Tony Robbins, Kelly Jabbusch, MBA, AFC®

Tony Robbins is well-known for his ability to inspire and help people reach their dreams. As a motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, life coach and author, he is a recognizable face and has many success stories to share. The introduction to Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial... Read More >

Joshua Sledge

How do you talk about the work you do with your clients? Increasing financial literacy, boosting financial capability, expanding financial inclusion, promoting financial empowerment—the list of terminology and range of frameworks we use to guide our efforts can feel limitless. While there are certainly important differences between the various approaches,... Read More >

Lisa Servon

Financial inclusion is seldom a topic in finance and policy making circles.  Policy makers and consumer advocates are concerned about the growing numbers of people without bank accounts, and those who use alternative financial services like payday loans, check cashers and pawn shops. The apparent answer? Move everyone to bank accounts.  It seems obvious,... Read More >

Susan Bross

In 1992, I talked with three friends about a weird idea I had about counseling people about  money. Not about how to invest it or insure it, but rather how to manage it in a way that took the stress and anxiety away. I was inspired by the transformation that had... Read More >

Patricia Seaman

My dog once ate the entire bottle of painkillers prescribed after she was spayed and had to have her stomach pumped. One of my cats needed a C-section when her labor stalled out with one kitten still inside (we also paid for a kitten-sized NICU unit). Our other cat was chewing... Read More >

Barbara O’Neill, AFC®, Ph.D., CFP®

Whether you’re a blogger, author, or community financial educator, as I am, our basic raison d’être is to improve people’s lives by motivating them to practice positive financial behaviors such as saving money and reducing debt. In my three decades of teaching personal finance, I’ve found stories to be the... Read More >

Michael Gutter

It is a busy time for many of us, our colleagues, and of course the many families that you help. I want to let you know that AFCPE is busy working hard for all of you as well. In addition to the accreditation process and projects, we are gearing up... Read More >

Dean Obenauer, MPA, AFC®

Since the financial crisis of 2008, there has been a marked increase in financial education efforts at all levels, including K–12 education, college, employment, and in communities, which is all good. Up to that time, there was a lot of discussion about the need for financial education, but the financial crisis brought... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

As the warm summer days are upon us, I think about all of the hard work and growth that have happened last Spring—growth that would not be possible if not for the diligence, creativity and passion of our staff, Board and task force volunteers. Together these teams work to support... Read More >

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, Rick Zwelling

I was prompted to read this book while reading an article in TIME magazine called “The Joy of Less.” The article highlighted statistics that demonstrated the extent to which large swaths of our society is engaged in consumerism. For example: U.S. children make up 3.1 percent of the world’s population... Read More >

Jim Blankenship, Jean M. Lown, Ph.D., CFP®

Do you speak Social Security? Can you explain: Do over? Deemed filing? File and suspend? If not, it’s time to read A Social Security Owner’s Manual by Jim Blankenship, CFP®. Blankenship wrote the book for the general public, but it is a great resource for educators and counselors. As a... Read More >

Lisa Philios, AFC®

Life as you know it, living in a dual income household, has now changed. There is now a child in your life and you are now a one income family with additional expenses and less income. And then there were Three. Per Statista, the average American family size is three,... Read More >