Savvy Family Finance is an online resource to help you learn about managing your family’s money. Savvy Family Finance strives to make personal finance accessible and less complex for the bridge generation that deals with not only their own financial issues but working with their kids and/or parents finances as well. Whether it is about making use of your employee benefits, making a budget, saving for retirement, or even saving money on groceries, Savvy Family Finance is for you.
I’m Laura. I am a mother of two who likes to try out new crafts, attempt new recipes, and loves to learn about personal finance.
What is there to know about me? Way back in the olden days (as my kids like to say), I grew up in a small city in the midwest. After some more growing, I obtained a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science.
Why does that matter? It doesn’t. Honestly, I was never really a talented mathematician. I just had patience (or stubbornness) and a desire to figure out answers to problems.
What math and computer science did teach me was how to break down problems, and then go about solving them step-by-step. Each step builds upon previous steps, and you just need to stick with it.
So what lead me to personal finance and an interest in managing money?
My first interest in finance started a few years after graduating college. Some women at work and I formed an informal investment club to help one another learn about investing. Later, benefits caught my attention. And even later, I even took the same coursework many financial planners take to become certified. I even passed the certification exam (woohoo!). While I didn’t go on to change career paths to finance, my interest has remained.
Through reading, asking questions, having successes and making mistakes, I have learned a lot about money.
What all of this learning has taught me is that anyone can learn to manage her own finances.
Managing money shouldn’t be scary or overwhelming or hard. I’ve made mistakes, and I’m sure I’ll make more. But we can all learn together. Let’s learn what we can and build upon that knowledge to find the answers that work for us.
Do you have questions or a topic you would like to see? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.