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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 Education℠. 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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    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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    The holidaze: Celebrate without breaking the bank

    Nov 7, 2018
    Celebrating the holidays without going into debt or interrupting your progress towards other financial goals depends on setting a budget for all the little expenses that will come your way in November and December.
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    How to negotiate a raise

    Oct 3, 2018
    When we think about funding financial goals, often our first thought is to cut the budget: order take-out less frequently, hunt for better deals at the grocery store, uninstall the Amazon shopping app. While budgeting and frugality are critical, there may be an easier way to save money: earn a higher salary.
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    How to deal when you’re supporting your kids and your parents

    Sep 5, 2018
    At some point, many of us will find ourselves caring for our children and our aging parents at the same time. There’s a term for everyone who falls into this group: the sandwich generation.
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    Back to school: Saving for your kids’ future

    Aug 8, 2018
    Settling monthly bills and saving for inevitable unplanned costs—a broken air conditioning unit, a sprained ankle—is hard enough without factoring in saving for other, more distant goals. It can be tough to find the motivation, strategy or room in the budget to fund long-term goals like saving for your children’s future.
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    Balancing student debt repayment with other financial goals

    Jul 10, 2018
    Student debt is more widespread than ever before. For many, the repayment is a much larger burden than they expected when they first took out the loans, especially factoring in stagnant wage growth.
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