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Two of the biggest factors influencing site selection decisions are the availability and quality of talent. One of the ways companies compare regions when selecting locations is to compare educational attainment for adults age 25 and older. Many of the high-wage, high-demand jobs require education after high school. Many corporate relocations are clustered in a few US cities because few communities have high educational attainment rates.
The US has an educational attainment crisis on its hands. According to the US Census American Community Survey, 12.6 percent of adults age 25 and over had a graduate or professional degree in 2018. Twenty percent of adults age 25 and over had a bachelor’s degree. 8.6% had an associate’s degree. 20.3% had some college, but no degree. 26.9% had only a high school diploma. 6.7% had an educational level between 9th and 12th grade. 5% had an educational level less than 9th grade.

Win the Money Game: How Our Family Stopped Being Financial Losers and You Can, Too! 

Hi, we’re Jennifer and Anthony Edwards. This is the story of how we learned to work together on our journey to financial freedom. We learned some important lessons along the way and we hope you can learn from our experience and win your money game.
Most of us have played a video game at some point. Unless you’re a “gamer,” you’ve probably experienced the frustration of losing all of your lives or failing to defeat a level of a game. Then we see the dreaded words on the screen: Game Over.
In real life, we only get one time to play. Many of us stay on the same level of money and are never able to get to higher levels. What do most successful gamers do that most of us don’t? They watch videos of other successful gamers and they have cheat codes that allow them to bypass components of the game. In real life, we can learn from other people who have succeeded with money where we have failed. We can follow their instructions and get similar results. There are, however, some principles of money that we cannot change. The cheat code for money isn’t cheating. It’s figuring out if there are ways to skip levels (like in Super Mario Brothers) by following certain rules and avoid repeating the same mistakes by understanding the rules of the money game. Eventually, we will all reach life’s equivalent of Game Over, which might be retirement or death. The question is whether we will have enough money to live on in retirement and money to leave our loved ones when we die.
Here are some lessons we learned to help us win the Money Game:


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