3 Money and Life Lessons for College Graduates

Editor’s Note: Tanya from Eat Laugh Purr is back to share some practical advice for college graduates. If you’re interested in guesting posting at The Heavy Purse, please read our guidelines before submitting your request. It’s been more years than I care to admit since I took that fateful walk across my college’s gymnasium stage to accept my hard-earned college degree. I was the first in my family to graduate

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Happy Memorial Day |

Happy Memorial Day: Thank You for Your Service

Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I want to take a moment to thank all the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and honor those who have given their lives to protect our way of life. Thank you for your service and the sacrifices you and your family make, so we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we do today and every day.

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Generational Student Debt in America #Infographic |

Generational Student Debt in America #Infographic

Student debt has topped 1 trillion dollars and many parents today worry about how they (and/or their kids) will pay for their college education. It’s an opportunity and advantage we want to give our kids, but the rising costs make it feel out of reach for many. Like most things we want, we need to create a plan and it starts by educating ourselves, so we can make smart decisions

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5 Rules to College Success

Another school year is winding down and many young adults are getting ready to cross that bridge into the next chapter of their lives: college. It is an exciting and scary time for college-bound kids and their parents. There is a lot of planning that goes into making college a successful experience, especially when it comes to paying for it. Today, I’m going to walk you through 5 steps to

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Blog Roundup: May Edition |
Weekly Roundup

Blog Round-Up: May Edition

We got some much needed rain on Thursday and should get some more rain today. The cold, gloomy weather is a bit of a downer for sunny SoCal, but the rain is very welcome. Hopefully, wherever you are, May is bringing green grass, flowers and warmer temperatures to you. I can’t wait until the weather gets warmer and we can get back to the beach. What are you looking forward

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Teaching Kids Your Family Money Values #video |

Teaching Kids Your Family Money Values

In my previous video, I shared the best answer to “I want” which are two words that strike fear in every parent’s heart. Being able to calmly provide an answer that stops tears from morphing into a full-blown tantrum is something you want in your repertoire, not only for your children’s wants but also your own because we never outgrow wanting things. A family save goal is a great start

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Happy Mother's Day |

What Gift Moms Want This Mother’s Day #Infographic

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and it’s always one of my favorite holidays. It may be heavily commercialized but celebrating our mothers is important. To give thanks and share our love with our mothers (and maybe work in an apology or two for those teen years) and to receive it back as both a daughter and mother is a real privilege. In honor of our mothers, I have a fun

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Fun Money Activities for Kids this Summer |
Children and Money

Fun Money Activities for Kids Ages 3-18

It’s hard to believe but soon school will be out with kids ready to spend afternoons at the pool or park or hanging out with friends. Thoughts of reading, writing and arithmetic will be replaced with concocting various ways to have fun (or create mischief) instead. Of course, I’ve never believed that fun and learning cannot coexist peacefully together. In fact, my kids embrace money lessons when they are fun

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