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Is College Worth it Today? An Alternative Idea

When I went to college ( U. Of  Iowa) the out-of-state cost was around $5,000.  Four years and $20,000 or so later I and was done (thanks again mom and dad for paying). My first salaried job paid me $19,500, or almost the equivalent of what my four-year Big Ten school education cost.  For the […]

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Can You Afford College & Retirement?

I believe most people in our area under the age of 60 are completely unprepared ( although most people aren’t aware of this) to maintain their lifestyle without their current income.  What do you think?  Not saving enough, starting too late and a lavish lifestyle (compared to our parents) are three major reasons you may […]

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Father/Son Journey Continues

Yes, I am living vicariously through my son, Jake’s, youth baseball career.  It’s been a fun, interesting, and at times an exasperating experience so far.  Did I mention, expensive? We just spent the past five days in Ft. Myers as he traveled with a special group of players representing Bo Jackson’s Elite team in a […]

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What Did You Pay For Your Kid’s College? Please Respond

I’ve heard that public colleges continue to raise prices dramatically while many private schools are offering discounted prices.  WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD OR EXPERIENCED? Please respond in the “reply” section at the bottom of the page. Also, see what others have spent on college. I have three kids that will be there soon as well […]

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A 2012 Holiday Gift for You

Happy December!  With the days counting down to Christmas, year-end and the impending buzz on the Fiscal Cliff, I just wanted to send you a brief message and direct you to a few of our posts that have received considerable attention, most likely because they relate to issues most near and dear to our own personal lives…college […]

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You’re Not Alone – Who Can Afford College Today? College Calculator

College costs for kids today are ridiculous and unaffordable for most people. We are in this together.  I have three children ages 14,13 and 11 that are planning on attending four-year colleges as of now.  The future costs could be close to $500,000 depending on what schools they attend!!!!  Take a look at my College […]

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Fiscal Cliff Financial Planning – Helping You Keep Your Cash from Being Taxed

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing tax saving strategies for you and your family and friends to fight back and keep more of your hard-earned money. As I write this, there is uncertainty about what will happen with the schedule tax increases and federal spending cuts. While federal tax planning in up in […]

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Head in the Sand? Are You Happy With Where You Are Financially?

You are where you are today because of the decisions you have made in your life. We usually get what we deserve in life.  When it comes to money, how you handle your monthly cash flow is the single most important factor in your financial success or failure.  As a financial planner, my idea of […]

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Back to School…

As the summer winds down, many of us face the challenge of sending our darling children back to the classroom.  Many of you have kids that are about to take the big step that occurs after high school…College.  College sticker prices these days can match the price tag on a high end automobile. But there’s […]

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