What Do You Value?


I rarely write about topics that are not directly related to crafting, cooking, cleaning or organization, here on Tip Junkie, but personal finances have been on my mind ever since Hurricane Harvey. This is a topic that has become very important to me, so I hope that this is something that will resonant with you as well. {high fives}

I live right outside Houston and being a part of the devastation and rebuilding that has taken place has made me really think about the importance of being financially aware, increasing our self reliance, and teaching my boys to be as well. We never know what sort curve balls life might throw our way, so we need to be prepared.

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I’ve spent so much time thinking about this. I’ve researched how to best be financially responsible and how to teach this (finance) as well. I’ve come to the conclusion that being financially mature (with student loans, credit cards, cash flow, and more) and responsible is not as intuitive as it may seem and that with all of the balls that we all juggle it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of life, getting by as best we can without considering long term goals.

Davis Scott and Laurie at Blinn and Texas A&M College Tour

I’m still in denial I will have two boys in college soon. Seriously, where did the time go?!?  My baby brother took me and Davis on our first college tour to Blinn and Texas A&M University.  Davis loved it.  However, all of a sudden the financial realities became very real.

Recently I discovered The onUp Challenge by SunTrust that teaches us how to be financially confident with a gamified experience. Awesome, right? The thing I love about the onUp Challenge is that the confidence comes from tips and actionable steps that are customized to your values. So, as you work your way through the challenge, you learn tips that work for you and what’s most important to you in your life, like money management. This is really nice because financial goals are different for everyone. What my boys will focus on financially is different than what an empty nester will.

The onUp Challenge is for every one! Whether you are in good financial standing, need to budget, or just have questions and aren’t sure who to ask, the challenge is for you.

What is the Challenge?

The onUp Challenge is all about gaining financial confidence in a light-hearted way. Explore seven “lands” where you’ll ace or crush challenges, take simple quizzes and learn great money tips that are so helpful.

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What do You Value?

I LOVE this about the onUp Challenge. It’s based around values. The concept is simple. It’s about guiding you with values and what’s most important to you. So, it teaches you to spend in alignment with what is most important to you, or with your values. So, the first step is to select your values. Then, you’ll start exploring the 7 “magical lands”. These lands are full of challenges, tools, inspiration and advice! I’m all about “action” so I love that there are action checklists that create accountability! Did I mention that there are Mind Map Activities? {{knuckle bumps}}


I learned so much from the challenge, and so did the other 2 million people that have taken it. I highly recommend it. It’s fun, and doesn’t take a lot of time. Best of all, it’s super useful.

What are you waiting for?
Are you ready to take the challenge?

{It’s free, of course}

Laurie Turk Family the Tip Junkie
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~ Laurie  {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

Here’s our latest family picture. I still can’t believe how much my boys have changed in such a short time.

Davis Scott and Laurie at Blinn and Texas A&M College Tour
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