Category Archives: Personal Finance

Money-Saving Apps Part 2 I am back with another 3 great “money-saving” apps to share. Cardpool Cardpool is one of my favorites. I use it all the time to buy discounted gift cards for Starbucks, AMC and Nike purchases. They have gift cards for Target, Costco, Gas stations and plenty others. You do have to spend the money upfront to buy the gift card, but I usually purchase the “instant cards” from my phone app right before I know I amRead More

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My father’s family has been in the produce and grocery business since the 1930’s and have owned stores in Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Saratoga, California. He started working in the stores when he was 12. Growing up, I would always watch him diligently shop for fresh produce, and over the years, I have learned many tips and tricks . Here are some of my favorites, since summer is right around the corner. 1. Washing produce – Did you knowRead More

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Best Money-Saving Apps of 2017   Check out these money-saving apps that will save you time and money, with little effort. Ebates.com Ebates.com gives you a percentage (%) of cash back for online purchases (and a few in-store purchases as well). Create an account on their website, choose where you are online shopping, and they will automatically calculate your savings once you make the purchase.  In fact, they send you a $10 gift card just for signing up.  Cons: You can’tRead More

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I asked Cinda Jones, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and owner of Divorce Financial Solutions, to help me answer this complicated question.  Please note that these answers are general in nature.  For answers to any specific questions, it is always wise to consult an attorney in your state.   Retirement Assets (401k’s, IRA’s, 403b’s, etc):  Contributions and benefit accrual during marriage are community property and will be divided in the settlement agreement upon divorce.  Even if only one spouse is contributing to a planRead More

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I use Mint.com to track expenses. While it is not the only automated system available, it is one of the most widely used and the price is right (free). That being said, I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with the program. I don’t like being bombarded with advertisements and irrelevant recommendations, but it captures all of my monthly transactions across multiple accounts and provides clarity on our household spending versus our budget. Here is how IRead More

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At a national financial planning conference this year, I heard a speaker who is a Medical Doctor turned Financial Planner. She has all new clients go to Livingto100.com and complete the online questionnaire with her. The questionnaire gauges probable life expectancy and enables the planner to estimate a possible end date (end of life) for the client’s financial plan. This is helpful not only for the retirement plan, but also to help clients understand the factors that insurance companies lookRead More

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