When most Americans think about how millionaires live, there is no shortage of mythology and toxicity. Jealousy, envy, and spite are frequent reactions during conversations about wealthy people with those who are not themselves wealthy. The worst part about it is that those attitudes and worldviews are some of the biggest impediments to creating wealth … Continue reading Millionaires: Seven Myths Completely Debunked
Guest post from Linda Richardson. Hello there! I hope that amid the craziness of the COVID world you and your family are making it through! Our economies are gradually starting to reopen and people are returning to work, but something that may be on many people’s minds is how to pay back significant medical bills … Continue reading Managing Your Debt When Medical Bills Are A Large Portion of It
I work with people in a wide variety of situations. Many are paycheck-to-paycheck, struggling to make ends meet, and looking to pay off debt. Some, however, have received large sums of money from inheritances, settlements, and commissions, and are wondering what to do with this large sum. Each and every time, there is a certain … Continue reading “I Just Received A Large Sum of Money; How Should I Handle It?”
As a financial coach, I focus on how behaviors and mentalities affect my clients' results. I also sometimes consider how public policy affects these results as well, and sometimes have to say something about how legislators' actions affect what we can and cannot do; Social Security is just one of those policies that irks me … Continue reading As a Financial Coach, Here’s Why I Cannot Stand Social Security
For the 2020 tax year, the IRS has made some changed that could affect your take-home pay and total federal tax liability. MSN reports that the changes do not affect the rates themselves, but changes the income thresholds for the brackets as adjusted for inflation. In 2017, Congress changed federal income tax rates and brackets … Continue reading IRS Announces Tax Bracket Changes for 2020
It's a common question that a lot of folks ask when they hear about the idea of working with a coach: " Why should I pay someone when I can’t even make payments on some of our debts?" This is an understandable concern. The bills are already sky-high and it seems like there's hardly any … Continue reading “We Used a Coach…My Cousin Didn’t”
Almost everyone could use a few extra bucks in their checking account, am I right? Luckily, in our world today, there are tons of opportunities to earn extra money quickly. Let's consider just a few of the options available to us. 1. Have a Garage/Yard Sale Most of us have a bunch of random stuff … Continue reading 5 Quick Ways to Earn Some Extra Money
This is a common question that we as coaches get. A lot of people don't understand the nature of our trade and how a financial coach differs from a financial advisor. That's understandable though, as the financial coaching industry is still a relatively new sector of the financial world. So let's define what advisors do … Continue reading Financial Coach vs. Financial Advisor: What’s the Difference?
Step 3 of the Baby Steps program is to save three to six months of expenses in an emergency fund. This fund is not supposed to be used for shopping sprees, vacations, cars, sofa specials, or anything of that sort; only for true, emergency situations like a job layoff or medical incident. What to spend … Continue reading Where Should I Put My Emergency Fund?
It's easy to think that if we earned just a bit more money, we'd be able to get ahead; that a few hundred dollars more a month will do the trick, or that a six-figure income is what really makes becoming wealthy possible. But contrary to popular opinion, that's simply not true. You may have … Continue reading Money Won’t Solve Your Financial Problems