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How Much Does That Tooth Cost?

My son is now at the age when the baby teeth start falling out.  I forgot how exciting this event is for kids.  Every day he tells me that it is going to fall out today.  In anticipation, his grandmother has given him a small little box to be able to put the tooth under his pillow for the Tooth Fairy. This naturally causes us parents to wonder how much money we need to leave as the Tooth Fairy’s representative.   I received a quarter when I was a child, so I thought that a quarter would work.  My non-finance major wife informed me that due to inflation, it needed to be more like a dollar or two.  Some recent studies show that the national average is up to $3.  So that brings us back to what is an acceptable amount. The Tooth Fairy dates back to the early 1900s to symbolize a rite of passage for the child.  Money was not ...

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Who Will Take Care Of Mom and Dad?

Haven’t you been sitting around with your brother(s) and sister(s) and had the infamous discussion on who ranks where on Mom and Dad’s favorite list.   While siblings usually joke around who is at the top of the ladder, usually someone cracks the comment, “I’m sure they cut me out of the will years ago.”   For Generation X’ers, you are probably beginning to see the early stages of your parents slowing down or perhaps one of them had a mild health scare over the last five years that got you thinking who is going to take of Mom and Dad?    Before each one of your brothers and sisters rush to put their finger on their nose and scream “NOT IT!”, it may be time to have a serious discussion about who will bear the responsibility should your Mom and Dad need someone by their side for financial or medical decisions. I believe that over the next 5 to 10 years, the ...

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VIDEO | Do I Need A Store Credit Card? Your Smart Money Moves

Published on Jun 25, 2012 Your Smart Money Moves – The BEST Personal Finance Blog for Gen X and Y – http://yoursmartmoney.wpengine.com/ – If you have played a game of credit card poker with yourself it could surely be a sign that you have too many credit cards from too many places. I am a big advocate of having fewer credit cards and establishing a longer credit history with those creditors by upping your credit lines over the years and showing your ability to pay them off regularly. However, I often get asked about store credit cards from places like a Best Buy or a Target and whether it is a good idea to have one of these cards. Do you need a store credit card?   ...

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Please Slap My Hand When I Spend Money!

For Generation X, I’ve noticed something over the past couple of years around money that seems to becoming a trend.    Even though you are college educated (maybe an MBA), have a great job as a VP of company, and have traveled to several countries around the globe, you’ve reverted to the behavior you had when you were in college.   The simple rule is this.  If there is money in your pocket, then it’s sure to catch fire sooner than later and burn a hole in your pocket.    It doesn’t matter if it is a new pair of boots you see in a magazine, a remodeling of your bathroom that could probably wait, or staying at the best hotels like a Ritz Carlton or the Four Seasons.   Gen X’ers have seen a terrible recession over the past few years, but the trend is returning that spending money is a hard habit to break.   Gen X’ers have that Cyndi Lauper slang in ...

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Personal Finance 101: Generation X Series – Marriage And Medical Insurance

Generation X is classically defined at people born between the years 1965 and 1979.    Pretty much those of you in your early 30’s to the mid 40’s.  However, having given personal financial advice to thousands of people, I can tell you that many of you who were born 1960 to 1964 fit within the Generation X type of financial and personal attitude.   Since I am 42 and have had a good deal of financial success, I’ve noticed some big mistakes that I see my generation making with their money and how they think about money.    This week I wanted to discuss what to do about your medical insurance after you get married. One of the questions I’m getting a lot from Gen X’ers as of late (especially those recently married in their late 30’s/early 40’s) is around what to do with medical insurance after being married.   Since the medical plans and financial contribution from each individual employer may vary, this ...

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Personal Finance 101: Generation X Series – What Kind Of Term Insurance To Buy?

Generation X is classically defined at people born between the years 1965 and 1979.    Pretty much those of you in your early 30’s to the mid 40’s.  However, having given personal financial advice to thousands of people, I can tell you that many of you who were born 1960 to 1964 fit within the Generation X type of financial and personal attitude.   Since I am 42 and have had a good deal of financial success, I’ve noticed some big mistakes that I see my generation making with their money and how they think about money.    This week I wanted to discuss what kind of term insurance to buy. One of the questions I’m getting a lot from Gen X’ers as of late (especially those recently married in their late 30’s/early 40’s is around buying term life insurance.   Many people seem to be confused around their options and how they can buy the protection.   Before you purchase life insurance, make sure ...

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Personal Finance 101: Generation X Series – Three Simple Steps To Managing Your 401K

Generation X is classically defined at people born between the years 1965 and 1979. Pretty much those of you in your early 30’s to the mid 40’s. However, having given personal financial advice to thousands of people, I can tell you that many of you who were born 1960 to 1964 fit within the Generation X type of financial and personal attitude. Since I am 42 and have had a good deal of financial success, I’ve noticed some big mistakes that I see my generation making with their money and how they think about money. This week I wanted to discuss three simple steps to help you better manage your 401k plan at work. For most Gen X’ers who are not business owners, the 401k plan offered through your workplace will be one of the mainstays for you to build up enough money to make work optional. Next year in April, you will begin to be able to transparently see ...

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