ‘necessary’ for them to get.   It seems every year the list gets larger and larger.  So what can you do to save money when it…

How Does Boredom Equal Making Money?

Have you ever heard that phrase, “you should try to be brilliant at being boring?”   With all of the technological advances in computers, hundreds of channels on the cable TV, and music any way that …

Are My Withholdings For Taxes Correct?

Since tax season has just passed, you are probably in one of two states of minds.   Either a) you love your CPA because you got a big refund, or b) you hate your CPA because …

Does Your 401(k) Offer An “In Service” Distribution?

For Generation X clients, the majority of their retirement savings are in the company 401(k).   While you do have a multitude of options of what you can do with your 401(k) if you leave your …

Please Slap My Hand When I Spend Money!

For Generation X, I’ve noticed something over the past couple of years around money that seems to becoming a trend.    Even though you are college educated (maybe an MBA), have a great job as a …

5 Things You Won’t Hear At The College Graduation Commencement Speech

It’s been over 20 years since I heard my college graduation commencement speech.  I can’t say I remember very much of it except that it was like hearing some sort of State Of The Union …

5 Ways To Cut Down Your Cell Phone Bill

Many of the clients I sit down with tell me how their basic bills continue to rise year over year.   Two of the main monthly costs that keep going up and up for many families …

The Home Office Deduction: Is This Really An IRS Red Flag?

During this time of tax season, we often find last minute filers asking questions about what deductions they can or cannot take based upon whether they think they’ll owe money or get a tax refund.   …

Google For Coupons?

With the proliferation of so many coupon sites, it can truly get dizzying trying to figure out how to manage the never ending stream of deals that hit your e-mail every day.   Some of the …

Top 10 Unusual Scholarships

It’s that time of year where parents and students alike are searching for the millions of dollars of potential scholarships, grants, and financial aid that can be found to hedge against the cost of the …