Okay, I am somewhat of a geek. One of my favorite channels is HGTV. I am fascinated by how they can turn a home that looks like something out of a horror movie into a dream home. Read more
Live – Plan – Thrive!!! That is the simple and straightforward mantra that I use to explain the financial life planning process. When it comes to getting and keeping others engaged in the financial planning process, the biggest challenge isn’t usually related to financial knowledge. It’s a general lack of planning. As the old saying goes “people don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” Read more
Let’s face it. No matter how perfectly you plan your expenses, life will always throw you those unexpected curveballs that could wreak havoc on even the best of budgets. After all, it’s impossible to account for everything that could possibly happen to your life. I’m not just talking about the real emergencies like a broken car you need to get to work. There are also things like weddings to attend and your kid’s piano lessons…not exactly “emergencies” but not quite frivolous spending either. Here are some ways to prevent these expenses from derailing your financial plans: Read more
In some parts of the country, May means beautiful flowers and beautiful weather but for most of us, it also means checking the weather app on your phone constantly to have a clue of what’s going to happen. Will it be a mild spring day, rainy, or shorts and flip-flop weather? At least you can get a good guess from the weather app, but what about the unexpected events in your financial life? How do you prepare for life’s unexpected changes? Read more
I know that many people are hesitant to discuss money with their children — or their spouses/partners for that matter. I have talked about this with one of my pastors and he told me that people will come to him for help with all sorts of issues ranging from drug abuse to infidelity in a marriage, but money issues still remain a taboo topic for a lot of people. Many parents are embarrassed by their past money mistakes and do not want to discuss these with their children.
December is associated with giving gifts to loved ones, but often May and June are months where significant milestones like graduations and weddings occur. If you are making a gift of cash, there are a few questions you might want to ask yourself. How much is enough, how much is too much, and what’s the best way to give? Read more
It is no secret that debt is a major obstacle on the path to financial wellness. Imagine what it would be liked to be saddled with a debt that follows you around for the rest of your life. There are many people that find themselves exactly in that position after a disastrous incident, and it’s not because they weren’t insured. It was because they weren’t adequately insured with the right type of insurance. Read more