Published on November 15th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Country Financial’s Tim Harris On Holiday Budgeting, Financial Planning, Holiday Plans & More

Just in time for families to plan their holiday budgets, COUNTRY Financial has released the results of its new Security Index Survey on financial literacy and confidence. The survey found that personal finance may be a taboo topic in most American households, with more than a quarter of parents (27 percent) admitting that they have not talked to their kids about money.

Interestingly, the holiday season is an ideal time for parents to share important financial lessons with their kids for the gift giving season. It’s also an equally important time for partners to have good communication about holiday budgeting and spending. This doesn’t mean it’s easy, however, as most parents say they would rather go to the dentist (39 percent), talk about the birds and the bees (36 percent) or pay a speeding ticket (6 percent) than talk about finances with their children.

I spoke with finance expert Tim Harris — who joined COUNTRY Financial in 1992 and has served as the Executive Vice President of Agency for COUNTRY Financial since June 2019 — about this and more on November 14, 2019. Harris is also notably the President and Co-Founder of the See Ya Later Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on inspiring youth and encouraging families

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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