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EP21: Small Business and Tax – With Eric Estevez

Episode #21 – Small Business and Tax – With Estevez Tax Prep




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Eric-Estevez-1-e1498081204400-273x300[1]Bio: Eric Estevez has been in the tax & accounting field since 2008. His experience was gained while handling clients of all sizes, from mom & pop shops to billion-dollar institutions. His inspiration comes from books such as “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, “Think & Grow Rich”, and “Awaken the Giant Within”. These books instilled a financial mindset of success from a young age. Eric is committed to spreading the message of financial literacy through Estevez Tax Preparation, LLC.

Show Description: Eric and I met at FinCon in 2016 and Have been in touch since then.  We talk about heaps of tax skills, notes, and ideas small businesses should incorporate into their behavior to minimize taxes and stay awesome.

ShowNotes:

1:55 – Eric’s Skill With Taxes Precedes Him
2:40 – Why People Don’t Learn Taxes For Their Business
3:30 – A Few Reasons For Professional Tax Services
4:40 – A Trait Of Successful People And Successful Small Business
6:15 – Why Everyone Needs A Book Keeper Now (Hint: The Job Market Is CHANGING)
6:45 – Most Common Tax Problems In Small Business
8:10 – A Rule Of Thumb For How Much To Save For Taxes When You Work For Yourself
9:10 – Business Write-Offs and Expense Tracking
11:00 – Commingling of Funds – The First Step In Business Expense Tracking
13:00 – How To Reduce Preparation Fees for Taxes and Balance Sheets
14:00 – The Value of Having a Monthly Accountant Instead of a Once A Year Tax Preparer
15:30 – Leveraging Your Money Wisely – The Importance of Monthly Statements
19:20 – 1099 VS W-2 : What?
23:40 – Minimizing Taxes
25:12 – Money Maxim from Eric and Contact Info

Money Maxim

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“Know Your Numbers” – Budget, Net Worth, Income, Expenses
“If You Don’t Know Your Numbers, You Don’t Know Your Business”
Contacts and Links from the Show

www.EstevezTax.com – Eric Bookkeeping and Tax Prep Service

Estevez Tax’s core services are tax, bookkeeping, and payroll.  They also provide many other tax/accounting functions like estate, business valuations, etc.

1) Tax covers planning, estimated payments, preparation.

2) Bookkeeping services will provide monthly financials

3) Payroll

Drop FinancialGinger in your contact for a Discount!

www.JiuJitsuFinance.com – Eric’s Finance Blog

www.Saving-Sherpa.com – Look Up Justin’s Budget Worksheet

Some Book Recommendations from Eric Estevez
“Rich Dad, Poor Dad”,
“Think & Grow Rich”, and
“Awaken the Giant Within”

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What Recent Graduates Need to Know About Student Loan Repayment

Student Loan Repayment

Guest Post: from Dollar Diligence
For most college graduates, student loans are a fact of life.

Because the cost of a college degree has skyrocketed in recent years, student loans are necessary for a large number of students who would not otherwise be able to afford to obtain a degree.

Recent college graduates are nearing the end of what is known as the “grace period.” This is the six-month period of time after graduating or leaving school where a borrower does not have to make a payment on his or her student loans. After the grace period ends, a borrower will have to start making payments on his or her student loans.

That means that Class of 2017 graduates who received a diploma in April, May, or June, will soon receive their first student loan bills. It is critically important for these grads to understand the fundamentals of student loan repayment so they can be successful.

Learning more about student loans, including strategies for how to best pay off your loans, is vital to making informed decisions about your student loans moving forward.

Read on to learn the basics about what student loans are, your repayment options, and how you can take charge of your repayment schedule to pay them off more quickly.

 

Types of Student Loans

There are two types of student loans: federal student loans and private student loans. Federal student loans are offered by the government through the Department of Education. Private student loans are offered by private banks and lenders.

Federal student loans include both Direct Loans and Perkins Loans. With Direct Loans, the Department of Education is the lender. With Perkins Loans, the school is the lender.

There are three types of Direct federal student loans.

 

Direct Subsidized Loans

These are available to undergraduate students with a demonstrated financial need to help them pay for the cost of a degree at a college or career school. With subsidized loans, the government covers the cost of interest while the student is enrolled at least half-time in school, in a grace period, or during a period of deferment or forbearance.

 

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available to undergraduate, graduate or professional students. They are similar to subsidized loans, except that students do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible, and students are responsible for interest on the loan.

