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If “This” is Important, Why Am I Not Already Doing It?

Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC  |  Debbie Hatch This title is not intended to be a throw back to the trite “if it’s important, you’ll always find a way” fitspo quote.  I don’t believe in that, personally.  There’s so much that’s important, it can be overwhelming.  Life happens.  There are things we can’t control.  I selected

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Spring Cleaning Your Financial House

Pinnacle Personnel Services LLC  |  Debbie Hatch   Monday was Memorial Day, a day to remember our fallen; those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  It’s also typically the recognized start to summer so I might be a little late in talking about spring cleaning, but it feels relevant.   While it’s difficult

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Financial Assistance for Military Families

Pinnacle Personnel Services  |  Debbie Hatch In the military with a recently unemployed spouse? Feeling the financial pinch of COVID-19? Officials with Army Emergency Relief (AER) said they’ve extended eligibility to any Title 10 Army Reserve or Title 10 or Title 32 Army National Guard soldier activated in support of COVID-19 relief.  The expansion gives

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Novel Coronavirus Positives

Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC  |  Debbie Hatch I’m not a “glass half-full” kinda girl but definitely not a “glass half-empty” either. I’m a, “I have a glass, and can fill it with whatever I have” person.  As a small business owner, I’ve lost 100% of my income for the months of April and May. As

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Market Response to COVID-19. Should I panic?

Pinnacle Personnel Services  |  Debbie Hatch These are unprecedented times.  Worldwide people are learning terms like “social distancing” and “shelter in place”.  We’re (can I say “finally” without seeming like a jerk?) learning to wash our hands, cover our mouths when we cough, and stay home when we’re sick.  Although we’ve been told not to

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Vigilance Over Our Money is Important

Pinnacle Personnel Services  |  Debbie Hatch I actually wrote this back in 2017 but just found it in my Draft folder. Still 100% relevant today.  It’s about “finding money” we can save for retirement (or apply to other things if that’s what needs to happen right now). When it comes to saving for retirement, many

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I’m not an infectious disease expert and likely, neither are you

Pinnacle Personnel  |  Debbie Hatch These are frightening, anxiety-provoking times both in life and in money.  The virus IS serious.  We now have a pandemic.   Added to that, there’s also wide-spread hysteria and SO MUCH misinformation.  As always, there are already scams and numerous people trying to make a buck on other’s misfortune.  Some people

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Black Friday By The Numbers

Pinnacle Personnel Services  |  Debbie Hatch A recent Prudential study shows that an alarming 57% of all employees across this country are stressed about their financial situation.  These are people that are working. The top 3 reasons for this stress includes not being able to save for the future, difficulty paying monthly bills, and mounting credit

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Sunday Morning Coffee & Musings

Pinnacle Personnel Services LLC  |  Debbie Hatch   It’s only 37 degrees this morning in Nebraska but the sun is out and I’m enjoying a cup of coffee in my own dining room.  I have nothing to complain about (what purpose does complaining about everything serve anyway?) This morning’s thoughts settle on our human tendency

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Contributions to Retirement Accounts Increase for 2020

Pinnacle Personnel Services, LLC  |  Debbie Hatch It’s official.  Yesterday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that retirement savings account limits have increased for 2020. Highlights of changes for 2020   The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is increased from $19,000

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