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Shannah Compton Game, CFP®, MBA will inspire you to fall in love with your money, find the possible in the impossible, and move ahead of the curve.

Shannah teaches, speaks and writes about all thing personal finance. She is a Lecturer in Finance at California State University Northridge, where she has crafted exciting Financial Literacy classes for college students. She is also busy creating fun curriculum for high school students because she always believes that money should be fun at any age.

Shannah also is a freelance writer and her articles have been featured in many magazines and blogs where she frequently writes about money, travel, food and general lifestyle.

In her free time, Shannah is the Principal at Shannah L. Compton, CFP(r), MBA, a California Registered Investment Advisory firm, where she consults with Gen X and Y clients.

Entries by Shannah L. Compton

Sharing the Millennial Way

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 9:47 AM

While the classic American Dream is to own everything, cars, homes, luxury items and such, millennials are creating their own version of the American Dream: sharing with access, without owning.

"For some of these millennials, access is more important than ownership - and that's why the "No Strings Economy,"...

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5 Best Credit Cards for New Grads

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:01 PM

When you toss your cap in the air on graduation day, the world feels like it is at your feet. You're ready to enter adulthood armed with a degree from college, you've got a few job prospects and life feels pretty sweet. That's until you go to buy your first...

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Stockholm Knows How to Rock Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Co-authored by Jeff Game

Roof top hiking, human rights, sublime Chinese food and one of the great water cities in the world - just another typical Stockholm Summer is about to go off.

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A cool Nordic breeze wafts off the sprawling archipelago and...

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24-Hour Desert Escape

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 4:12 PM

Co-authored by Jeff Game

Ride in the steps of the Cisco Kid, gaze into the rings of Saturn and catch some great music at an institution of Rock-n-Roll.

The restlessness stirs inside and the feeling of roaming in wide-open spaces is overwhelming - start up the convertible- the desert is calling.

Just over a two hour drive outside of Los Angeles awaits an affordable and very hipster-friendly getaway in the California Desert towns of Twentynine Palms and Pioneertown U.S.A. Take a 24-hour road trip to the mystical and authentically Americana part of the golden state, which has inspired such bands as U2, Queens of the Stone Age and the Foo Fighters.

Living in Los Angeles, we literally have the city that never sleeps at our doorstep. Oftentimes though, we find ourselves in need of a serious escape from this non-stop metropolis. When that time comes, there's nothing better than a short 24-hour escape from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives to get out of the city and recharge our batteries, all while keeping our budget firmly in tack.

A trip like this needed a shot of Steve McQueen cool -- we hit the open highways in our newly rented American icon of muscle cars, the Mustang convertible.

With the top down on the Mustang, and the wind blowing in our hair, we blew right past the Hwy10 exit of the more well-known desert vacation spot, Palm Springs, on our 24-hour journey.

We were looking for a desert location that offered a unique vibe, lots of adventure and hidden gems that we wouldn't find anywhere else. If you want to splurge, we've got you covered with some jaw-dropping picks, and if you're into saving some dough, your options are just as cool and social media worthy.

Check out our list of Sleep, Go, Explore and Eat picks for Twentynine Palms and Pioneertown.

Sleep
Splurge It: 29 Palms Inn
For more than 85 years, the sprawling 29 Palms Inn has been a mystical oasis in the desert, with an eclectic assortment of room and cottage choices. The West End Cottage is a roomy upgrade, with two rooms, a kitschy kitchen, backyard with BBQ and your own piano in the parlor. The West End Cottage starts around $255.


Saving Dough: JT Village Park Experience
A steal of a deal has to be a cool Air B&B special near Joshua Tree National Park. This 1940's remodeled home is walking distance to the historic Joshua Tree Saloon, and comes with a stylish cowboy pool in the rustic backyard. This little gem has everything needed for a desert dwellers escape. The JT Village Park Experience starts around $115.

Go
Splurge It: Coyote Ridge Stables
One way that a city slicker can take in the openness that the desert offers is by horseback. The folks at Coyote Ridge Stables have a private 2-hour riding tour with just you, your riding guide and the serene desert wildlife. The Lizard rock private tour will run you $150.

Saving Dough: Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace
The legendary and family run music desert haven Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Palace has been packing in crowds for decades now. On a given night, music lovers can catch such chart-topping acts as Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Lucinda Williams, and hall of famer Robert Plant once stunned the Sunday night crowd by sitting in with the house band of the night. Big name acts can run $35; however most of the shows at Pappy's start at the low, low price of free!

Explore
Splurge It: Coyote Telescope Star Tours
The desert sky is already lit up with a stargazer's buffet of celestial delights, so why not get up and personal with the heavenly body. A 2-hour private star tour with Coyote Telescopes is one of coolest ways to see a galaxy far, far away. The 2-hour guided tour for six or less people is $175.

Saving Dough: 29 Palms Creative Art Gallery
Get your artistic side on with a relaxing a creative class at the 29 Palms Creative Art Gallery, a short walk from 29 Palms Inn. Classes range from painting pottery, to hand building clay creature or painting of all kind. Classes range in a variety of prices; a couple can build their own dinosaur family starting at $55 per couple.

Eat
Splurge It: 29 Palms Inn Restaurant
Farm-to-table is all the rage in the world gastronomy; however at the 29 Palms Inn Restaurant, it is a way of life with their own Faultline Farms providing the freshest ingredients. It does not get much fresher than housemade breads, soups, dressings and desserts, along with a bountiful crop of fresh from the garden fruits and vegetables. Dinner at the poolside setting bistro start around $50-100 for two.