 

Direct PLUS Loans

Direct PLUS Loans are available to graduate and professional students and to parents of dependent undergraduate students. Though the interest rates do not vary on these loans, the government will check to ensure that you do not have any serious adverse credit history before giving out the loan (such as bankruptcy).

All federal student loans have fixed interest rates, which means that the interest rate is the same for the life of the loan. The interest rate is the percentage that a bank or other lender charges you to loan you money. The higher the interest rate, the more money you will pay over time.  

 

Private Student Loans

There are two primary options with private student loans: those with fixed interest rates and those with variable interest rates. Variable interest rate loans tend to start out lower but can go up over time. Fixed interest rates are usually higher, but are more predictable.

Private student loans typically have higher interest rates and eligibility is based on creditworthiness. If a student does not have good credit or has no credit history at all, they can elect to add a cosigner to the loan who shares the responsibility of repayment.

It is always smart to max out federal student loans before taking out any private loans as they typically have fewer benefits and few options in the case of financial hardship.

 

Repayment Options

There are a number of options for repaying your student loans based on the type of student loan that you have (federal or private) and your current financial situation.

As mentioned, federal student loans are generally considered to be more favorable because they offer more generous repayment options, particularly for those struggling to meet their minimum monthly payments.

 

Income-Driven Repayment Plans

For borrowers with federal student loans, income-driven repayment plans are a good repayment option for anyone who does not currently have a high salary. This plan will cap your monthly student loan payment at a percentage of your monthly discretionary income, from 10 to 20 percent.

However, the standard federal student loan repayment term of 10 years will usually be extended around 20 to 25 years. At the end of that period, the remaining balance will be forgiven.

The benefit of an income-driven repayment plan is that it will immediately decrease the amount of money that you pay each month. However, because it extends the loan term, you will pay more in interest. You will also owe taxes on the amount that is forgiven.

 

Forbearance and Deferment

If your financial problems are temporary — for example, if you have been laid off or are suffering an illness — then you may be eligible for a forbearance or deferment of your federal or private student loans. Each of these options will put your student loans on “pause” while you cannot make payments.

For federal student loans, a deferment allows you to not make payments for up to three years. Forbearance for private student loans is available for up to 12 months. However, for both private student loans and unsubsidized federal loans, interest will continue to grow on your loan balance, which means that making this choice can result in owing more money on your student loans.

 

Student Loan Refinancing

For borrowers with multiple student loans, refinancing might be an option to help save money and reduce your interest rate. Refinancing your student loans is essentially applying for a new loan to pay off your private student loans, and if you choose, your federal student loans.

Borrowers can often obtain a lower, fixed interest rate by refinancing, which can help them save thousands of dollars in interest and pay off their loans more quickly. However, you should be aware that if you refinance your federal student loans along with your private student loans, you will lose the protections of the federal student loans, such as income-driven repayment plan options.

Refinancing requires that the borrower have a history of making on-time payments, a solid income and a credit score of at least 660.

 

Strategies for Repaying Student Loans

Paying off your student loans should be a top priority for recent college graduates, but it can be difficult to accomplish, particularly if you have a low starting salary. But by taking certain steps and working towards paying down your loans, you can achieve this goal.

Whenever possible, borrowers should pay extra money towards their student loans. This could be as little as $25 each month, or as much as $1,000. Each little bit can help to pay down the total amount owed on your student loans.  

Next, borrowers should take steps to reduce their interest rate. This can be accomplished through refinancing (described above), or often by signing up for automatic payments, or by making a certain number of on-time payments. Check with your lender to determine if they offer any incentives to reduce your interest rate.

Finally, borrowers should try to make extra payments whenever they can. A single extra payment each year can significantly reduce the total amount owed, and help you pay off your loan more quickly.

 

About The Author

Aside from his full-time job as a high school teacher, you can find Jacob blogging about personal finance, reading books about history, and figuring out which kind of puppy to get next. Follow him on Twitter to keep up with him! Or visit http://www.dollardiligence.com

 

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Ep20: TheGiftOfCollege – With Wayne Weber

Episode #20 TheGiftOfCollege – With Wayne Weber



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Wayne Weber Gift Of College

Bio: Wayne Weber is CEO and Founder of GiftofCollege.com, a company that revolutionizes college savings. He is passionate about providing families a simple and easy way to save for college tuition – bringing change to a complex process. Since 2008, Wayne has developed Gift of College into a social savings platform for parents, friends and communities with the aim of establishing the company as the leading gifting platform for college savings plans. Before founding GiftofCollege.com, Wayne led business development and sales efforts of software and hardware solutions for Fortune 500 companies including NCR Corporation and CDW. In 2007, Wayne founded Gimmepleez.com, a social savings platform that was the forerunner to his current company.

