Lisa Whitley

The idea for this article was conceived in late 2019, well before the COVID-19 crisis. And yet that crisis made apparent to all the vulnerabilities inherent in our economy that, as AFC professionals, we see each day. As we go to the polls in November (or, as the case may... Read More >

Stephen Newland, AFC®

About a year and a half ago, I was tasked with increasing fundraising at a non-profit that I hold near and dear to me. About halfway through the process, I was struggling with chasing the next great idea that popped in my head. Along with that, I was just using... Read More >

Stephanie Yates, PhD, AFC®, CFP®

With record unemployment, many consumers turn to debt in order to survive. Further, as consumers dip into savings to meet every day needs, debt is a necessity for more and more college students. As of the first quarter of 2020, the Federal Reserve reports that student debt nationwide has reached... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

Each year, time seems to pass more quickly. The first quarter of 2020 has been busy planning new initiatives, partnerships, and benefits for you! Believe it or not, planning for the 2020 Symposium this Fall is well under way. Here are just a few things we have been up to:... Read More >

Laura Hendrix, Ph.D., AFC®

Her Money Matters: The Missing Truths from Traditional Money Advice was written by Jen Hemphill and published in 2018. I interviewed Jen about the book and her work as an Accredited Financial Counselor®. In the book, you refer to yourself as a money confidence coach. What is a money confidence... Read More >

Carrie Johnson, Ph.D., AFC®

Title: Launching a Text Message Intervention to Assist Student Loan Borrowers with Repayment Decisions Authors: Carrie L. Johnson, Suzanne Bartholomae, Joyce Serido, Mary Jo Katras, and Erica Tobe Journal: Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Volume 48, Issue 2, March 2020 This paper describes the process a multi-state team of... Read More >

Lisa Philios, AFC®

What if I asked every reader to name one thing they regret spending their money on. How many could answer this question?  Just about everyone. Buyer's remorse (or buyer's regret) defined is “the sense of regret after having made a purchase.  Factors that affect buyer's remorse include resources invested, the... Read More >

Starlett Henderson, AFC®

A smartphone in every pocket. A computer on every desk. A wifi connection in every room.  These things are so ubiquitous they feel as if they have always been. Indeed, for some young adult clients, from some communities, this is definitely the case.  For some counselors though, there was a... Read More >

Stephen Newland, AFC®

About nine months ago, I set off on a journey to lose 70 lbs in a year's time. I started the journey by first getting educated about how to achieve this and figuring out what tools could help me. Once I had a plan together I was ready to start... Read More >

Andi Wrenn, AFC®

A lot of time is spent on setting financial goals, saving money, and reducing spending on wants for months or even years. Then comes the time to spend that money that took so long to save. It is great when our clients are excited about saving money and making SMART... Read More >

The National Flood Insurance Program content team

April is National Financial Capability Month, a great time to check in with your clients about how prepared they are financially for disasters or emergencies. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, together with the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning hopes that by encouraging individuals to have a financial plan for... Read More >

Rebecca Wiggins

Each year, the AFCPE symposium feels like a celebration of our collective growth and impact, and a chance to reconnect to our mission and to one another. The excitement and passion of our professionals is inspiring and contagious. You would be hard pressed to find another organization full of such... Read More >