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It’s called Mari Talks Money because I have something to say, and here is where I say it. But I want to know what YOU think too. So let’s think of this page like a living room. Pull up a chair and read, listen or watch a while. Then send me your comments and questions!

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Mari Earns Graduate Certificate in Financial Therapy

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, it’s always been for me about helping women feel confident and in charge of their money. That’s why I’m so proud of earning my graduate certificate in Financial Therapy at Kansas...

Is Your Credit Score Good Enough?

Last week, I got a panicked call from a client. She is buying a new condo in Miami, and has been busy working with a mortgage broker to wrap up the financing details. “I am so upset,”...

No ‘Cruel Summer’ for Swifties in Madrid

Hard to believe that less than a week ago I was strolling through the cobblestone calles of Madrid, sampling the capital’s famous jamón ibérico and breakfasting on indulgent churros con chocolate. I spent my last day in Madrid...

New Grand Baby? Here’s A Gift With Lifetime Impact

So many friends and neighbors are becoming grandparents, and they tell me it’s a lot more fun than parenting! I can believe it. So if you are a grandparent, congratulations! Enjoy every moment of it. Part of...

How To Raise Financially Fearless Daughters – Mother’s Day 2024

This Mother’s Day, help your daughter grow up to be financially fearless. The best way for moms to teach positive money lessons is to set an example. Let your daughter watch how you take care of family finances...

Gifting To Kids: Now Or Later?

Most parents plan on leaving unspent money and assets to their kids at death. But what if there’s a better way to do it? What about giving money to them right now so they can create a...