Show Description: Wayne and I talk about 529 College Savings Plans and ways pre-college, current college, and parents can help create a college fund both before and during and after college to pay for the cost of school.

ShowNotes:

0:58 – What is Gift Of College?
3:06 – How Gift Of College makes it easy to save for College
6:15 – 529’s What are those? (THIS IS IMPORTANT)
9:00 – Why 529’s are great for starting a child or teen’s saving account for school
10:20 – Additional benefits of college funds (Beyond money)
12:00 – How to create a 529 plan, or college fund
15:00 – Tax benefits for 529 College Plans!
16:45 – Ask your Employer to get involved
19:00 – Wayne’s Money Maxim
20:15 – Where to Find Gift Of College

Money Maxim

“Save Early, Save Often” – Wayne Weber

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Contacts and Links from the Show

Give the Gift of College To Someone You Love from Nadine Perry on Vimeo.

Gift Of College’s Website

www.facebook.com/GiftOfCollege

www.Twitter.com/GiftOfCollege

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Ep19 – Dear Debt – Mental Health and Money with Melanie Lockert

Episode #19 – Dear Debt – Mental Health and Money with Melanie Lockert




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Bio: Melanie Lockert started Dear Debt in 2013 as an accountability project for her debt payoff process. It grew into a community of dreamers, hustlers, debt fighters, minimalists, and frugal lovin’ adventurers to share thoughts, company, and Dear Debt Letters. She is an inspiration to many facing depression and other obstacles in dealing with debt and putting it in its place.

Show Description: We all know depression and mental illness are very hard to deal with and can create limitations in how we feel, think, and act. Today Melanie and I talk about some of the actions to take, and ways to think and encourage ourselves in dealing with depression and still making progress financially.

ShowNotes:

  • 1:27 – Emotions and Role Models
  • 3:12 – Fighting depression while still making progress financially
  • 5:00 – Dear Debt Letters – What are they?
  • 7:38 – Power of Writing Things Down
  • 9:45 – Mental Buckets
  • 10:50 –  Mentors and Coaches and Therapists: Outside Help Is For EVERYONE
  • 15:31 – Melanie’s story, hard months and easy months and honesty
  • 18:00 – Debt Fatigue: Define yourself
  • 21:34 – Vulnerability is strength
  • 23:30 – Melanie’s Maxim, Blog, and Book

Money Maxim

“A Closed Mouth Does Not Get Fed” – Melanie Lockert

MoneyMaxim Melanie Lockert

“You are not your debt” – Melanie Lockert

“The Faintest Ink Is More Powerful Than The Strongest Mind” – Jacob (Ancient Chinese Proverb)

“It’s important to tell the people that you love what you’re going through” – Melanie Lockert

Action Items

Forgive yourself, and recognize that you are not your debt.

Write your Dear Debt Letter! Read some on Melanie’s Blog, get the emotions out!

Organize some of your emotions into Mental Buckets.

Get your therapist! College grad program, mentor, mastermind, psychologist, roommate. Have people you regularly discuss and get help from.

Pattern: Recognize issue, make a plan, get a partner, get a community, constant honesty.

Mentions

Carl Richards Behavior Gap

OrderOfMan Podcast

Contacts and Links from the Show

http://deardebt.com

Melanies Book: Dear Debt

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Episode 18: NewlyWed Finances – With Dave Jacobson of CoachConnections

Episode #18 –  Newlywed Finances & Money Coaches – With Dave Jacobson



 

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Dave Jacobson HeadshotBio: Dave Jacobson, certified financial coach, enhances lives by empowering others to make better decisions with money that lead them to a financially fit lifestyle.  He has helped hundreds of individuals find financial peace through personal coaching and financial wellness seminars that focus on building and implementing a practical financial plan.

Coach Dave was nationally recognized for his personal money management expertise by The Lampo Group (Dave Ramsey’s organization) and leads Counselor Connections, a best practices group of top financial coaches from across the nation.

