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Whether we have a million dollars or a few hundred, we still enjoy tips about how to manage them. The Royal Neighbors Foundation is here to help. These articles offer sound financial advice as you go about living your life. Whether you’re buying a house, paying for college, adding to your family, changing careers, or planning for retirement, let the Royal Neighbors Foundation be a resource for you.

Meet Kristen Euretig!

Kristen EuretigKristen Euretig, CFP®, has been retained by the Foundation to provide educational financial articles and webinars for the Foundation to help us fulfill our mission of Building Women’s Futures Through Financial EducationSM. She is the founder of Brooklyn Plans, LLC, a business designed to address the void in the financial planning industry for women in their 20s-40s to access reliable, independent financial advice and services. She is passionate about connecting women to the help they need to take control of their finances.

A former school teacher, Kristen developed curriculum and implemented financial education programs internationally, including Nigeria and Nicaragua.

Receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, Kristen earned her Master of Science degree in education/teaching English as a second language at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She received her Certificate, Financial Planning, at Boston University.

She has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal as an expert financial planner and advocate.

“Just imagine what
the world would be
like if women weren’t
afraid of their finances
anymore and instead
were equipped with
the tools and support
they needed to
achieve their goals
and live their dreams.”

Kristen Euretig, CFP®, owns Brooklyn Plans, LLC, a financial planning firm dedicated to helping today’s women.

These articles are for informational purposes only and do not constitute tax or financial advice. Individuals should contact their financial professional for assistance.

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    5 Hidden Costs Of Starting A Side Hustle

    Aug 1, 2019
    Starting a side hustle can be an easy way to make extra cash, but few consider the costs involved before they dive in.
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    Here’s How Much You Should Be Saving For Retirement

    Jul 15, 2019
    Summer should be the season of sun and ice cream—not the season of credit card debt. Follow these tips to maximize your family’s fun without derailing your financial plan.
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    Saving for summer travel and activities

    Jun 14, 2019
    Summer should be the season of sun and ice cream—not the season of credit card debt. Follow these tips to maximize your family’s fun without derailing your financial plan.
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    Reducing expenses as a family

    May 17, 2019
    Budgeting often involves long hours spent tallying receipts, analyzing expenses, and berating yourself over past behavior, rather than focusing on the financial decisions you will make in the future. Budgeting also tends to be a solo activity, forcing one member of a household to square the accounts and manage other family members’ spending.
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    How to build your credit—and why it matters

    Apr 17, 2019
    Credit card companies often make it easy for you to open new charge accounts and send in a small minimum payment each month. But carrying a large debt load will not only cost you lots of money in interest payments—it will drag down your credit score, threatening your ability to open new lines of credit when you need it.
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    How to save while paying off debt

    Mar 7, 2019
    Debt is a major source of stress for many American households. Seeing those negative balances can make you feel like you will never make progress toward your financial goals. As a result, it can be tempting to sacrifice your savings for the sake of paying down debt as fast as possible.
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    What you can learn from the FIRE movement

    Feb 19, 2019
    You’ve probably stumbled on at least one clickbait article about people who retired in their 30s by living an ultra-frugal lifestyle. The articles usually mention the FIRE—Financial Independence/Retire Early—movement.
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    Breaking bad habits: How to set yourself up for financial success in the new year

    Jan 8, 2019
    Most of us have a money behavior we would like to change. It might be overspending on clothes or eating out, neglecting loan payments or putting off retirement savings. For some, the bad habit might even be saving too much—hoarding cash instead of investing it or using it to live a balanced life.
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    End-of-year financial refresh: Your all-in-one action plan

    Dec 4, 2018
    In between preparing for and celebrating winter holidays, making financial resolutions often falls to the new year. This season, do yourself a favor and set aside time to refresh your financial plan and get a jumpstart on next year’s goals.
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