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The AFCPE Blog is designed to provide new and insightful personal finance information for financial professionals – information that can be shared with both clients and consumers and provides new insights into education and practice.


Short term goals and their significance to your entire budget

Budget, General, Financial Education

November 02, 2015

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." -Benjamin Franklin What is it about that quote that makes planners smile and, well, the rest of us cringe. I am not a person who considers myself a...


Kids and Money

Budget, General, Financial Education

October 19, 2015

From the early years and beyond children should be taught these two truisms: Money does not grow on trees AND You don’t earn money just for breathing! Making money requires work. Keep in mind...


Staying at Home or Returning to Work: Financial Factors to Consider

Budget, General, Financial Education

September 09, 2015

Preparing for a baby is one of the most exciting and stressful experiences for new parents. There’s so much to do before baby comes, and only nine months to do it! That seems like a lot of time,...


The True Value of Hobbies: Looking Beyond the Spreadsheet

Budget, General, Financial Education

August 03, 2015

“Your hobby costs how much?”  This is a question I have received many times through my life. It’s true, to some, my hobby seems expensive, maybe even exorbitant. But the truth is, the value of a...


How much should I be spending in the different budget categories?

Budget, General, Financial Education

July 08, 2015

Recently in a personal finance class, some of the students asked me how much they should be spending in the different budget categories, such as housing, groceries, and so on. I’ve always seen...


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