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Meet Bob Ross. Named for his resemblance to public TV’s legendary “Happy Painter,” this 9-week-old labradoodle belongs to Traci’s 12-year-old daughter Madelyn.   [playlist type="video" ids="1395,1397"]...

It’s an adventure – as Traci recently discovered when her 13-year-old son went on an Amazon shopping spree: Tommy wanted to upgrade his Xbox gaming console, and give his old one to his little brother as a birthday present. To help Tommy finance this purchase, I...

Habit #4: SAVE about 16% So you’ve adopted the first 3 wealth-building habits: You Pay Attention. You Avoid Bad Debt. You Live Beneath Your Means. Now it’s time to get serious about saving. Sweet 16 You should Save about 16% of every dollar you earn. It’s best if you start at...

Habit #3: Live Beneath Your Means Bigger. Better. Hottest. Latest. Keeping up with the Joneses costs a fortune. You’ll need more money coming in than going out. Otherwise, you’re not building wealth. You’re building a mountain of debt. Less is More Spend less, save more. Sounds simple, right? But the...

Thanks to Siri and autocorrect, it’s pretty easy to breeze past hard to spell words without giving them much thought. That’s why we’re so glad you took a moment to accept our challenge. Each year, The Meakem Group sponsors the Montgomery County Regional Spelling Bee...

Habit #2: Avoid Bad Debt Imagine buying a house without asking the price. That’s essentially what you’re doing if you take out a loan or rack up credit card bills without fully understanding what you’ll actually pay to pay off that debt. Don’t Borrow Trouble Building wealth means understanding...

Habit #1: Pay Attention You’re driving down the highway when smoke starts billowing from under the hood. Do you keep going, hoping the engine fire will magically put itself out? Of course not. You pull over and face the reality of your situation. Same with building wealth.You can’t...

According to the College Board,15 years from now (that’s 2033!), a private four-year college degree will cost $323,900. Gulp. Some families have been saving in 529 accounts that can be used for qualified educational expenses like higher education tuition, room and board, books, and computers....