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10 Tools and Apps That Can Save Time and Money

by Sophia Bera May 20, 2015

Have you experienced that moment when you realize how time consuming just maintaining your life can be? Between work and errands and your social life and the needs of your family, it can be tough to find free time — especially free time for yourself. But here’s the good news: we’ve never had so many […]

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5 Signs It’s Time to Start Your Own Business

by Sophia Bera May 6, 2015

Entrepreneurship offers a world of opportunities for those who can manage being their own bosses and running their own businesses. I believe it’s the new job security for my generation. No longer are you at the mercy of your boss — you can take action and create your own work, career, and business. But that […]

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Wholly Healthy: How to Stay Physically and Financially Fit

by Sophia Bera April 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: This post comes to us from Gen Y Planning team member, Megan!  What does it mean to be wholly healthy? When people talk about overall health and wellness, they usually refer to exercise and nutrition; maybe even relationships, career, and spirituality. What typically gets ignored is your financial health. So really, what do […]

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Financial Planning for the Next Generation

by Sophia Bera April 8, 2015

Financial planning for the next generation is more important than ever. Over the next 30 years, $30 TRILLION in wealth will transfer from one generation to the next. There’s a clear need to provide financial planning services to members of Gen X and Gen Y, as they’re going to be seeing that wealth and will need […]

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4 Steps to Negotiate a Raise You Deserve

by Sophia Bera March 25, 2015

Whether you just landed a new job or worked in your position for over a year, you might find it intimidating to negotiate a raise in pay. It’s tough to talk about money and ask for more. You want to make sure you are not overstepping your boundaries, or asking too much — but you also want […]

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4 Tips to Overcome the Fear of Spending So You Can Enjoy Your Cash

by Sophia Bera March 11, 2015

In our quest to save money for emergencies, retirement, and future goals, it’s easy to develop a fear of spending money. But that’s not the right money mindset — or a healthy one — to maintain. As long as you can cover the basics, like having an emergency fund and saving consistently for retirement, you are allowed […]

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Stash Your Cash: How Do You Compare?

by Sophia Bera February 25, 2015

American Express recently released a survey that shed some light on the savings habits of Americans for 2015. The survey shared not only what people are saving for, but where they’re saving — and that includes stashing cash in secret places around their homes! It was also interesting to see what, specifically, Millennials are saving for […]

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The Gen Y Guide to Empowered Personal Finance is Here

by Sophia Bera February 11, 2015

Ever felt like you missed out on critical financial education? Too many of us in Gen Y feel that way, and no wonder — if your parents didn’t teach you about money or set a good example for you to follow, you probably didn’t learn about money anywhere else. There’s no required course in grade school that explains […]

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What Should Your Emergency Fund Look Like?

by Sophia Bera January 28, 2015

Starting an emergency fund can sound like a daunting task. 3 to 6 months’ of your income, in one place? That’s a big number! You may think you don’t even need an emergency fund. But don’t be fooled into this line of thought. After all, it’s hard to know exactly when an unexpected expense will pop up […]

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Make a Plan for Your Money in 2015

by Sophia Bera January 14, 2015

Ready to create an amazing year for yourself? After some reflection on last year’s finances, you’re ready to think about how you’ll do more with your money in 2015! (If you’d prefer a cartoon version of kicking butt with your money goals in 30 minutes, head over to my friend, Stephanie Halligan’s blog, The Empowered Dollar. Otherwise, keep […]

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