Survey Details Back-to-School Spending for 2019

The National Retail Federation (NRF) and Proper Insights & Analytics recently released a survey detailing back-to-school spending for the 2019 school year. The survey looks at how American families plan to shop for clothing, supplies, and other items for the school year. Record spending expected for 2019 As students prepare to go back to school […]

What’s New in the College World?

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If you’re the parent or grandparent of a current or prospective college student, you might be interested to learn what’s new in the world of higher education. Higher college costs For the 2018-2019 school year, average costs for tuition, fees, room, and board were: $21,370 at public colleges (in-state) $37,430 at public colleges (out-of-state) $48,510 […]

The Joys and Financial Challenges of Parenthood

financial planning with children

Parenthood can be both wonderfully rewarding and frighteningly challenging. Children give gifts only a parent can understand — from sticky-finger hugs to heartfelt pleas to tag along on Saturday morning errands. You raise them with a clear goal that you secretly dread will actually take place — that someday they will be grown, independent, and […]

Sticker Shock: Creative Ways to Lower the Cost of College

Even with all of your savvy college shopping and research about financial aid, college costs may still be prohibitive. At these prices, you expect you’ll need to make substantial financial sacrifices to send your child to college. Or maybe your child won’t be able to attend the college of his or her choice at all. […]

Intern Experience at BFWM

As a University at Buffalo intern at Buffalo First this summer has been a valuable learning experience. I have been able to not only learn more about finance and making investments but a lot about the world of business. Whether I was meeting new people or working on a project, the internship was always fresh […]