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Back-To-School Money Saving Tips

By: Jim Watson, Vice President, Trost Financial Consulting   Very soon, my kids will embark on another year of school. This year, we’re entering Grades 4 and 7. As we advance through the grades, the list of school supplies doesn’t get any shorter. I found myself having to get creative in order to save money…

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7 Cost Effective Travel Destinations

Summer is undoubtedly a wonderful time to travel. The children are off of school, the weather is warmer and most travel sites are super active this time of year, resulting in more opportunity to explore. Looking for an exotic travel destination on a budget? We did the research for you and put together a list…

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Four Tips to Plan for Long-Term Care

Discussing long-term care can be both emotionally and financially challenging. It is likely we have each had a family member (or multiple family members) that needed care in one way or another, as they grew older. How to plan for that care can be challenging, especially when you consider the cost for an average 2.8-year…

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How To Teach Your Kids About Money

As parents, we are tasked with teaching our children valuable life lessons. Amongst them is money management. Talking about money is not always the easiest conversation to have, but this topic is one of the most important. Money continues to be a leading cause of stress amongst Americans, so we wanted to share a few…

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The Ins and Outs of Retirement Plans

Generally speaking, a retirement plan such as a 401(k) is a good place to invest money. You may do so on a tax-deferred basis or tax-free basis, which can have a beneficial impact on your retirement. The government allows contributions at lower levels until age 50, and allows for a catch-up provision after age 50.…

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The Benefits of Charitable Giving (some may surprise you!)

A great way to assist with causes that are important to you is through charitable giving. From a financial perspective, it can also have a positive impact on your taxes, making it an important part of financial and estate planning. While charitable donations often peak during the holiday season, there is no reason you have…

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6 Budget-Friendly Travel Tips

No matter the destination, travel is a sure way to recharge your batteries and enjoy time with family and friends. A great way to treat yourself after working year around is by taking time off to travel the world. Whether you are traveling near or far, it is important to factor travel into your planning,…

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Planning For Your Child’s Tuition: 7 Ways To Pay

Your child’s college tuition is undoubtedly one of the larger expenses they will encounter in your lifetime. According to the Annual Survey of Colleges by the College Board, average college tuition for the 2018-2019 school year is more than $35,000 at private colleges and either $9,700 or $21,600 at public colleges depending on whether you…

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Financial Tips for a Volatile Market

Navigating the impossible-to-predict stock market relies on confidence and a degree of farsightedness. After nearly a decade of steady growth, 2018 saw the market start to correct itself as 10-year lows were reached leaving investors with an undeniable sense of unease. When it comes to investing in the markets, you need to employ a strategy…

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Pension Extinction: A New Way to Plan for Retirement

If you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of pensions, chances are it’s because pensions aren’t nearly as common today as they once were. A pension is a type of retirement plan set up through your employer wherein your employer makes monetary contributions to aid in the employee’s eventual retirement. However, what was once a…

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