As I wrote in a previous blog, I have been jumping on the “Thankful Train” and looking for ways to teach my kids to give back. But the more I thought about it, I realized I needed to emulate giving back as well. We usually donate money to charities that are important to us but we didn’t think it was enough to show our kids that we were taking action ourselves. So my husband and I volunteered to be our childrens’ school captains of a charity fun run supporting the local NYC Ronald McDonald House. Over 30 schools in NYC participate with over 1,000 runners. The kids raise money to support their run, in turn supporting the Ronald McDonald House.
Everyone seems to be jumping on the Thankful Train in November, including me and my kids. A few weeks ago I started to think of ways I can teach my kids to give back no matter how small. Fortunately, my children attend a school where giving back is important and part of their education. So luckily for me I didn’t have to look too far.
Halloween is a day of entertaining tricks, delicious treats and ghostly costumes. Throwing a Halloween party is a great way to ensure a “spooktacular” time for your kids and their friends!
Decorations are a must have for your child’s Halloween party!
Get some pumpkins, spider webs, lights and bats to “spookify” your home.
You can either make your own decorations or purchase at any store. Stores like Party City, Target, Wal Mart and Jo Ann’s Fabrics carry an array of halloween decor, candy and treats.
Carol Sankar an international business consultant spoke at a Ted-X talk and said, confidence, this is the missing link that makes women successful. She calls it the “confidence factor.” Is it the way girls are raised or society that makes them less confident?
Women are as successful but are less confident than men, according to a report titled “The Status of Undergraduate Women at MIT.”
Many women suffer from the imposter syndrome. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told us before Lean In, was published: “There are still days I wake up feeling like a fraud, not sure I should be where I am.”
This happens with my friends all the time. If they are applying for a job, they will not throw their hat in the ring if they don’t have all the qualifications. Let’s say they have 8/10. They will not apply. Men on the other hand will have 3/10 and go for it!
In the midst of the sentiment that you are surely feeling during this time, there’s a lot to think about to prepare your college student for the next four years. One of the things you are probably thinking about is whether or not you should get them a credit card.
Where did the summer go? It’s time to dust off your annual Back to School shopping list and get shopping!
Back to School shopping can be overwhelming, especially when your child is getting older and needs different supplies than previous years. There are a lot of stores that are currently having sales to make your Back-to-School shopping experience seamless and affordable.
It is that time of year again, tax season! Many Americans have completed their taxes far before the 2017 deadline, April 18th. However, many Americans still have not. It wouldn’t be Tax Season without a few procrastinators, right?
According to the IRS, 83% of Americans will receive an average refund of $3,120 per tax return. One of the most well thought out financial plans are often about how one should spend their tax refunds. Should you go on a well-deserved vacation? Buy a new pair of shoes? Indulge in a Spa Day? How about paying some long over due bills?
Every year, the IRS announces income limits for the next calendar year. The changes are very minor and may only affect the income limits in 2017. The total amount you can contribute to either a Roth IRA or a Traditional IRA will remain the same at $5,500. People over 50 years old can contribute an additional $1,000 which totals to $6,500.
As it was announced in the middle of May, Disney Dollars are officially out of circulation. The reasoning came to be that gift cards and regular cash were much easier and more practical for patrons to use. READ MORE
April is Financial Capability Month, but what does that mean? In a proclamation, President Obama said that April is a month that can help make Americans more aware of the resources that are available to them. It is the perfect time to start educating young people about what financial literacy is and how becoming financially literate can benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Financial literacy starts at home with parents simply talking with their kids and we have compiled our very favorite Walter the Vault tips to help those lessons and conversations flow easier. READ MORE