Show Description: Dave and I talk about marriage, finances, and some important things to do before you say “I Do”. We avoid the budgets and the numbers and focus on the thinking, actions, and understanding your partner and helping them understand you. We also delve into the value of a coach regardless of who you are, and what your

ShowNotes:

  • 0:39 – Dave Shares his history in Financial Counseling and about his personal life
  • 3:55 – Marriage: No One Tool
  • 5:15 – Communication and Unification
  • 8:00 – A mediator and guide – What a Coach is for
  • 8:40 – Areas of a healthy NewlyWed financial discussion
  • 10:50 – A Unified Vision
  • 14:15 – Dave’s Money Maxim
  • 16:56 – Starting To Talk, “As You Create:
  • 19:11 – Money is Emotional
  • 20:09 – What a Financial Coach is, Why Everyone Can Utilize One
  • 24:19 – Connecting with Coach Connections.

Money Maxim

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Your What will only be as strong as your Why.  (This means that their passion leads, not the numbers). -Dave Jacobson

 

Contacts and Links from the Show

Here is the link to the free Guide  Free Newlywed Checklist from Coach Connections.

Coach Connection

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Ep17: Money and Mental Illness – Abigail Perry

Episode #17: Frugality for Depressives – Managing Money When Dealing With Mental Illness – With Abigail Perry



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Abigail Perry HeadShotBio: After a rare neurological disease nearly killed her at 19, Abigail was left with chronic fatigue and depression. She shares her story and encourages others. Abigail believes that “Everyone has limitations, no matter what your health and income levels look like. Most of us have a near-infinite number of things we should do (or want to do), but an all-too-finite amount of time and energy. Every day we make mistakes or take shortcuts due to overcommitment, stress, health issues or simple exhaustion. That’s not a flaw or personal failing. It’s normal. It’s human. The sooner we can accept this, the sooner we can find peace and balance in our lives.”

Show Description: Abigail and I discuss the influence of depression and mental illness on finance, and some practical ways to cope with finances while not giving up completely. We discuss comfort spending, creating inertia, and automation in making finances easier. Many many more powerful skills and ideas are found in her book!

ShowNotes:

  • 0:53 – About Abigail
  • 2:10 – Budgets and Mental Illness
  • 5:15 – Finding What Works For You
  • 6:50 – Online Bloggers: Only Sharing Success. “Everyone has Foibles”
  • 7:40 – The Foibles: Breathing Room, and “The Dad Syndrome”
  • 11:11 – Comfort Spending: Making Room For Hard Moments (and Weeks)
  • 13:40 – Building Enjoyment: Planning and The Power of Anticipation
  • 17:21 – What You REALLY Want – A Reason For Spending Habits
  • 20:40 – A Flurry of Powerful Habits from Abigail for Depression and Finances
  • 23:10 – Abigail’s Money Maxim

Money Maxim

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“Celebrate Every Win, Big or Small, It’s Still Progress” – Abigail Perry

Action Items

Plan fun events 3-4 weeks out. Plan a vacation next fall, or next summer. Having an exciting event to build up to can keep you focused, empowered, and committed to a fun thing you can talk about, invite friends to, and help fight depression with. Plans create excitement, and a goal to work towards.

Realize when you’re expecting too much. And question why. Who told you that that expectation is required? Is it yourself? Or someone else who’s appearing perfect?

Create Buffer room in your Budget! If your spending plan doesn’t have extra money, or “cash nuances” or “fun money” you’re doing it wrong!

Share Your Wins! Share on FinancialGinger or In the Comments Below!

Contacts and Links from the Show

Buy Frugality for Depressives from Abigail Perry on Amazon! or from Barnes & Noble
I Pick Up Pennies, Abigails Blog. Her Facebook Group, Pinterest, and Twitter

Gift card granny is an aggregate site so you can check who has the best discount for the card you want. You can earn Granny Points when buying from certain sites, and you can trade those in for gift cards.

Unfortunately, Gift Card Granny doesn’t show results for CardCash though, which I also highly recommend. Every couple of months it offers an extra 3-5% sitewide. I get 16% off Walgreens or CVS gift cards.

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401(k) – 5 Deadly Traps You Need To Avoid When You Love Your Money

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By Guest Author: Stacy Miller

Financial experts keep talking about 401(k) and how it’s beneficial for us. But do you know what it actually is? Well, Investopedia defines a 401(k) account, “A 401(k) plan is a qualified employer-established plan to which eligible employees may make salary deferral (salary reduction) contributions on a post-tax and/or pretax basis. Employers offering a 401(k) plan may make matching or non-elective contributions to the plan on behalf of eligible employees and may also add a profit-sharing feature to the plan. Earnings in a 401(k) plan accrue on a tax-deferred basis.”

If a 401(k) account is used properly, then you can save a lot of money for the golden years of your life. However, there are a few traps or pre-retirement blunders you need to avoid when you’re participating in a 401(k) plan.

