Money Talks. You Should, Too.

Money Talks. You Should, Too.

I think we can all agree that talking about our finances is uncomfortable, especially if your finances are not in the best health. Fortunately, you  do not need to broach this subject with everyone you meet. However you do need to be able to communicate with your significant other about money, especially in serious relationships.

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The Wonderful World of Robo-Advisors

The Wonderful World of Robo-Advisors

Investing money is an effective way to grow your wealth, but knowing how to invest and what to invest in can be difficult when starting out. Until recently, the only options for investing were doing it on your own (a rather intimidating prospect for a newbie) or hiring an investment advisor, which comes with its own research burden to find the right advisor. Fortunately, there is now a third option available - using a robo-advisor.

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The Life of an Emotional Shopper

The Life of an Emotional Shopper

Let’s be honest. Spending money is emotional. Finding a “bargain” is very emotionally satisfying, and buying things for loved ones feels good - even when it makes more financial sense not to spend. While it is important to train your rational brain to manage your money, you also need to acknowledge the emotional motivations that drive your spending habits. Understanding why you spend helps guide you to the most effective method for you to change that spending habit.

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Double Your Down Payment Savings

Double Your Down Payment Savings

Buying a home is a big financial goal, however saving for the down payment can be a major roadblock. There are several different routes to achieving this goal. When the lease on the apartment my boyfriend and I rent was nearing expiration, we considered buying a home. In the process, we discovered a savings program, called a ‘matched savings’ program, to help speed up down payment savings.

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Healthy Budget Habits

Healthy Budget Habits

So, you use your budget, yet somehow at the end of the month you discover you overspent. We have all been there; it can be hard to remember your budget while shopping. A budget is not a static document that you write and leave alone, but a working and responsive tool for money management. Try these healthy habits and easy to use tools to stay in tune with your budget throughout the month.

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Preparing for Unexpected Financial Challenges

Preparing for Unexpected Financial Challenges

I think most of us agree that saving money is important, but are we putting our money where our proverbial mouths are? According to a 2015 survey, 35% of American’s had no savings, and 34% had less than $1,000. This means that 69% of Americans are financial fragile. When life starts throwing curve-balls at them, these individuals and families likely will not have the necessary funds to meet the challenge(s). It also begs the question: “Is just one savings fund enough to meet all my life’s financial challenges?”

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What are You Saving for?

What are You Saving for?

We all know that saving a little bit of money here and there throughout the month is one of the best strategies for accumulating savings. However, it can be difficult to keep that in mind while you’re shopping, especially if your goal is generalized to “save money”.

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Are the Budget Blues Bringing You Down?

Are the Budget Blues Bringing You Down?

If you’ve followed my writing, I’m sure you’ve noticed several articles on budgeting. Why so many? Because a budget is one of the most valuable tools for understanding, managing, and growing your money. Yet it seems to me that many people break-out in a cold sweat the moment I say “budget”.

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Plan your Meals; Plan your Spending

Plan your Meals; Plan your Spending

Making food at home is an easy way to trim your spending, but it can often feel difficult to fit in cooking, and clean-up, within daily life. A few months ago, my boyfriend and I started meal planning to save money and eat healthier and so far, we’re achieving our goal.

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Don't Drive into Debt

Don't Drive into Debt

Now that tax, and tax return, season is upon us, maybe you’re thinking about purchasing a car. A tax return can make a solid down payment on a car. Because cars are a depreciating investment, it is important to find a reliable car that fits your budget and won’t break down, causing extra bills and stress

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Where Does Your Money Go?

Where Does Your Money Go?

Have you ever had such a terrible customer service experience or been charged so many fees at your bank that you seriously considered closing your accounts, but didn’t because, well, would another corporate bank be any different? Credit unions are a viable alternative to big banks. After a terrible customer service experience, this was exactly the course I took.

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Stop Letting Your Money Manage You

Stop Letting Your Money Manage You

Confession time… I have never had a formal budget. I would put money aside for my bills, but as far as groceries, gas, and all my other spending, it was a free for all. Honestly, I was scared of writing a budget because it meant I would have to face up to my bad spending habits.

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Ways of Making Money Online that You May be Overlooking #WMWeek17 @ thewahwife

Ways of Making Money Online that You May be Overlooking #WMWeek17 @ thewahwife

When it comes to ways of making money online, our minds usually head straight to things like customer service for a company such as Amazon or blogging – because that’s what everybody is doing. Right? Well, there are so many options in between that you may be overlooking.

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Ready, Set, ACTION! #WMWeek17 @sdminvest

Ready, Set, ACTION!  #WMWeek17  @sdminvest

Happy New Year! For most of us, we use this season as the time we set aside to make plans to take action on things we have neglected the previous year. Have you ever taken a good look at the word “ACTION?” Interestingly enough, if you take the “I” out and place it at the beginning, it says “I Act On.” And like other plans you have, there is no better time to take action on and control of your finances. Here is a good six step action plan for you to act on for the new year:

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Your Marriage is in Jeopardy before it Starts #WMWeek17 @emily4families

Your Marriage is in Jeopardy before it Starts #WMWeek17 @emily4families

For those of you who are planning your 2017 wedding, I invite you to consider investing in the health and longevity of your MARRIAGE in the best way possible.  How?

By knowing how to talk about the most taboo subject in relationships… …MONEY!

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