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Attention 8th-12th grade parents … “Over 130,000 Students Were Denied The MUST NEEDED Funds To Go To College… How Can You Assure It Won’t Happen To YOUR Child?”

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130,000 Illinois Students Got Denied College Financial Aid – Will You Fall in this Trap?

Do you want your 8th-12th grade student sitting in this same position when it is time for them to apply for assistance?  Do you have a plan, at least in your head, how you are going to help your child through college?  Have you gotten confused how the college planning process works? Well, we devoted […]

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Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Saving While You’re Young

May 10, 2010 Personal Finances, Retirement Planning, Video Comments Off on Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Saving While You’re Young
Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Saving While You’re Young

Another great guest post here by Yolander Prinzel to compliment one of our videos about a student who has gone through our wealth building and financial coaching process.  What a great writer she is!  I really appreciate her work as I continue to stay focused on my book deadline…

Enter Yolander Prinzel:

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Happy Mother’s Day from Money Smart Radio

May 9, 2010 Faith-based Leadership, Personal Development, Video Comments Off on Happy Mother’s Day from Money Smart Radio
Happy Mother’s Day from Money Smart Radio

Wishing all the Mothers out there…a wonderful weekend and especially a Happy Mother’s Day!  Here’s a quick little video of what we did at Family Christians Center yesterday to honor mothers and women…on this special day.  In case you haven’t noticed, I roll with some funny characters.  But one thing we have in common, is that we all love our moms! … Continue Reading

3 Steps to Building Money Smart Kid Character

3 Steps to Building Money Smart Kid Character

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you today’s guest blogger, LaRon Carter.  He is a former U.S. Marine (OOORAAAH!) and has a HUGE heart for kids.  We’ve become acquainted over social media, Twitter and Facebook, and he brings a very powerful message today for tomorrow’s leaders.  I LOVE how he integrated “Money Smart” into this post…awesome LaRon! Semper Fi, brother!!

Enter LaRon Carter:

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What Goes Up Doesn’t Have to Come Down

What Goes Up Doesn’t Have to Come Down

Did you hear the news about yesterday’s Dow Jones Index losing 900 points in a 20-minute period?  It even has the SEC regulatory authorities looking into it.  There is speculation that a trader may have mistakenly made an error in typing in the wrong numbers.  Instead of million, a trader may have accidentally entered a billion shares to sell.

I sure hope that the current success of the Dow Jones Index, S&P 500 Index and other stock market indicators do not fool anybody in thinking that we are out of the woods, yet.  It caused some stocks to go from $40/share to pennies, then come back up again.  How stressful is that?  I mean, if you are a nurse, firefighter or entrepreneur, do you really have time to babysit the stock market?

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Matthew Sapaula Signs Book Deal with Destiny Image Publishers Inc.

Matthew Sapaula Signs Book Deal with Destiny Image Publishers Inc.

Never did I think in a million years, would “author” be on my resume.  Thanks through the introduction of my radio producer, Mark Goldman, he set up a meeting with a book agent named Scott Spiewak of Fresh Impact Public Relations Group.

Mr. Spiewak did a great job of helping me consider writing a book, then consider which publisher would love to have me in their authors’ stable.  He had a representative of Destiny Image Publishers Inc, Joel Noeri, fly into Chicago to meet me for dinner.

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WGN Morning News: Matthew Sapaula talks Cash for College during Money Smart Week

April 30, 2010 College Planning, Media Appearances, Retirement Planning, Video Comments Off on WGN Morning News: Matthew Sapaula talks Cash for College during Money Smart Week
WGN Morning News: Matthew Sapaula talks Cash for College during Money Smart Week

As of Monday, April 19th, 2010, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has suspended all aid to applicants seeking Illinois public college financial aid.  According to the ISAC, they have seen a huge increase in the number of applicants this year due to students and parents seeking greater financial aid from the government.  The amount of aid being applied for cannot be supported, at this time, by the budget given to the ISAC from the Illinois government.

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SCORE TV: Personal Credit and How it Impacts You – pt 1

April 21, 2010 Debt & Credit Cards, Media Appearances, Personal Finances Comments Off on SCORE TV: Personal Credit and How it Impacts You – pt 1
SCORE TV: Personal Credit and How it Impacts You – pt 1

Mark Goodman, a SCORE mentor and part of the Small Business Administration, hosts SCORE TV in Chicago, IL.  In light of people losing their jobs, businesses downsizing, banks cutting lines of credit reluctant to extend any type of credit brings an attack on consumers personal credit.  Personal credit and your credit score is one of the most confusing areas in managing money yet affects a big chunk of our financial decision and choices.

Any time a crisis comes, it is a great time to review the basics.  SCORE TV and their editors broke down this 30 minute show into great bite size pieces on helping you all understand personal credit much more. There are a few, great quick videos to review.

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Money Smart Week 2010 Begins Today!

April 17, 2010 News and Events, Personal Finances Comments Off on Money Smart Week 2010 Begins Today!
Money Smart Week 2010 Begins Today!

If you’ve ever made a mistake with money, have challenges with money, want to make more money and want to find ways to make money work for you…then this is YOUR week!  The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago leads us to Money Smart Week Chicago 2010!  It runs from April 17th-24th. 2010.

For the past three years, MatthewSapaula, Inc. has been a proud Money Smart Week Partner of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s movement to promote financial education and literacy.

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Can’t Find a Job? Make One!

Can’t Find a Job? Make One!
Can’t find a job? Welcome to 2010. At the end of 2009, unemployment for 20-24 year olds stood at 16% , which was 50% more than the overall unemployment rate.

If you’re one of the many young people who is currently unemployed (or you’re serving frappucinos for a living) you have three options right now: be one of the fortunate few to land reasonable employment, live at home, or start your own business.

I know what you’re thinking. “Start your own business? Doesn’t that take money and experience?” Not necessarily. While I don’t recommend starting a biotech company in your basement, if you have a skill that other people will pay money for then you should considering striking off on your own. I did 8 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.

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How to Adjust Your Income Tax Return to Save More Towards Your Financial Goals During the Year

How to Adjust Your Income Tax Return to Save More Towards Your Financial Goals During the Year

I’ve had plenty of people contact me this week about getting “chunky” tax refunds.  Barring the fact that they may have taken advantage of the Home Buyer Tax Credit and/or qualify for Earned Income Credit, most people should recognize that getting a large federal income tax refund is not a great financial strategy.  In fact, it is the opposite.  This is another factor that keeps the rich, richer…the poor, poorer and the middle class, middle class.  Why?  The Urban Dictionary calls this financial phenomenon…

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