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The Life Lesson My Mom Left Behind

Photo courtesy of Ellen Forbus My mom and I talked frequently, but we didn't get to visit often, with my crazy work schedule and other activities. Whenever I talked to her, it seemed like she complained. And whenever she came over, it seemed she...

How to Live a Truly Rich Life: A Letter to My Kids

Dear Helena and Lucas, When I was growing up, my family and I spent a lot of time shopping. Some of those weekend afternoons were spent looking for deals at malls – to which we had to drive for an hour because we lived in a small town – but...

Get Help With Your Goals

Welcome to our new “Coach Me” series. Each week, our resident life and career coaches will answer questions from readers. To submit yours, send an email to coachme@dailyworth.com. I'm 49 and I didn’t grow up learning how to be motivated to do...

‘I No Longer Spend Mindlessly’

I grew up in a very frugal household, wearing my older sister's hand-me-downs for most of my childhood. So, when I got my first real job with a decent salary, I splurged. A career meant an ever-changing wardrobe. And, since I made pretty good...

From Cleaner to Company Owner

When Cheryl Schantz realized her company was making four times what she did for each house she cleaned, and decided to strike out on her own, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her.—and for her three kids. I started having children when I...

Happy stocks...Skins in Milan & more

Stock-happy. There could be $85 billion in federal cuts tomorrow—or not, depending on how the so-called sequester plays out in Congress today. Either way, the markets are enjoying a rally that has taken the Dow and the S&P 500 to highs not seen...

Financial Sanity, by Degree(s)

Welcome to the second post in our Financial Turning Point series. This week, Katie Westover talks about earning her RN. Enjoy last week’s installment here. My financial turning point happened when I graduated from nursing school. I had virtually...

Seq update...Snack scandal & more

Why is it called a sequester? Putting aside the name issue (fiscal cliff, sequester, what next?), the big S boils down to about $85 billion in federal budget cuts that will take effect March 1, most of which won’t even have an impact on how fast...

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