Trap #1. Using a 401(k) account as your credit card: Please understand one thing that a 401(k) account is not your credit card. It is a tool that can help you boost your retirement savings. But if you take out a loan from your 401(k) account, then it will be a terrible mistake. Here are a few reasons:
a) The outstanding balance will be due within 2 months of separating from your employer.
b) You have to pay origination fees and maintenance fees. These are extra costs.
c) You have to pay penalties in the event of loan default. Plus, the loan will be considered as a taxable income. (You’re going to be paying taxes, on your own money twice)

Trap #2. Assuming that 401(k) and Roth 401(k) are same: Both are distinctly different from each other.

According to Bankrate, a Roth 401(k) account is, “An employer-sponsored retirement plan that lets employees have the option of setting aside money from their paychecks that’s taxed upfront and saving it in a retirement account where it can grow tax-free forever. Money can be withdrawn tax- and penalty-free as long as the participant is age 59½ and has held the account for at least five years.”.
The key differences are:

401(k) – Contributions aren’t taxable for the year you’re making contributions (dont pay taxes now, pay them when you withdraw at retirement)

Roth 401(k) – Contributions are taxable for the year you’re making contributions (pay taxes now and not later when you withdraw during retirement)

401(k) – This is subjected to RMD by the day you turn 70.5 years old.

Roth 401(k) – This isn’t subjected to RMD by the day you turn 70.5 years old.

Let me define RMD for those who don’t have any idea about what a Required Minimum Distribution is: “A required minimum distribution (RMD) is the amount that traditional, SEP
or SIMPLE IRA owners and qualified plan participants must begin distributing from their retirement accounts by April 1 following the year they reach age 70.5.”

It is important to know the rules and do all the calculations correctly. Otherwise, you’ll be in a mess.

Problem #3. Not reviewing/updating your contribution percentage annually: You have to select a percentage that will be taken away from your wage and put into your 401(k) retirement savings plan. It has been observed that plan holders often forget about this contribution percentage, which is a big mistake.

Your financial health changes when your life scenario changes. For instance, you get married, you have your first baby or you get a big salary hike. If you analyze carefully, you may find that your contribution amount is either too big or too small. Though it isn’t investment advice and FinancialGinger cannot be responsible for the actions of readers based on its opinion, FinancialGinger generally recommends to at a minimum contribute the maximum match offered through your companies 401(k) program.

Problem #4. Not taking advantage of maximum employer match: You’ll lose a hefty amount if you miss out on maximum employer match. In a survey of 360 employers, it has been observed that 42% of them matched employee contribution. 56% of these employees only required workers to contribute 6% from their wage to qualify for the maximum employer match. It is said that the average missed employer contribution amount is $1336 every year.

Huge Issue #5. Not adjusting your portfolio at regular intervals: You need to rebalance your portfolio at the time of choosing index funds. It might be the case that you’re holding 90% in a low-cost index fund and 10% in government bonds. However, as the market condition changes, you need to adjust your portfolio allocation (What % of your money is in each asset class) as well.

If the S&P 500 has a huge rally (quick jump upward), it will be risky to hold 95% of your 401(k) in the index fund.

Action Items

1. Never take out a loan from your 401(k) account unless you have no other option. Analyze all your loan options and compare them with your 401(k) account. Know about the tax and penalties.

2. Review your percentage contribution whenever you experience major life events (marriage, a new job, or a pay increase). It is best to review it at least every year since your financial situation doesn’t remain the same all the time. Always opt for an annual increase option if your company has one. Annual increase options automatically keep your percentage match the same even if you get a pay increase.

3 (The most important action item). Once you’re eligible for maximum employer match, make sure you take full advantage of it. Make the required contribution to maximize your employer match.

4. There is no need to roll over your money from 401(k) account into an IRA at the time of switching jobs or retirement. It isn’t compulsory. If you’re satisfied with your current plan, then keep your money there. Also, many companies allow you to roll your 401(k) account from a previous job to the new job. Be aware of your options.

Comment from FinancialGinger: My Dad kept old 401(k) accounts from jobs worked 20 years ago. That may be good, or may be bad in your situation. Ask a Professional for guidance in investing. (Or wait until I pass my exams in Spring of 2018 and I can be your professional guidance!)

5. Several 401(k) plans have automatic annual rebalancing feature. Read the terms and conditions of this feature minutely to determine if it’s good for you. In case your plan doesn’t have an automatic rebalancing feature, you can select a date to adjust your portfolio every year. Many financial companies and ETF’s will rebalance at least once a quarter, this may not be best for you, but at a minimum, most professionals recommend at least annual rebalancing.

