College Costs How Much? Why School Is So Expensive and Tips To Save Better

2021-07-01T13:54:24+00:00July 15, 2021|529 Savings Plan, Blog, College Planning, Family Financial Information|

As many of you probably already know, the average cost of college in the United States has skyrocketed over the last couple of decades. In a 20-year time frame (according to, the average price per year has tripled and is now roughly $35,720. That is $142,880 for a 4-year degree!   Why have college costs ballooned so much? What can parents and students do to prepare for this financial burden? College Tuition Is On The [...]

10 Hidden Costs of Buying a Home

2021-06-07T13:32:04+00:00September 22, 2020|Blog, Family Financial Information, Real Estate|

Buying a house is exciting - and stressful. When it comes to purchasing your new home, it’s important to be realistic about what you can expect to pay. Beyond mortgage and insurance, there are additional costs all new homeowners need to factor in to their buying budget. We’ve gathered up 10 hidden costs we believe every new homebuyer should be aware of when it comes to purchasing their next home. Cost #1: Property Taxes Some [...]

How Our Family Handles Allowance

2020-01-12T15:31:24+00:00January 12, 2020|Blog, Family Financial Information|

Guest Blog Post: I had my wife, Angie, write the blog this month. She and I work together on our family allowance, but I like her simple explanation of our system and thought you would all enjoy hearing from someone else for a change.  We’ve received questions lately about how John and I handle allowance in our family and I thought it would be most expedient if I typed it out in a blog post [...]

Where were you in 1985?

2014-10-09T10:20:22+00:00October 9, 2014|Blog, Family Financial Information|

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 perspective just how long the playoff drought has been for our beloved Royals, here are some other interesting facts from [...]

Kansas City December Family Events

2013-12-02T17:24:21+00:00December 2, 2013|Blog, Family Financial Information|

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 are now almost done with our shopping for them. This year, we're trying to spend more TIME with our children [...]

Yikes: Private College Tuition for 2013 Babies

2013-11-19T20:00:48+00:00November 19, 2013|Blog, Family Financial Information|

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 experienced over the last 30 years (+5.7% per year) continued into the future, the aggregate 4-year cost of the child’s [...]

Halloween: Bargains for your Ghosts and Goblins

2012-10-04T13:23:48+00:00October 4, 2012|Blog, Family Financial Information|

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 do.  As far as candy is concerned, my parents did something I thought was always smart:  They tallied the number [...]

Re-Post: Ten Ways to Teach Children About Money

2012-07-03T13:10:38+00:00July 3, 2012|Blog, Family Financial Information|

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 your children build some of those goal setting/goal meeting values that we all hope our children will have. So… in [...]

Chores and Allowances: My Favorite Strategies

2012-02-10T12:58:24+00:00February 10, 2012|Blog, Family Financial Information|

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 to our readers because so often, when you read something, it’s from just one person, touting one specific approach.  As [...]


2011-10-11T06:02:26+00:00October 11, 2011|Family Financial Information, Uncategorized|

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, and blog since 2009. With a mission to save moms time and money, Gail’s Scoop founder Gail Keller is now [...]

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