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CBS Sunday Morning – Battle for a Living Wage

I was a part of this recent piece with Erin Moriarty on CBS Sunday Morning, “Battle for a Living Wage.”  (You can catch me around the 5:45 mark). The piece is about the movement to raise the minimum wage to a “living wage” of $15/hour.  My contribution was to take a look at the budget […]

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October Garden Report

                    Fall is finally here, and the leaves seem more beautiful than ever.  My garden is winding down for the year, but here is what happened in October: Fall vegetables are here!  We’ve had plenty of beets, carrots and butternut squash this month. Sweet potatoes were […]

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Raise Your Standards

Certain financial goals are written about over and over again. Spend less than you earn Pay off your debt Get insurance Have an emergency fund Save for retirement But what happens after you have more or less met those financial goals? What do you do next? Raise your standards! Sure, you may be doing better financially […]

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Financial Planning for Divorce? A Checklist to Keep it all Straight

If you are going through a divorce, you know that you’ll need to develop an accurate picture of the finances for your family.  But what do you need? It’s an emotional time, which can make it easy to miss things.  Here is a checklist to help. Please download through DIVORCE DOCUMENT CHECKLIST if you would like […]

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Saving Clients from Financially Needly Loved Ones

When a client planning a move to a Manhattan co-op apartment asked advisor Sara Stanich if she should buy a two-bedroom rather than a one-bedroom — just in case her son needed a place to crash after graduating college — the answer was clear: no. But Stanich took a slow, nuanced route to that answer that spanned […]

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September Garden Report: Preserving the Harvest

Instead of my usual monthly post about what’s happening in my garden, I decided to write about what it is exactly I do with all those tomatoes … canning! Here is how I do it: What You’ll Need Tomatoes. Roma or plum tomatoes are the best. You need a LOT of tomatoes to make this worthwhile, by […]

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Guest Post: What You Need to Know About the New Affordable Healthcare Insurance Exchange

I think we all have questions about the new healthcare exchanges – I know I do!  My friend (and health insurance expert) Pai Gee-Janssens was kind enough to answer the questions she is hearing the most.  Thanks Pai! ============================================================= While the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA or Obamacare, has been the law of the land […]

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Tax Advantages of Retirement Accounts

This is the sixth post in my “Taxes for Your Family” series. I’m always surprised when people don’t take advantage of tax-advantaged retirement accounts. Don’t they realize it’s the best deal Uncle Sam has going? Here are four ways saving in a retirement account is better than regular savings or brokerage account: 1. Save Taxes […]

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Summer Garden Report

Time for a quick update on the garden!  It seems like weird weather had more of an effect this summer, but maybe it always seems that way? We had an extremely rainy June, a HOT July and a strangely rainy August.  The hot weather was definitely detrimental to beans, broccoli, spinach, even the zucchini.  The […]

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Five Questions About 529 Plans

Have you been considering opening a 529 college savings plan?  Contributing to our son’s college education is one of my personal goals.  I went to an expensive private university (NYU), and I am still paying down those pesky student loans.  We started a 529 plan with some baby gifts, and have been contributing in small […]

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