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Matt’s Money Must Do’s | April 2018

By | 2018-03-26T21:45:04+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

April is Financial Literacy month in the United States.  In 2003, Congress finally supported the idea of financial literacy month.  Because it was officially recognized by Congress, a big push was made from various non-profits and government agencies (National Financial Educators Council, Financial Literacy and Education Commission, and National Endowment for Financial Education) generated tools and [...]

Matt’s Money Must Do’s | March 2018

By | 2018-02-28T21:17:23+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

March and May are not only months, but also verbs. So let’s get to the actions you should take for March. Organize your files Start by addressing which documents you need to keep for how long.  Everyone has a different system, but rules of thumb can help set the guideline.  Itemize documents by less than a [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | February 2018

By | 2018-01-26T17:40:08+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

February…Love is in the air, everywhere I look around… February is probably the least appropriate month for Valentine’s day.  It is cold, dark, and gray.  What is romantic about that?  “Honey, let’s bundle up, brave the wet cold, and find a busy restaurant where people are talking loudly.  However, February is also known as the "creative [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | January 2018

By | 2017-12-27T20:48:35+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

January is often the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  In fact, in January 2017 there was a European cold wave that hit a lot of Eastern and Central Europe.  Greece was blanketed in unusually heavy snowfall.   Santorini, which typically has Mediterranean weather, was covered in snow causing transportation delays. This is great [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | December 2017

By | 2017-11-21T21:52:36+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you ever feel “-meh” about the holidays?  Some people love them too much!  They will put their decorations up too early and keep them up too long.  Others, well, they just despise the holidays and refuse to decorate at all.  I certainly fall somewhere in the middle, but people will never admit they are indifferent [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | November 2017

By | 2017-10-19T15:46:54+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

November is a big birthday month in my family.  My two sisters and father have birthdays in November.  So not only do I have to worry about their birthday gifts, but I also must start addressing Christmas shopping!  November is always an absentmindedly expensive month for me, and then you add some additional expenses like gifts. [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | October 2017

By | 2017-09-19T20:21:34+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , |

Is there anything better than a fire on a nice fall evening?  Enjoy some apple cider, an outdoor fire and the lovely foliage.   It is a wonderful time to be out in the yard enjoying the change of season.  Just make sure that if you are doing this on Halloween, you take the appropriate precautions. Fall [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | September 2017

By | 2017-08-18T16:41:17+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Romans were lazy.  That’s right, I said it: “Lazy”.  The typical response would be that, along with building an empire, Romans built highways, aqueducts, coliseums, etc.  Many of those basic designs are used today, as is the Julian Calendar, another brilliant innovation under the Roman empire.  How could they have been lazy?  Well, the Julian [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | August 2017

By | 2017-07-11T19:35:59+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

I was born in August some years ago.  Rather than just celebrate a day or week, I celebrate my whole birth month.  Granted, the celebration has changed drastically from when I was knee high to a grasshopper.  I no longer go all out for a day, but rather celebrate on a lower scale for 30 days.  [...]

Matt’s Monthly Money Must Do’s | July 2017

By | 2017-07-11T19:21:59+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: Personal Planning|Tags: , , , , , |

July is usually hot, stormy, and always unbelievably busy, so I can understand your financial to-do list usually takes a back seat.  I, however, think you can easily accomplish one of these tasks in less than 45 minutes out of the 44,640 minutes available in July. Re-evaluate your homeowner's/renter’s insurance Summer is usually a good time [...]