Money Management

The following post is from Melissa Batai After my grandfather died, my grandmother moved into a retirement community.  She had her own little kitchen, a dining room, living room, and a bedroom.  There were plenty of activities that she could join like bus trips for shopping, weekly card games, and talent shows.  For someone who […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai My husband and I are big believers in combined accounts for married couples. We share a checking and savings account. Our paychecks are deposited into the same account, and we don’t have any “his money/her money” accounts. For us it works better, though I know that […]

How to Handle Finances When Making a Move

by TTMK on February 3, 2015 · 6 comments

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai Last July, our family moved 2,000 miles, from the suburbs of Chicago to Tucson, Arizona. I thought the most challenging part would be purging our stuff, packing up our remaining stuff, living in a vacation rental for a month while we searched for a house, buying […]

Can you imagine not being able to discuss retirement with your spouse? As in, being able to say that you’ve never, ever discussed the topic with your significant other before? According to a study that was referenced in a WSJ article, only 39% of people surveyed had ever discussed retirement with their significant other. Think […]

Windfalls and Money Management Skills

by TTMK on October 6, 2014 · 12 comments

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai Have you ever received a windfall? If so, you know the sense of excitement and possibility that come from it, especially if your money is typically very tight. A windfall can be a blessing that helps you become more successful in life, or it can be […]

So, how do emotions, money, and a storage unit all relate to one another? I’ll tell you. Someone I know, a nice person I might add, ended a long-term relationship a number of years ago. Actually, it was about 5 years ago. Clearly, the end of such long-term relationships can be difficult, and apparently this […]

When we are younger, it seems like we have our whole life ahead of us. Anything can happen of course, but for the typical person, there would probably be another 60 years to go. That’s a long time, and a lot can happen! Life is full of milestones, and great activities. We are blessed to […]

Should You Rent a Safe Deposit Box?

by TTMK on April 14, 2014 · 2 comments

We often have some really important documents and possessions that we simply don’t want to lose.  These are physical papers or jeweler, for example, that we simply can’t scan and store a copy on the cloud.  Rather, we really want to make sure that we keep the items safe and untouched so they won’t get […]

You can always borrow for college, but you can’t borrow for retirement. In a nutshell, that encapsulates the bottom line of the saving for college vs. saving for retirement question.  Kids have options for college, but it’s not like the options are quite there when people are older and needing money for retirement. It’s been […]

Every now and then we come across some “interesting” people when going out and about.  Whether it’s at the grocery store, a ballgame, or maybe a restaurant – among other locales – it’s possible to find people who are less than polite.  On rare occasion, we might even see someone throw a tantrum like a […]