4 Things You May Not Accomplish By The Time You’re 30 — And That’s Okay

By Christine McLean

Being a twenty-something is both an exhilarating and terrifying experience. You’ve entered the world of adulthood, gained your independence, and are trying to find your way in a complex world. Expectations are high. Pressure mounts the closer you get to the big three-oh. What are you doing with your life? When are you going to settle down? The questions are endless.

But the reality is that there just are certain things that you may not be able to accomplish before you’re 30. Society has changed. What your Baby Boomer parents may have been able to accomplish when they were in their 20s doesn’t necessarily apply to you. Don’t panic! You’re still young and have your whole life ahead of you. So, if you don’t accomplish these 4 things now, you will be able to accomplish them sometime in the future with the right attitude and perseverance. Continue reading

4 Ways My Childhood Experiences Shape My Current Spending Patterns

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By Kate Kole

I grew up in a middle-class Midwestern family. My dad was a college professor, and my mom self-employed. While we never went without, we also didn’t live extravagantly. Many of our activities were of the free or budget friendly variety, hiking at state parks, playing basketball in the driveway, at home movie nights, and card games around the kitchen table. We carved pumpkins in the fall, decorated frosted snowman cookies in the winter, planted flowers in the spring, and fished on the lake in the summer.

My childhood shaped me in a variety of ways. It provided me with an appreciation for quality time with the people I love. I grew to enjoy homemade meals, library books, and using my imagination for entertainment. I came to prefer spending time outdoors and still opt for weekend afternoons spent on our deck or playing bags in the yard over ones spent inside or shopping at the mall.  My childhood also shaped the way I now view money. Today, I embrace so many of the same financial decisions my parents made while raising my siblings and me. Continue reading

8 Things We’ll Never Feel Bad About Spending Money On

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By De and Kate

Remember when we were in middle school, and we’d go to the mall, and our parents would give us some money to buy whatever we wanted? And we’d make sure that our $20 (or whatever amount) would last as long as we needed it. We’d stretch that bill as far as we could; we’d nickle-and-dime every last tattoo choker necklace from Claire’s or jawbreaker from the candy store.

Unfortunately, adult life is a lot different.  Continue reading