Conclusion
Depending on the rules, you may qualify to enroll in the 401(k) plan within 1-12 months. If you’re eligible to contribute from December, then don’t wait till the next year to establish your retirement account since (a) you can lower your taxable income for the current financial year by contributing your pretax dollars (b) your employer can contribute next year but make it count for the existing year. When you start a new job, try to set up your 401(k) account by December 31st if by all possible.

 

About the Author: Stacy B Miller is the content editor at Oak View Law Group. Her articles revolve around topics related to debt, credit, laws, money, personal finance, etc. You can connect with her on Twitter

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Episode #16 Happy Where You Are – Relationships Time and Money with Elizabeth Colegrove – The Reluctant Landlord

Episode #16 Happy Where You Are – Relationships Time and Money

with Elizabeth Colegrove – The Reluctant Landlord




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Bio: Elizabeth Colegrove is a landlord, a frugal living expert, and a proud world traveler. She is focused on early retirement and early financial freedom while maintaining a passion for traveling, exploring, and enjoying life! As a military wife who dated and married her sweetheart at a young age, she has many insights on early financial independence, expressing love to those close, and making everything enjoyable and fun.

Show Description: Today I talk with Elizabeth Colegrove from The Reluctant Landlord about dating, getting married young, and enjoying every part of it. Elizabeth met her husband at the age of 15, got engaged at the age of 20, and was married at the age of 22! We talk about enjoying time, and enjoying money, and enjoying life when one of those two are lacking!

ShowNotes:

  • 1:05 – Elizabeth shares how she met her husband
  • 2:30 – Dating at a Younger Age
  • 6:11 – Best Anniversary Ever! (The Effort Is All About Each Other)
  • 7:10 – A Peek into My Parents Anniversary 🙂
  • 8:30 – Making it work when you get married young
  • 11:20 – More things Elizabeth did to make it work when married young
  • 12:58 – Fun Runs the Show: Positive or Negative is your control
  • 13:41 – The biggest key to POWERFUL relationships. (13:41-14:01)
  • 14:01 – Making the most of a hard situation. Positive Style 🙂
  • 16:00 – Time. Money. Balance.
  • 18:10 – Saving $140,000 in 7 years. Couple Goals, and Working Hard
  • 19:59 – Going on a vacation to Hawaii and coming back with $2,500 dollars
  • 21:40 – How to make the 10 worst things in your life positive
  • 24:10 – More on making things positive and exciting
  • 25:50 – Example: turning 50-50 parent split time from a divorce into a positive thing
  • 27:11 – Elizabeth’s Money Maxim and Contact Info

Money Maxim

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“The Most Negative Things in your life can be the most positive if you can look at it in the right way”

“Your Feelings are YOUR Feelings”
“Take Your Tools and turn them into what works best for you”

“If you’re not liking a situation, CHANGE IT”

Action Items

Make a list of 10 things you HATE about life. Look at that list tomorrow, and think OKAY. How can I turn these things into a positive? (listen to 21:40-23:20)

Email me [email protected] , or [email protected] for help if you get stuck!

What is most available in your relationship right now? Time, or Money? Or neither? How can you make the most of it in a positive and uplifting manner? Comment below with something fun you’ve done recently!

Contacts and Links from the Show

Facebook:   Twitter:    Pinterest:    Website:   Email

 

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EP#15- 3 Money Stages of Relationships With Joseph Hogue

Episode #15- 3 Money Stages of Relationships With Joseph Hogue



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Joseph Hogue HeadshotBio: Joseph Hogue is a Chartered Financial Analyst and does research for small and medium-sized firms in the investment management industry including Equity & Investment Analysis, and Ghost-writing. Beyond that, he manages several blogs on crowdfunding, peer lending, stock markets, and making money at home. He serviced in the military, and worked for the state of Iowa as an economist. He’s bilingual, accomplished, and has lots and lots of experience in the finance and economics industries.

Show Description: Joseph and I discuss 3 different stages of relationships and some little thoughts about dealing with money both dating, serious relationships, and when we each get married. We also drop personal insights about budgeting, dating in some specific types of situations, and of course Joseph shares some personal experience.

