5 Reasons Not to Put Off Your Taxes

By now, you should have received the documents you need to file your taxes. I know it’s easy to procrastinate though. After all, I’ve had my share of late night runs to the post office on April 15th. (You actually have until April 18th to file your taxes this year because the IRS will be shut down on April 15th for “Emancipation Day.”) But there are some very good reasons not to put off filing your taxes: Read more

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Is That Advisor Really Fee-Only?

A few months ago, I was in a coaching session with a woman who was very confused about how her advisor gets paid. Her advisor worked for a major brokerage firm and insisted that he was “fee-only.” She felt uncertain if this was the truth so I asked to look at one of her statements.  Read more

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Lottery Balls

What If You Won the Powerball Lottery?

As I type this, the Powerball lottery jackpot stands at $1.1 billion. Yes…that’s BILLION with a B: 1,000,000,000 – nine zeroes. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) professional, I can attest to the fact that that’s a whole bunch of money! It’s fun to listen to the radio and hear what people would do with that kind of windfall. As with almost everything, there is both good and bad to what could be viewed by most people as an all good scenario.  Read more

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How Would You Take the Powerball Winnings?

What would you do if you won yesterday’s $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot? Before you start thinking about how to spend a billion and a half dollars, understand that you won’t get it all at once. Instead, it’s paid out in 30 installments over 29 years. If you want the money now, you only get $930 million. Then there’s taxes. Read more

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Thinking of Adopting a Pet? Read This First

If you’re thinking that it’s time to give in to your kids’ begging or your inner Dr. Doolittle and join the ranks of pet parents, make sure you’re prepared financially to deal with your new fur baby. There are ongoing costs and other things to consider. The cost of a pet, particularly a dog or cat, extends well beyond the adoption fee, which is relatively small when you add up all the other costs that come along with pet ownership.

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What’s Your Plan For a Financial Independence Day?

One of the ideas in our CEO’s recently released book, What Your Financial Advisor Isn’t Telling You, is declaring a “Financial Independence Day.” Of course, the concept of “financial independence” means different things to different people. I personally think of financial independence as consisting of three different levels: Read more

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The Number One Budget Breaker and How to Avoid It This Year

Happy New Year! One important step in setting financial goals is establishing or reviewing your budget. After all, how can you tell your money where to go if you don’t know where it’s been?  Read more

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Best year of your life

Start 2016 Right With This Reflective Exercise

As I reflect on the past year, I have plenty of personal milestones to celebrate (getting married and starting my career at Financial Finesse top that list), a couple things to mourn (my family lost two of our beloved pets), and quite a few more things to keep working on (this WILL be the year that I get back into those designer jeans!). Spending some time performing a “year in review” can be therapeutic. Recognizing how far you’ve come, even if you’re not quite where you want to be yet, is important to keeping you on the path to your goals.  Read more

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Nomads Don’t Have To Be Hobos

For some reason that I can’t quite figure out, I’ve been getting a bit contemplative about my future lately. Maybe it’s because my daughter is about to turn 20 and she’s been reminding me that I’m very old and falling apart so I should think about my future while I am still lucid. Letting my mind wander a bit to what my life could look like when my youngest goes away to college and I’m officially an empty-nester (unless they move back in!), I realized that I have a lot of options on the table. For my job, all I really need is a telephone, a good Wi-Fi signal and an airport. Those three things are available virtually anywhere on the planet. Read more

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The Less Than 2 Hours a Week Money Prescription

Our newest blogger, Cynthia Meyer, wrote an excellent blog post on Monday about a “two hour a week money prescription.” While I think her suggestions can work perfectly for many people, others may find that even two hours a week seems like an unrealistic amount of time to be spent on finances. If you’re in that camp, don’t worry!  Read more

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