Take Steps Toward Financial Confidence!

We made it through the holidays and into a new year! I sure love and enjoy the holiday season. My favorite part about it is all of the time we get to spend together as a family. Second favorite would be the yummy food. ;) In an effort to lessen the stress and enjoy what really matters to me, I tried to keep things as simple as possible. I didn't plan out busy activities for every day or spend a lot of time preparing special holiday foods,... …
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Start Planning for a Meaningful Holiday

Rethink Holiday Generosity It's that time of year again! Time to think about upcoming travel, food, gifts, and everything else that comes along with the holidays. I love it! How many of you have already started buying Christmas presents?! I've got a stash going already! But when it comes down to it, I know that the presents are not the most important part. Sometimes we get swept up in the generosity of the season and we end up overspending. In... …
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Moving #onUp

I'm moving onUp. You can too! Why are we spending time trying to inspire people to take control of their finances? Well, check out these statistics... Over 70% of Americans are financially stressed 12% of Americans skip going to the doctor because of financial concerns 80% of people admitted that their personal finances keep them awake at night 21% of couples who rate their financial stress as at least "somewhat high" are arguing more 32%... …
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Making the Holidays More Meaningful! {Holiday Budget Tool and More}

How do YOU make the holidays more meaningful? Can you believe it's the holiday season already? It's not Thanksgiving yet, but we are reminded every time we walk into a store now that Christmas is upon us. As we get older, we get wiser. We realize that the most meaningful things are rarely "things". They're moments. They're family. They're memories. But when the stress of the holidays sets in, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos. This... …
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Save for a SUNNY day!

We often hear the phrase "save for a rainy day," which is definitely sound advice, but I love this positive twist on saving. So I'm excited to share this concept with you today. Instead of just a rainy day... Let's save for a sunny day! Saving money is a daunting or difficult task for many of us, but it is so important! Your savings goal may feel way far away. But anything is usually better than nothing. "Rainy days" aren't fun to think about.... …
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What is Your Money Personality?

Happy New Year! What is your best holiday memory from this year? Learn any lessons? In hindsight, do you have any regrets? Were you a little too generous with the gift-giving? The holiday hangover is among us and hopefully not the drive behind your new year's resolutions. This money personality quiz is a fun way to help lead you in the right direction to better money habits in 2015. With your quiz results you will have the opportunity to... …
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Holiday Planning Guide

Make This Holiday Season Meaningful Within Your Means. Okay, everyone...how is your holiday season going so far? Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday have come and gone... Did you encounter any hurdles or roadblocks that you were not prepared for? Have you tried something new as a result of the challenge from last month? Are you using a holiday budget spreadsheet? It really is a great challenge. I encourage you all to try it... …
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Meaningful Within Your Means

The holidays can take a lot out of you and in the midst of all that joyful hustle and bustle, you can end up overspending. That's why we want to help you be meaningful within your means. The things that mean the most to you, are well within your means. Most of our holiday memories are not about the gifts, but about the traditions and stories shared with families. SunTrust wants everyone to avoid the "holiday hangover" so you can start the... …
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What’s on Your Bucket List?

We all have one. A bucket list of things we want to see, do or experience in our lifetime. If you haven't written down your bucket list yet, start now and start making it happen. Challenge yourself to save for and cross off something each year from your list. What would you be willing to give up now so that next year you will be doing something you've always wanted to do? Can you shave off $100 from your monthly food budget to save for your... …
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