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Summer Fun with Money

During the summer, many families look for ways to keep their kids learning even when school is out.  Learning about money can be a great way to keep math skills sharp and develop some important life skills, too! Young Kids (K-2nd) Make money fun for young kids.  One summer, our…
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Gift giving…cheapskate style.

With graduation and wedding season right around the corner, family and friends are faced once again with the challenge of finding just the right gift for the honoree.  But, with soaring gas and food prices, family budgets are tighter than ever.  So how can you give a great gift without breaking…
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Thanks and a Round Tuit for you?

First, let us give a great big THANKS to Duane at HoCoConnect for posting about the importance of financial literacy!  Since jumping into the blogosphere just a couple of months ago, Duane has done a fantastic job of shining a spotlight on a number of non-profit organizations doing great work in Howard…
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Tax Wrap 2011

Another tax season is in the books and I’m wondering what the Liberty Tax guy that has been standing on the side of Route 40 for the past two months is doing today…  At one point a month or so ago, I rolled by with the window down and must have…
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Politics, paychecks and being prepared…

Here in Maryland -- and particularly in Howard County -- the economic stability of our community would have been shaken to the core if there were a prolonged standoff. Just look around at your own friends and neighbors to count the number who are federal employees, contractors, or receive services…
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Making Money Fun!

The Money Matters financial education event hosted by Council Chairman Ball on Saturday was a huge success.  The event grows every year and this year was nothing short of fantastic.  The hands on activities by each of the participating organizations were a hit with both kids and parents.  If you…
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Money Matters Event – Making a Difference!

“Income may feed people’s stomachs, but assets change their heads.” Michael Sherraden This is so true.  Families struggling with economic instability are often consumed with the earn it and spend it cycle.  They often find it difficult to set financial goals, let alone save for the future.  Building assets through…
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Headline hooey…

Seems time to celebrate if you believed the headlines this week: “Families Slice Debt To Lowest In 6 Years”. (Wall Street Journal) “Households Grow 2.1 Trillion Richer”  (CNN Money)   You just can’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside with a headline like that, right?  Hmmm — we’re skeptical.  We all…
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