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About Sharon Cabeen

Sharon is an award winning Accredited Financial Counselor, AFC® who has helped clients with budget counseling, debt repayment strategies, and financial education for over 35 years. Her passion is assisting people as they embark on life choices and transitions that involve their personal finances. Recently retired, Sharon is enjoying a successful transition to a slower and simpler pace, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and the opportunity to try new kitchen creations.

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Teaching Your Kids About Money

I recall from my life as a young teen that, after spending most of my years fully ignorant of the money our family had or frankly worrying about it at all, my mother made it clear to me and my … Continue reading

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Real Cost of Home Improvements

Buying a home is a big decision and an even bigger investment. For many, purchasing a home will be their largest financial transaction in addition to becoming the most valuable asset they own. While some buyers look for “move in … Continue reading

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Turn Off the Lights

Although there are many ways to curb household expenses, one of the areas that often gets the least consistent attention is the use of utilities and the associated costs. Often it’s as easy as remembering to turn off lights as … Continue reading

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Save on THIS in January

Every year, many experts publish articles and lists of items that go on sale big time throughout the year. We as consumers often purchase goods as we think we need or want them, and not always when it’s best for … Continue reading

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Childhood Lessons from Holiday Shopping

A long time ago while raising a 7 year old alone, I decided it was time for yet another money activity and learning opportunity for my son. Fortunately I had opened what used to be called a “Christmas Club Savings … Continue reading

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Let the Holidays Begin

As the new year approaches, it can bring up a lot of anxiety around impending holidays and all the “extras” this time of the year involves. Think about it – there’s extra food, extra or new clothes, extra events, extra … Continue reading

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Holiday Cooking and Feasting

If you are like me, you are already thinking about the big dinners that are ahead for the holidays.  Thoughts are running around in your head about who will be at your table, what you will serve up, and how … Continue reading

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College Roommate Food Fights

Whether you are heading to college this fall for the very first time or a returning student, there are always plenty of decisions – what courses to take, major, minor, how much to borrow, how much to work – but … Continue reading

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The Feel Good of Saving

How does it start – the “feel good” of saving money? It’s a tough question to answer. Maybe it happens all at once and you wake up and say “oh, I’m going to start saving money today” and then you … Continue reading

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The Grocery Store Dilemma

I recall a trip to the the grocery store where I noted a mother with two small children picking up a pint bottle of bleach with a price tag of $ 1.69 when right next to it was a gallon … Continue reading

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Thinking of Buying a Home?

There’s a whole body of study and opinion around housing options and choices – renting versus buying is certainly one of the main considerations. And where to live is right up there as well. Buying a home isn’t for everyone. … Continue reading

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