Helping women gain confidence
when dealing with money

Eleanor Blayney is a pioneer of the financial planning profession. During a career that spans almost twenty-five years (she earned her CFP qualification in 1990) Eleanor has co-founded a firm, authored two books – “Women’s Worth: Finding Your Financial Confidence” and “The Home Budget Workbook” – and, co-founded a second firm, “Directions for Women”. Eleanor […]


Graduation from college, for many young people, is a profound experience of crossing over from one world to another. Depending on one’s appreciation for the unknown, this is either a time of excitement, or a time of anxiety. Most likely, it’s a time of multiple mixed feelings. For Debbie Artaza, the journey is “bittersweet at […]


Before I had my twins in March of this year, I thought I had it all figured out. After several months of working so hard my hands ached when I typed, I took the scary step to become completely self-employed as a blogger and freelance writer. As a planner, I did not make the decision […]

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How to Build a Professional Wardrobe

by Case Drury August 20, 2014

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Developing a professional wardrobe doesn’t have to be daunting or expensive. In fact, even with a small budget it’s possible to build a few versatile looks that will make you feel great – and could lead to even more success at work. The Basics Start with a few basic pieces – a print top, a […]

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5-Minute Actions That Will Improve Your Financial Life

by Ashley Feinstein August 20, 2014

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These days, productivity is all the rage. We want the best results from the least amount of time and work. We want to create change most efficiently. I am all about it! I know we are all busy going after our dreams and spending our time on fun and meaningful things. Here are three things […]

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Emergency Fund Horror Stories: Lessons Learned

by Tonya Stumphauzer August 19, 2014

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At some point in your life, you’ve probably found yourself in a situation where you unexpectedly needed a big chunk of money to get yourself out of a tight spot—maybe your car broke down, or you had a medical emergency, or you simply didn’t have enough cash to pay for next month’s rent. What would you […]

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Why I’m Not Feeling Hopeless About the Future

by Amanda Steinberg August 18, 2014

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While many report on Americans’ dying optimism for our future, I’m not one of them. I’m ecstatic for the future. Here’s why. In early 2014, former Greek prime minister George Papandreou heard my boyfriend, Jordan Shapiro, give a speech. George was impressed with Jordan’s presentation on education, technology, philosophy and video games. So he approached us, later learning […]

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How I Survive as a Single Mom

by Alexa Mason August 18, 2014

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It was the summer of 2012 when my life changed. I went from living the married life, having help not only with my two daughters but also financially, to living the single life. And even though I’ve made it through for the better, saying it was an easy transition would be a complete lie. I’ve […]

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7 Female Self-Made Millionaires (and a Few Billionaires) We Love

by Meredith Lepore August 17, 2014


It’s easy to sit around envying people with amazing career success stories and enormous fortunes (as a result of their success). But what we should really do is learn from them. We came up with a list of our favorite self-made millionaires (and a few billionaires) who worked their asses off (often starting with nothing […]

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Gearing Up For Fall: 5 Pins That Will Inspire You This Weekend

by Sarah Chang August 16, 2014

Gearing Up For Fall

Fall is on the horizon. And although it’s hard to believe (it seems like we just celebrated the first weekend of summer!) there’s no better time to make some positive changes. Whether you’re trying to get organized financially this September, have a child going back to school, or are just looking for something yummy to […]

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How to Take Charge of Your Career and Land the Promotion You Didn’t Even Know About

by Mindy Crary August 15, 2014

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If you’re too valuable to your boss, you may be missing out on opportunities for advancement that you don’t even know about. That’s exactly what happened to me, early on in my career. How I Missed Out on a Promotion I was working for a national planning firm and, at the time, I was helping […]

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What is Asset Allocation and Why Do You Need to Know?

by Joseph Hogue August 14, 2014


When it comes to investing– is the stock market the first thing that springs to mind? Investing in stocks of public companies may end up being a small portion of your investment dollars. That’s because there are other asset classes into which you can direct funds with the goal of reducing risk while creating returns, […]

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Use This Complete Financial Checklist to Reach Your Goals

by Carrie Smith August 14, 2014


You’re busy; you have a lot going on, and with only 24 hours in the day you’re trying stay on top of everything. Your time is valuable, so the best way to successfully manage your day, to get the most out of it, is to be proactive instead of reactive. And this applies to your […]

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How to Create a Savings Plan & Stick With It!

by Erika Torres August 13, 2014

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When my husband and I first got married, we were your stereotypical broke newlyweds. We lived in a guesthouse in someone’s backyard, ate frozen pizza for dinner, and rented a DVD for date nights. But four years later, we’ve paid off $45,000 in debt and are now saving half our income. Before you think that […]

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How I Told My Boss I Quit (5 Tips)

by Carrie Smith August 12, 2014

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All of my consulting clients dream of quitting their day jobs and starting their own businesses. I mean, who doesn’t want to quit working for the man, to have more freedom and control over their time? However, the biggest hurdle to overcome is actually giving notice and telling your boss that you’re quitting. It’s a […]

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Why Asking for a Raise Is Your Best Investment

by Kali Hawlk August 11, 2014

Ask for a Raise

When you think about what it means to make good investments, your mind probably turns to things like the stock market, retirement portfolios, and financial advisors. But there’s a key idea (that doesn’t require any money from you!) that you’ve probably overlooked, and it can have a profound effect on your financial future: Asking for […]

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Here Are 16 Cities Where Women Are Outearning Men

by Meredith Lepore August 10, 2014


We know that women are definitely outearning men in some cities, but it’s nice to have a graphic representation of it. Luckily, our friends over at NerdWallet (using data from the U.S. Census Bureau) decided to conduct a survey and create a beautiful infographic. It found that there are 16 cities where this is happening. […]

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Financial Self-Improvement: 5 Pins That Will Inspire You This Weekend

by Sarah Chang August 9, 2014

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There’s always room for improvement in life – and we believe that’s particularly true when it comes to your finances. It’s always possible to build a better budget, cut out unnecessary expenses, or become better organized. Of course, it takes a little bit of leg work. But luckily there are infinite resources available on the […]

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