Where were you in 1985?

The Kansas City Royals were last in playoffs in 1985 and won the World Series, often referred to as the I-70 Series since a 4 hour drive down Interstate 70 was all that separated the two teams. With both teams still alive in the playoffs, could it happen again this year??!! To put in to [...]

October 9th, 2014|

Kansas City December Family Events

Hi there-- yes, everyone is bombarding you with "Save Big!" and "Buy Now!" but please, for the love of your bank account, stick to your budget. Don't go nuts just because it's Christmas. For Angie and I, our largest expenditure is on our kids. We have picked out a few gifts, determined a budget, and [...]

December 2nd, 2013|

Yikes: Private College Tuition for 2013 Babies

Did you have a baby this year? We did! Check out these staggering numbers: A child born in 2013 that begins kindergarten in the fall of 2018 would attend college between the years of 2031 and 2035.  If that child attended an average private 4-year college and if the annual price increases for private colleges [...]

November 19th, 2013|

Halloween: Bargains for your Ghosts and Goblins

Guest Blog Post by Angie Chladek I find costumes/Halloween to be totally daunting.   This year, in addition to the creative piece being difficult for me, the costumes seem a little too “grown-up” for our four-year-old daughter.  I’ve done a lot of looking at all the outlets listed below, and you’ll see what I opted to [...]

October 4th, 2012|

Re-Post: Ten Ways to Teach Children About Money

A few years back, I found this fabulous blog by Alison Van Dyke, and each time I read it I'm reminded how current the ideas still are today.  She was a fee-only financial planner in San Francisco who worked specifically with new parents.  The ideas she posted are easy, fun, and best of all- help [...]

July 3rd, 2012|

Chores and Allowances: My Favorite Strategies

Guest Blog Post - Angie Chladek Our oldest daughter, Olivia, is 3 years-old, fiercely independent, and my biggest “helper.”  As such, I’ve been researching lots of different approaches for chores and allowances to see what fits with our financial and parenting philosophies. I wanted to publish this information in a format that would be useful [...]

February 10th, 2012|

Gail’s Scoop: BE HEALTHY, SAVE MONEY, and HAVE FUN

Busy parents need all the help they can get.  If you’re struggling to sift through the bombardment of information, Gail’s Scoop is for you.  Get all the information you need to BE HEALTHY, SAVE MONEY, and HAVE FUN in JoCo. Gail’s Scoop has been keeping thousands of local parents informed through a local newsletter, social media, [...]

October 11th, 2011|

Teaching Kids Healthy Money Habits

As a parent, have you ever thought, ‘If I had the financial information I have now, I would not have made those mistakes. How can I make sure this doesn’t happen to my kids?’ Children need strong boundaries and moderation to thrive.  They need to know their limits for their own security.  Financial matters are [...]

October 7th, 2011|

Should You Refinance? Low Rates Aren’t Necessarily A Green Light

There is a lot of hype about refinancing your mortgage and you’ll often hear statements like, “Rates have never been lower!”  The truth is, interest rates are low right now (and Ben Bernanke stated in late June that he expects they’ll stay low for a while). However, even when they’re at their lowest, refinancing depends [...]

July 12th, 2011|

Be Debt Free

My wife often says, “I love a little hardship; I’d recommend it to anyone!”  She doesn’t say this with blind optimism - she has experienced living meagerly (after living well for most of her life), and believes (as I do) that we are better people and that we have a stronger marriage because of all [...]

July 12th, 2011|