ShowNotes:

  • 2:55 – Joseph shares how long he’s been married and a little about his marriage
  • 4:00 – People don’t talk about money in relationships. Why?
  • 4:23 – Let’s start with ourselves: societal expectations, and spending sprees
  • 7:30 – Buffer Our Budgets
  • 8:00 – Dating: Be yourself when on the hunt
  • 9:25 – Be what you want in someone else
  • 11:10 – Recognize you can’t do everything you want
  • 12:15 – Have money conversations before you have to
  • 14:00 – Handling Expectations
  • 16:00 – Money conversations and compatibility
  • 20:45 – Talking Debt with your partner: (Hint: Do it BEFORE the wedding)
  • 21:45 – Entrepreneurs and Dating: Thoughts and considerations
  • 23:50 – Being open with each other: Ambitions, Work, and Assuming
  • 26:10 – Newlyweds: Making it easy
  • 28:15 – Weddings and Debt
  • 30:00 – Relationships with couples making different incomes, dating, courting, & marriage. Supporting each other, mindset, and money’s purpose
  • 34:43 – Joseph’s Money Maxim

Money Maxim

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“Don’t sweat the petty things, don’t bet the sweaty things.”

Action Items

Set a budget where you can enjoy yourself: avoid the yoyo-spending splurge!

Have a financial partner in crime you can share your finances with.

Consider what you know about your finances and your partners finance (or what you may expect from a future partner). Do you know if they have debt? Do you know their spending habits? What level of information is good to know about that person? Talk to them about it. It’s a good conversation to have. If you need help, or want a 3rd party to help mediate or work on things together, contact me! I’d love to help

(would someone think it’d be cool for me to create a “NewlyWed Financial Checklist” or topics to discuss before marriage about money? Let me know in the comments or email me 😉 If there’s interest I’ll invest the time in research and make something awesome for my lovely listeners!)

Contacts and Links from the Show

Joseph Hogue has many websites he owns, runs, and writes for on a weekly basis.

Mystockmarketbasics.com

Myworkfromhomemoney.com

Peerfinance101.com

Joseph said feel free to email him to connect! [email protected]

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EP14: Thinking of Homes, Considerations and First Time Buying -with Seth Worthen

Episode #14: Thinking of Homes With Seth Worthen of Osmond Real Estate




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Seth Worthen HeadShotBio: Seth Worthen was born and raised in Utah County. He graduated from Mountain View High School and is currently attending BYU studying Political Science. He is happily married and is expecting a baby in December. Seth is fascinated by all things real estate!

Show Description: Today Seth Worthen and I talk about the basics of buying a home, preparing for owning vs renting, important costs to consider when buying and maintaining a home, and the proper mindset to be in when you think about buying a home. We also take a moment to talk about the questions you should ask professionals to find the right professionals to work with.

ShowNotes:

  • 1:45 – How to Finance a Home: DownPayments
  • 2:20 – Programs for first time home buyers
  • 4:07 – Positives and Negatives of 0-down options
  • 6:30 – When people say “Buy a Bigger House”
  • 8:10 – More opportunities that come with owning
  • 9:20 – Extra costs to consider that come in buying a home
  • 10:55 – Pre-Qualification, things to know
  • 11:55 – Know your budget before you go in! Emergency Funds, and Wage Considerations
  • 14:45 – A Real Estate Agent That Rents? Seth explains why.
  • 16:05 – Dealing with and finding a strong and competent Real Estate Agent
  • 18:52 – Good People with Good Skills get Good Referrals, because people feel safe and comfortable with you. More Thoughts on Success
  • 19:45 – Deciding where you want to buy your house. “Must Haves” “Would Like” Lists.
  • 24:50 – Getting What You Want From Your Agent – Setting Expectations

Money Maxim

Seth Worthen Money Maxim

“You’re not dating a home, you’re buying it”

“Money is Not the End, And It’s Not A Means To An End. The End Is Your Life Goals”

“Do Your Best, And Money Will Be There”

Action Items

Cognizantly decide to be renting, or to be in a mortgage.

If you’re renting, consider what you want to buy, and why. When? Where is the money coming from to pay for the home? What level of savings do you want/need to feel comfortable, and to afford a downpayment? Would you use a 0-down option if it was available?

Know your budget before you go into buy. Meet with a counsellor or expert (there may be a cost, but it’s worth it!) to figure out what you are comfortable with and what different price ranges will mean on your cash flow and savings.

If an agent pushes you to ‘buy now‘, that’s a warning sign! They should know the market, learn your situation, and never push you to buy until you’re ready. (there’s a difference between pushing you, and helping you to take action you want and are a little nervous about)

Listen to the segment from 19:45 – 22:15. What are your “Must Haves”. What are you “Would Likes” What’s the difference between the two?

