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The Financial Guides

My family’s idea of financial planning was having enough left over from their paycheck to go to a movie. My parents were well-intentioned but raising four teenagers and one child (I was born when my siblings were entering their teen years. Oops) used up all their resources. As well, both of them grew up during the Depression and didn’t often consider money, instead they focused on physical resources such as food and shelter. As a  result, I didn’t learn money management until I was well into my adult years and faced down not one but two bankruptcies. Oops.

Tammy Johnston helps children learn to navigate the financial waters early and holistically. Through her series, Financial Foundation Books, Johnston helps children learn how to plan, ask intelligent questions and how to achieve goals. The work is beautifully depicted through the work of talented Calgary illustrator and designer, Janice Blaine. There are currently two sets available, the Foundation and the Grow series (each series has six books) and there are plans for more. As part of their commitment of support, $10 from every series sold goes to World Vision Canada to help with the Typhoon Haiyan Relief.

For the past 11 years, Johnston has taught children about finances. However, she also teaches adults and has a series of classes available to anyone who wishes to learn more. After 21 years as a financial advisor, Johnston loves being able to educate people about their financial power and enable them to have fiscal freedom. However, she is still frustrated by the complex nature of information available to consumers and its lack of honesty and simplicity. It is these frustrations that Johnston continues to work against.

Johnston has a full range of services available in her business, not just for children but for adults as well. You can phone her at (403) 257-6354 or go to her website for more information or to set up an appointment.

Remember, it’s never too early or too late to learn financial responsibility. After all, I did it.

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