Saving Dough: Pie for the People
Starting out as food truck following the music festival scene in the early 2000's, Pie for the People have honed their New York style pizza making chops and are now a staple to any desert foodie journeymen. You can't go wrong with the daring David Bowie pizza, that features bacon, jalapeños and ricotta cheese -- a rock star of a...

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Niklas Ekstedt Is on Fire

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Co-Authored by Jeff Game

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"Stockholm is now the most important place for food in Europe" - Niklas Ekstedt

Swedish TV chef, restaurant owner, fire starter, and all around good guy Niklas Ekstedt sat down to talk about the exploding Stockholm food scene,...

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6 Things Millennials Should Do Before Buying a House

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 2:37 PM

The ball drop on NYE 2014 didn't just mark the end of last year; it also marked the start to a new year with a resurgence of millennial first-time home buyers on the hunt for real estate.

According to a CNN Money article, "With rents rising faster...

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5 Mobile Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Have at Their Fingertips

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 2:18 PM

It's a beautiful 80-degree day and you are sitting on a perfectly positioned balcony overlooking the crystal blue water. Next to you sits a table with a cool beverage and some delicious snacks. Your workday routine consists of checking emails on your devices, dreaming up your new marketing campaign and...

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4 Things I Wish I Knew About Money in my 20s

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2015 | 11:30 PM

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Millennials. You've grown up in an ever-changing world of technology, pop culture and reality TV. Ask any other generation, and their list of career options wouldn't include professional blogger, mobile app creator or YouTube star.

You've seen the stock market fall apart in...

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3 Irresistible Credit Card Strategies for Travelers

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Dreaming about jetting off to the warm sands of Bali, or the historic streets of Paris or even enjoying the holiday magic in New York City, but your bank account doesn't exactly agree? The secret to affording your travel dreams might be lurking in your wallet right now without you...

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4 Must Have Money Saving Apps for 2015

(15) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:48 AM

With less than 30 days left in the year, now is the time to start thinking about all the cool new ways you can save money in 2015. Nothing starts a new year out better than extra money in your pocket.

Searching for the best apps to save you money...

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3 Investing Mistakes Millennials Don't Know They Are Making

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:02 PM

It is possible to have too much cash, just not if you are a millennial.

The days of 2008-2009, when investors saw losses in their investment portfolios equal 50-60% of their value are all but memories for most, but surprisingly not the millennials.

Millennials, ages 18-29, have spurred...

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The Millennials' Secret to a Happy Commute

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 4:01 PM

It's 3:00 PM in Los Angeles on a Wednesday. You need to get from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica for a meeting. If you are from out of town you check the mileage and think, "only 15 miles, no problem." If you are from Los Angeles, and arguably...

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4 Life Changes That Will Save You Big on Car Insurance

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:14 PM

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You know that nice vacation you want to take but you just cannot find a way to save for it? What about the cool new Iphone that you must have, but boy is it expensive? You have been eying that new pair...

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Have a $50,000 Wedding on a $3,000 Budget: 8 Great Secrets to a Hip and Affordable Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 10:11 AM

Pick up any wedding magazine these days and you will surely think that you need to find a money tree to shake to be able to afford a nice wedding. How about Mr. and Mrs. Kanye West? If you have a spare $14-$20 million, sure you can have a wedding...

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5 Ways to Stop Your Financial Would-Should-Could Haves

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Would have...should have...could have. How many times have you said those words when thinking about your finances? I've probably said them, oh, about a bazillion times. You could play this game all day long and never really make any progress towards change. It's really easy to look backwards at mistakes...

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Cocktails Hour Gone Rogue: Three Ways to Beat a High-priced Cocktail Bill

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:34 AM

I'm not going to "lime" to you. Drinks out on the town are downright expensive. Margaritas, tequila shots, Cosmopolitans, Moscow Mules are among the worst budget busters. They look so good on the menu, and they taste even better. Even a bad margarita is still a good margarita. What gives...

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Stayin' Stylish... On A Budget

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:38 PM

"I don't do fashion, I am fashion." -- Coco Chanel

Suede suits. Lace dresses. Faux leather jackets. Old school tennis shoes. I can never keep track of what is trendy now, what used to be trendy, and furthermore, what should I spend my cash on. Just when I think I...

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Danger, Danger: The ABC's of How Your Budget Breaks Down Before You Board the Plane and Sneaky Ways to Save Money

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Ah, the friendly skies. I long to be able to travel like they did in the 1950s where it seemed fun and exciting. Those were the days of happy passengers who dressed up for their special trip. The pilots wore happy smiles and it was actually a thrilling career to...

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P-to the -D to the -O: Three Important Factors to Know Before You Choose Your Affordable Care Act Health Plan

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:14 PM

I can't think of a bigger hot button topic right now than the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). As if we needed something else in this country to divide people's opinions even more. Yes, I'm one of those people who don't like to talk about politics because no one can...

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How to Answer the 'What Do You Do for a Living' Question in 3 Easy Steps

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 8:34 AM

"It's nice to meet you... what do you do for a living?" That is my least favorite question of them all. Entrepreneurs, can I get an Amen? How in the world do I describe myself? I am part Certified Financial Planner professional, part branding and marketing expert, part product creator,...

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