Contacts and Links from the Show

Seth Worthen: 385-539-9940
[email protected]

Zillow buy vs rent calculator

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Ep13: Personal Financial Responsibility with Ryan Michler

Episode #13 Personal Financial Responsibility with Ryan Michler

A discussion on Personal Responsibility, Money Self-Talk, and Creating Value.




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Michler-Ryan-Bio-PictureBio: Ryan Michler – 11 years of experience in managing money as a financial planner since he returned from service in Iraq. He created Order of Man to give men a community and resource to become better at all facets of life, from self-mastery to family, from money to contribution, and everywhere in between. Find him on OrderOfMan.com

Show Description: Ryan Michler Founder of Order Of Man, is a Father and Husband. We discuss when to consider getting life insurance, taking personal responsibility for our finances, and relationship mindsets around money. You have to listen to this show, as many of its concepts can’t be read, but must be heard and felt.

ShowNotes:

  • 2:45 – Why and When should you consider Life Insurance?
  • 5:28 – When should you start saving money for retirement/mortgage/x?
  • 6:00 – Ryan explains responsibility and choices we have around money
  • 7:26 – Personal Responsibility
  • 7:37 – An Awesome example of reasonability and sacrifice, My Girlfriend.
  • 8:45 – What “Free” means
  • 9:49 – Why you’re being paid what you’re currently being paid
  • 11:00 – Ryan shares how he has improved his financial situation
  • 12:30 – Being Real and Authentic makes you valuable, solve problems
  • 12:50 – Prudence: Money Relationships with others
  • 14:38 – Money relationships: how you see other people
  • 16:25 – We talk about common misconceptions on spending money
  • 17:00 – Keys to Prudence
  • 19:30 – Side Hustles: How to ‘go-for-it’ properly
  • 21:50 – Growing Wealth
  • 23:11 – How to find Ryan Michler and the Order Of Man

Money Maxim

“Money is simply a measurement of perceived value” -Ryan Michler

MM32 - OrderOfMan
Becoming More Valuable To More People = More Wealth

Action Items

There’s nothing inherently wrong with spending money, but make sure you’re setting some aside for a rainy day, or in the case of a disaster like loss of a job, or a medical surprise, or an unexpected car accident or water heater breaking.

Create a mindset of saving, it carries on. Even if its $50 a month, start saving something now!

If you aren’t meeting your financial goals. Find a solution: be proactive in finding a better job, or finding a job, or working enough hours to make the money you want.

Avoid the perfectionist mentality: It’s impossible to be perfect, so don’t expect it. It’ll make finding work and becoming stronger and better easier.

When you become a parent, or get a mortgage, or another factor comes up where you have a financial responsibility left undone if you were to pass-away. Consider insurance and look at if it’s prudent to get

If you’re starting or considering a side-hustle. You must commit. No dabbling, or ‘trying’. Set high expectations of what you’re going to put in, and expect it to take longer than you think it’ll take.

In your business, Consider what the tactics are that you need to implement every day to make it work? Share them in the comments below!

Write out your thoughts on what you are doing and what you need to do to be a better catalyst in creating wealth and value. What is a catalyst? How are you a catalyst? What one skill could you improve upon? Who can teach you that skill? Who is your accountability partner you’ll report to on your progress? Drop a line in the comments below!

Listen to an episode of order of man, http://www.orderofman.com/about/ I encourage EVERYONE to listen to his podcast.

Contacts and Links from the Show

OrderOfMan.com

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Ep12: Risk Management – A Military Perspective with OroTactical

Episode #12 Risk Management – A Military Perspective with ORO Tactical



Show Description: Today, I talk with Park McCumber, the CEO and founder of ORO Tactical. He was trained as a forward observer and has been stationed in Korea, Germany and more. Since his service, this man, both a Vet and active part of the guard, has started his own company, ORO Tactical, and actively uses military risk management techniques both personally and professionally. Park also gives, in the shownotes, and exclusive discount for listeners of FinancialGinger
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Park McCumber of ORO TacticalBio: After Graduating from High School in Sandy, Utah, Parker Joined the Army and served as a Fire Support Specialist in the 2nd cavalry regiment and as a Forward Observer in the 1st Cavalry division. He deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan in 2013 and is currently a Targeting NCO with the 65th Fires Brigade in the Utah National Guard. Parker is a Business Student at Utah Valley University, and the owner/operator of ORO Tactical.

ShowNotes:

The five steps of risk management

  • Identify Hazards and Risks
  • Assess Risk
  • Develop Controls / Preventative measures
  • Implement Controls
  • Monitor Risk and Controls for effectiveness

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