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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.

  • Practical Budgeting

    Practical budgeting for today’s woman

    Mar 8, 2018
    As women, we are constantly busy building our careers, nurturing our relationships with friends, family, and partners, caring for kids and aging parents, and all the while trying to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle for ourselves.
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  • Saving for Travel

    How to save for travel and adventure

    Feb 21, 2018
    Your 20s are a time of exploration, self-discovery, and adventure. If your 30s and 40s are for settling down, raising a family, and climbing to the top of the corporate ladder, your 20s are for travel, new experiences, and learning about the wider world.
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    4 Tips to Tackle Love + Money for Every Stage of Your Romantic Life

    Feb 5, 2018
    Whether you find yourself dating, getting serious or married long ago, it’s important to be on the same financial page as your (potential) mate. Navigating money topics pops up sooner than you might assume: as early as the first date when the check comes. Who’s responsible for paying it?
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  • Running

    Baby Steps: Setting your first financial goal for the year

    Jan 3, 2018
    Successfully reaching a financial goal is much like running a marathon, not a sprint. While I’m not much of a runner myself, I understand that running a marathon requires training, time, effort, diligence and discipline, not to mention patience.
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    Holiday gifts that build healthy money habits

    Dec 4, 2017
    Even the most thoughtful presents usually don’t last forever. Sweaters are outgrown. Games and books get boring after a while. Gadgets can be broken, or become obsolete. But there is something of lasting value you can give your loved ones: healthy money habits and financial gifts that will pay off for years to come.
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  • How to budget for the holidays

    Making a holiday spending plan

    Nov 16, 2017
    The end of the year is often a hectic time, especially for women balancing work and family—and budgets. Each holiday season, many find themselves overextended and underprepared, and on top of it all lack room in their spending plans for the extra meals, travel, and gifts.
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  • Is a 529 right for you

    Back to school: Is a 529 account right for you?

    Oct 16, 2017
    Back-to-school season is upon us. The commercials flood your televisions touting deals and discounts for school supplies and fresh new fashions in anticipation of fall’s approach.
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  • Stop worrying about your finances

    How to stop worrying about your finances and do something about them

    Jul 26, 2017
    Money is one of the biggest stressors out there. Maybe you never seem to have enough in your bank account to pay off your credit card bills in full or you aren’t sure if you’re putting enough of your income into savings. Personal finance is a big, nebulous area for many people.
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