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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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    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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    Why you can relax about your student loans

    Jun 6, 2018
    Paying off student loans is nothing to take lightly. If left unaddressed, the balance can affect your credit score, limit your options for buying property, derail your retirement savings, keep you from taking risks in your career or in your life that might help you in the long run—and induce some serious anxiety when you check the balance.
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    How to handle the loss of an income

    May 8, 2018
    It takes hard work, determination—and in most cases a lot of time—to build up your income and save enough to finance the life you want to live, whether that means adopting a dog and renting an apartment in your dream city, providing a stable life for your family or funding your grandchildren’s education.
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    Spring cleaning: Making sense of financial clutter

    Apr 4, 2018
    Take advantage of your springtime energy to clean up a mess that is way more harmful than the dirt on your kitchen floors or the miscellany in your couch cushions: financial clutter.
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    A beginner's guide to goals-based investing

    Mar 21, 2018
    Being intentional about your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Think about it: you are more likely to get in running shape if you commit to a race and design a schedule to prepare, and more likely to finish a big project at work if you tell your boss about it and build a to-do list.
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