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The Cost of Taking Your Own Advice

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Taking a revitalizing vacation, working out and eating well have started to pay big dividends for Segunda and Lady Piola. Their slimmed-down reflections in boutique windows are sparkling and, more importantly, they're feeling vibrant (though a bit sore). Next, the mighty duo decides to exercise their minds with a good novel.
Segunda and I know nothing feels better than a book in hand and an afternoon rolling out before you like a red carpet. That is, until your "boomerang" daughter swirls through the door trumpeting: "I got a job!"
Those four words are music to any parent's ears; they certainly were to mine. After weeks of scouring job boards in an effort to heed my advice on how to become a financially independent adult, she beamed as she explained how her new job aligned with her future career goals. I breathed deeply, savoring that rare moment when life lessons hit home.
Then came a knock. The mail carrier, framed in my doorway, handed me a bundle of envelopes as if it were a gift. Instead, it was a stack of bills from my whirlwind travels

"It looks like it's time," I humbly told my daughter, "for Mom to take her own advice."
I directed some of my newfound energy toward getting my finances back in equally good shape. Luckily, I knew where to turn. I clicked through the AARP website with its wealth of financial advice and tips on saving.
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