Keeping up with the Joneses

Keeping up with the Joneses

Why do so many people feel the pressure to keep up with the “Joneses’”? Just because someone in your circle of friends is always buying the next “must” have item or trendy new car, is it worth spending the money to keep up? There is a fine line between setting trends and being sucked into…

The Cost of Summertime Fun

The Cost of Summertime Fun

As I’m spending time with my family at a lake cottage, I began thinking about the annual cost of all the boats, skidoos and other water crafts flying by the dock. Whether it’s a camper trailer, RV, skidoo or power boat the cost of these vehicles will be incurring all year around. Going to a…

Is there a disconnect between spending and money?

Is there a disconnect between spending and money?

It’s easier than ever to spend money without even knowing it. Once upon a time, there were only three ways to spend money: Cash, Check or Charge. Now there is an app for everything and your money can flow direct from your bank account to PayPal, Uber, Park & Pay, the App store, iTunes, Fresh…

Until Debt Due Us Part.

Until Debt Due Us Part.

When working with couples,  one issue that always comes up  is secret debt.   Whether it’s credit card, student loans, IRS liens or monies owed to family and friends, it is surprising how often one spouse springs debt on the other partner after the wedding.  Unfortunately, for the unknowing spouse it’s a complete body blow. Getting…

Financial Planning is for the Now and the Future.

Financial Planning is for the Now and the Future.

After reading the article, “The value of planning for now” by Carolyn McClanahan, I was not sure if this was new. Financial planning needs to be done for everyone at all stages of life, not just those who have enough investable assets to hit the minimums required. As I meet with clients a common obstacle that…