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Americans spend most of their money on only 3 things

Business Insider •
Business Insider

Some people believe the surefire way to squirrel away enough money for a solid retirement is to cut out small but frequent expenses. Starbucks, quite commonly, is the whipping boy in this line of reasoning: Eliminate that sinful $5 daily coffee and you’re on your way to financial freedom.  These daily expenses can add up, but if


Build your own company

Editor, <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i>, and Janet Bodnar •

On the way to a meeting of the Women’s Leadership Forum in New York City, I settled back on the train and immersed myself in the Harvard Business School case study that would be the topic of the forum. I’ve always thought of case studies as academic exercises, but the real-life story of Linda Rabbitt,


5 signs you need money counseling, not marriage counseling

Founder, president, Ash Toumayants, and Strong Tower Associates •

Many couples blame their marriage problems on disagreements and an inability to see eye to eye. Marriage counseling is a great option for couples who need to learn how to better communicate, but it might not solve the problem that caused a disagreement in the first place, especially if the problem involves money. So because


The Mural Building: Bernie’s Book Bank


Our current mural celebrates the importance of literacy—especially financial literacy—and highlights a great local organization working to encourage reading and education: Bernie’s Book Bank.  Bernie’s Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. The organization