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Steps to Your Perfect Summer Vacation

May is almost over and many of us are looking forward to our summer vacations. We don’t have a big trip planned this year, but our summer is still jam-packed with activities for the girls, short trips and plenty of beach time. Beyond fun and relaxation, vacations provide plenty of teachable money moments too.

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The Heavy Purse

Happy Memorial Day

Today we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who died serving in the United States Armed Forces. America certainly has its fair share of problems, but there is no place I’d rather call home. I am grateful to those who gave their lives, so that we could continue to enjoy the many freedoms we do today.

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Emotional Competence

Finding Your Money Happiness at the Empowering Mothers Benefits Brunch

Last Saturday, I had the great honor of joining my friends, Christine Havey Smith and Stephanie Dreyer at the Empowering Mothers Benefits Brunch. It was a wonderful event where we celebrated motherhood with a healthy dose of knowledge, laughter and inspiration. I had the privilege of helping these Moms find their money happiness.

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College

The College Conversation: 3 Important Components

Given the signficant investment college has become, most parents focus their attention on saving money to help offset those costs and take a more passive role when it comes to choosing where their child goes to school. They accept their child’s decision without really crunching the numbers. This is a mistake. Kids won’t automatically think to do that and even if they do, those numbers won’t mean much without some

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College

How to Create a Parental Financial Aid Package

There are thousands, if not millions of books, on parenthood. Many have lots of good information and valid points, but one thing I have discovered is that “doing” isn’t always easy when it comes to our own children. One area that I have seen countless parents struggle with is cutting the financial cord. This tends to become readily apparent when children are college-bound, standing at the crossroads of Mom and

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Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of May 12, 2014

It’s been a hot week here in Southern California, which is unusual for us. There are some bad wildfires burning in the LA and San Diego area, so to my friends and readers in those areas—be safe! In happier news, I will be speaking at the Empowering Mothers Benefits Brunch this Saturday. Please help spread the word and if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there!

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Guest Posts

How To Help Your Child Finance College: A Step-By-Step Guide

Hi, everyone. Today I’m over at Vosa talking about wants versus needs, so please be sure to check out my post there. I am so pleased to welcome Natalie, The Finance Girl. She has prepared a very thorough step-by-step guide on financing your child’s college education. If you would like to guest post at The Heavy Purse, please review our guest post policy and contact us with your idea. It’s

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Children and Money, Guest Posts

Teach Kids about Want vs Need Now to Avoid Debt Later

We’ve all been in a store when a child goes into a nuclear meltdown over a toy he wants. He shouts “I want this” while his parents try to calm him down. Sometimes we give them a nod of sympathy and understanding. Other times we are just grateful that it’s not our child screaming on the floor. When a child is in the midst of a full-blown tantrum, it can

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College

To Save for Retirement or College? Which Is the Better Choice?

The weather is warming up, which means the school year is winding down. For us, summer vacation doesn’t begin until June, so Lauren and Taylor still have a few more weeks of school to enjoy, although most students are already daydreaming about summer. It’s also the time of year in my community where many High School Seniors start proudly wearing t-shirts and hoodies in their college colors and logos, which

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Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: Week of May 5, 2014

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and I’m a big fan of a day that celebrates mothers. 🙂 It was a journey that I almost missed and am so grateful I didn’t. Being a working Mom isn’t always easy but hearing Lauren and Taylor shout “Mommy” and the daily hugs and “I love you’s” make it worthwhile. This week I actually talked about my juggle as a working Mom over at

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Shannon Ryan SHANNON RYAN, CFP®
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