Credit Card Debt, Emotional Competence, Financial Literacy

How to Handle The “I Want’s”

A young child having a tantrum because their parents refused to cave to their “I wants” isn’t an unusual sight. But what about adults? Do we magically stop “wanting” once we become adults? I don’t think so. While we may have outgrown tantrums, we don’t always handle our grown-up “wants” much better than we did as kids.


How To Protect Your Blog Against A Brute Force Attack

Shannon is the person who helped me escape the snowy winters of Minnesota for the sandy beaches of California. She will always have a special place in my heart, so I was happy to help bring her dream of The Heavy Purse to life, which included designing and maintaining the website. It’s a pretty stress-free job, but this past Labor Day, I woke up to more than 2,000 emails, and

Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy Makes A Difference

My father gave me the gift of financial literacy and it was one of the greatest gifts he gave me. Everyone handles money and makes decisions every day on how to use their money. Too often kids leave home without even a basic understanding of how money works. This doesn’t happen because they have bad parents, but is the result of many pervading myths, including the belief that money isn’t

Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of October 14, 2013

Last week, I shared we experienced “weather” in Southern California. Well, we’re back to normal now—sunshine, blue skies and warm again. šŸ™‚ There will be no complaints from me this week. Many of my fellow Personal Finance bloggers are in St. Louis for FinCon this weekend. Unfortunately my schedule didn’t allow me attend this year, but I’m looking forward to hearing what they learned and all their fun stories!


Five Smart Fall Money Moves

Fall is a favorite season for many people, myself included. The changing colors, carving pumpkins with scary faces and kids in costumes, shouting of trick or treat, make it a fun time of year. It is also a great time to review your financial foundation and make any necessary changes.

Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of October 7, 2013

We experienced some “weather” in Southern California this week. It rained. It was sort of a big deal. Sure, a few raindrops might not cause panic where you live or be the top news story, but here, in LA, it’s big news. And it was cold. In the 60’s, I think. šŸ™‚ But I’m not complaining. Yet.

How To Deprive Avoid Feelings of Deprivation in Kids |
Children and Money

How to Avoid Creating Feelings of Deprivation in Kids

Last week, I wrote about a few popular phrases parents often say to their kids and should try to avoid, including the often used, “We can’t afford it”. This struck a chord with many of my readers, and one thought I kept circling back to was that it also makes kids feel deprived, which can be equally as dangerous as creating unintentional fear.

Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of September 30, 2013

It’s officially October and the stores are filled with Halloween costumes and candy and … Christmas decorations? I know time flies, but it made me pause when I saw the Christmas trees and ornament displays. From a business perspective, I completely understand, but from a personal viewpoint, I would like to enjoy each holiday separately before moving onto the next.

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    "As a Certified Financial Planner, it is my passion to help individuals and families build a healthy relationship with money. I look forward to helping you raise financially confident kids.ā€ - Shannon Ryan
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