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Financial Literacy

Changing the Conversation About Money

Society puts a huge emphasis on spending - and not nearly enough on saving.

It was an honor to curate Council for Economic Education's #MySavingsTip campaign for the second year, alongside amazing entrepreneurs, business owners and financial trailblazers Mark Cuban, Randi Zuckerberg, Melissa Giannini, Elizabeth Gore, Kelli B. Grant, Megan Hess, Beth Kobliner, Jeffrey Lacker, Ron Lieber, Erin Lowry, Dr. Annamaria Lusardi, Kathryn Minshew, Rosie Pope, Chris Siegfried, Lo Bosworth, Dan Kadlec, Nan J. Morrison, Brian Page, Mona Patel, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Chondra Sanchez, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Alexa von Tobel, Tara Lynn Wagner, Sam Zises, Ann Shoket and Brian Kelly.

My personal tip? Money doesn't grow on trees. Don't be afraid to talk openly about the importance of saving, spending and investing. 

Huge thank you to CNBC, Mashable, Huffington Post and Linkedin for covering this incredible campaign, and check out my recap for Entrepreneur

3 Tips for Buying a Home in NYC

So you want to buy a home?

Growing up with two parents who work in real estate, I’ve learned a thing or two about good property investments. (I even bought my first home with some of my bat-mitzvah money when I was 17.)

Now 30, with many of my friends making first-time home purchases, I’ve had many of them come to me for advice.

Here are my top three tips for home-buying success, whether it’s your first place in NYC – or an investment property in Miami.

1. Don’t show your cards.

Hardwood floors. Stainless steel appliances. Laundry in the unit?!?! It’s difficult to not get excited when you walk into your dream home (or in my case, New York City apartment). While it’s nice to pay a compliment or two to the current homeowner (“You have a beautiful home”) - showing too much excitement can translate into desperation and will create less bargaining power for you when it comes time to negotiate. Instead, keep a check-list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves, and feel free to reference it any time you’re feeling fragile.

2. Do your homework.

I shopped for a year before buying my NYC apartment. While that doesn’t have to be your trajectory (and I hope it’s not) – it’s important to do your research before jumping in excitedly (see tip #1). What did the apartment next door sell for 5 years ago? What are the real estate, HOA and maintenance costs? Does the building have a savings fund in case of unexpected assessments? Does your building own the air rights to the building next door so you never have to worry about losing your view? Is the building close to a bridge or tunnel, where oncoming traffic might be noisy? Ask the right questions, even if there are a hundred (there are at least a hundred).

3. Get Insured.

A home is often the biggest investment a person will make in their lifetime, so it’s important to protect it. One pleasant surprise I encountered when I bought my home in NYC was that the price of home insurance was less than I expected. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the average insurance premium in New York is $1,213/year (only two hundred higher than the national average, $1,034). One company that provides even more discounts is Allstate, including a 10% welcome discount. You can learn more about how an Allstate Agent can offer advice and help protect your biggest investment here.

This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.

Council for Economic Education Visionary Awards Gala

You already know how much I love Council for Economic Education and the very important work they do. 

This week, I attended CEE's 11th Annual Visionary Awards dinner, an amazing event featuring economic and financial literary leaders Arianna Huffington, Richard Edelman, Frank Bisignano, Glenn Hubbard. I had the pleasure of taking over CEE's social media channels for the event, which you can check out with #CEEVisionaryAwards and on CEE's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Head over to CEE's blog for more on the event and some great photos. Here are a few of my favorite.

Council for Economic Education: #MySavingsStory

In honor of Financial Literacy Month this April, I partnered with Council for Economic Education to curate a month-long video campaign, #MySavingsStory. 

From Elie Tahari to Rosie Pope to yours truly, we recruited 15 global innovators to create videos featuring their advice for financial success. (Check out the compilation video above, and watch how I learned to save money here.)

These videos are airing in K-12 classrooms nationwide to inspire kids about the importance of understanding and taking control of their financial lives.

As a small business owner, financial management has been an essential part of my success. When I started my business, I had to learn very quickly what worked financially - and what didn't.

Thank you to Women's Wear Daily, who broke the story and helped raise awareness of this important cause.

And a special thanks to our participants Rosie Pope, Veeral Rathod, Noelle Scaggs, Nan Morrison, Mona Patel, Melissa Giannini, Kelli Grant, John Dioso, Jeff Lacker, Jeff Kinney, Janet Bodnar, Elie Tahari, Dan Kadlec, and Brian Kelly.