Author: amberrodriguez

Building Financial Wellness

“The ability to meet all financial needs, today and over time; feel secure in the financial future; absorb a financial shock; and have the financial freedom to make choices to enjoy life.” It sounds beautiful doesn’t it? This is how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau defines Financial Wellness. For some this may sound like a

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William’s Reflection: The Peer Money Mentor Program

Before the pandemic, there were a dozen of us all seated in a circular arrangement within one of the compact meeting rooms at Highland. The topic of the day was about cutting extraneous spending from our budgets. There was much talk on various alternatives for clothing, healthcare, and cellular services in a very relaxed fashion.

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Shannon’s Reflection: Peer Money Mentor Program

While participating in ACC’s Peer Money Mentor Program, my entire perception of finances has changed. I know that may sound dramatic, but it’s true! Before this program, I avoided finances and finance based conversations like it was COVID….but this program really did help me break down those walls of discomfort and change the way I

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Winter Storm Recovery

Snow in Texas. When Snow Storm Uri hit Texas mid February, that week was like a moment in the Twilight Zone. It was all fun and games at first. After all, we haven’t seen snow like this since 1937. What, at first, felt like a winter wonderland soon became endless days without heat and water

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How To Use Your Tax Refund

$3,000, $30,000, $1,000,000 and even $11,000,000 have been made (the last one is alleged) by individuals investing in GameStop. It’s all pretty glamorous. But while these investors will be facing the wrath of the capital gains tax from their unexpected windfall, up to 73% of Americans are expecting a more favorable response from the IRS.

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William’s Take on “Pressure Creates Diamonds” a Money Management Talk

Hey guys, I recently attended a webinar featuring Patriots linebacker Brandon Copeland and CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger and their talk about finances during the Coronavirus pandemic. Brandon Copeland is definitely a very charismatic guy and Kathy Kraninger is very knowledgeable so if you all have the time, I think the stream is worth a watch.

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Do you hear that…..? Is it a mummy groaning..? Perhaps a vampire hissing… Wait… It’s your bank account crying because the holidays are coming! Finances during the holiday don’t have to be spooky. If you plan and budget properly for this monstrous cost, you can be stress free.  First, our bank accounts are hit by

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Will’s Review of the Wall Street Journal Workshop, “Managing Your Money in a Crisis”

Hey guys, I had the privilege of being able to attend a workshop hosted by the Wall Street Journal featuring The Finance Bar’s Marsha Barnes. The topic of discussion was managing money in a crisis (*cough COVID-19) and I’d like to share what I took away from it. 1. Staying Afloat During this unpredictable period

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Shannon’s 3 Ps to Maintaining Financial Wellness

Now I wanna start by saying that I am by no means a master of personal finances – in fact, I definitely still consider myself to be a beginner. However, because of my time as a Peer Money Mentor Leader I can say I have come a LONG way and gained A LOT of knowledge.

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Arjana’s Take on iGrad, the Financial Wellness Program for Students

I spent a small part of my Friday afternoon exploring iGrad. iGrad is a website that helps college students and graduates receive a custom financial literacy program. The website serves over 1.2 million students across 500 schools and organizations around the country. When I first opened up the web page, it was super easy to

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