Financial Challenges for Women

Preparing for the future is one of the most important aspects of financial strategizing, and a lack of involvement often leaves women, in particular, potentially exposed to financial hardships later in life. Don’t expect a spouse, partner, or other family member to help ensure financial security.

Women investors face several challenges to helping build wealth and helping secure their financial futures, and should take an active role in their financial future, long-term goals, and financial health. READ MORE


Fun & Free Things for Kids

Fun activities in the summer can turn into wonderful teaching tools and they keep everyone in the family active!

Create a scrub-a-dub toy wash. Trying to do your own spring cleaning? Get the kids involved with a toy wash. Bring out all the bikes, trikes, trucks and more and run them through the hose, sprinkler or kiddie pool with some mild soap. End the wash with a Super Soaker fight.

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Book of the Month

Tax-Free Retirement by Patrick Kelly
“Tax Free Retirement will show you how to avoid 9 common Financial Landmines, teach you how to generate tax-free retirement income, explain how to multiply your IRA two or three fold for future generations and help you leave a lasting legacy beyond your wildest imagination.”

 

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness.
Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

Skillet Lemon Chicken With Artichokes

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
6 small chicken thighs (2 lbs.)
1 medium onion, chopped
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 TBSP butter
14 oz. artichoke hearts, quartered
1 medium lemon, sliced thinly with seeds removed
Parsley for garnish, chopped
Rice, steamed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a 12-inch skillet.
3. Cover chicken with ½ tsp of salt and pepper, each.
4. Place chicken skin side down in the skillet, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until it turns golden brown.
5. Move chicken to a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, with the chicken’s skin side up.
6. Place chicken in oven and roast for 15 minutes or until it fully cooks to an internal temperature of 165°F.
7. Add to skillet the chopped onion and ¼ tsp salt, and cook for 3 minutes on medium heat.
8. Pour dry white wine into skillet, and simmer onions for 2 minutes, scraping up browned pieces.
9. Add butter and stir until melted. Add artichoke hearts and lemon to the skillet.

To Serve:
• Plate chicken with steamed rice, and spoon sauce over dish.
• Add flair to the dish by garnishing with the chopped parsley.

Receive In-Person Tax Support from the IRS

If you need helping managing your taxes, the IRS has an array of services online that can provide a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) platform. Sometimes, however, you may need a deeper level of support. Taxpayers seeking in-person support have the option to schedule a face-to-face meeting.*

  • Find your closest IRS Tax Assistance Center (TAC): You can locate the nearest TAC by using the Contact Your Local Office Tool on the IRS website.
  • Request to schedule an appointment: To receive in-person tax support, you must call the following number to make your appointment: 844-545-5640.

Before You Call

Just remember that the IRS encourages you to manage your tax details through their DIY platform or phone support before requesting an in-person meeting. Other details may apply, and you can find more information on the IRS website.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor. Tip courtesy of IRS.gov

Eat These Foods to Help Your Eye Health

Many people eat carrots to help improve their vision. However, we can go beyond just one root vegetable to boost our eye health. Research reveals that most food with antioxidant properties are good for your eye health. These foods have carotenoid compounds like beta-carotene, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, among other nutrients. You can give your vision a boost and support improved eye health by eating the following foods:

Vegetables

Broccoli
Collard greens
Kale
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Sweet potato
Swiss chard

Fruits

Apricot
Avocado
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Honeydew
Mango
Oranges
Papaya
Peaches
Tangerines
Tomatoes

Ways to Stay Cool Without Using an A/C

Summer is officially here, bringing heat and humidity across much of the country. Many people crank their air conditioners to stay cool. However, running A/C units adds to your utility bills and energy consumption. If you’re looking to decrease how often you rely on your A/C during the summer, follow these tips for staying cool.

  • Draw energy-efficient curtains: Hanging the right curtains and closing them during the day can do wonders to keep the heat down in your house. Choose medium-colored curtains that have a white plastic backing. Using these types of curtains can reduce the heat gains by 33%.
  • Close the blinds during the day: Blinds work similarly to curtains to block out the sun. By using highly reflective blinds and closing them during the day, you can reduce heat gains by 45%.
  • Change the type of light bulbs you use: Incandescent light bulbs give off immense, unused heat, wasting 90% of their energy. Switching your light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) can greatly reduce the heat in your home.