Couple Money Podcast

Feel like your premiums are too expensive? Learn how you can significantly save money and find an affordable health insurance plan for your family!

Choosing an Affordable Health Insurance Plan

Like many families, we want affordable health insurance. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy.

In 2019, the average annual premium for a family was over $20,000

That’s quite a bit of money so it’s absolutely crucial that you’re 1) getting the most out of it and 2) if there is a more affordable option, you can make that transition easier. 

The good news is with open enrollment, you can have some big wins with your benefits for next year.

I want to make sure that when you two sit down, I want you to feel comfortable and confident about tackling your benefits.

Of course, every couple is different, I’m grateful Andy Hill, the creator of Marriage, Kids, and Money and the co-founder of Thriving Families Facebook Group is here to chat with me about his and Nicole’s process with choosing a health plan. 

We’re going to compare how each of us approached finding the best health insurance plan for our families. 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • The differences between the most common options given
  • What to consider when deciding if a high deductible plan is right for you
  • Maximizing your available health care benefits

Let’s get started! 

Resources to Save Money on Healthcare

Are you looking for more help with keeping health care within your budget? Here are some resources:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They have competitive rates on checking and savings accounts!

Key Takeaways on Finding an Affordable Option for Healthcare

Before we wrap up, I want to focus on a few key takeaways I got from speaking with Andy and preparing this episode. 

  • Invest time in choosing your healthcare plan. Health care can be expensive, but simply going with the cheapest option can hurt you in several ways. 
  • High deductible health plans aren’t for everyone. We have an HDHP and so far love it and so do many in the FI space, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best option for you. 
  • Use tax-advantaged accounts to maximize your money.

If you want to discuss this more, please come chat with us on Facebook in the Thriving Families Group. We’re supportive. We’d love to see you there!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and found it helpful, here are some ways to support it.

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime.

Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S10E20_Open_Enrollment_Affordable_Health_Insurance.mp3
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Today we’ll go over how the two of you can boost your savings rate while still enjoying some fun now! 

Why Your Savings Rate Matters

Last week we talked about three key numbers to track and master your money and one of them was your savings rate

How much you save on your income can have an incredible impact on how fast you reach your big financial goals.

Here’s the thing, though, unless you have a stash of cash under in house or an inheritance coming up soon, that money is probably coming out of your budget.

So how do you become a super saver without deprivation? Can you boost your savings rate and still have some fun? 

I believe you can find that balance, but you need a plan and a system to set things up. 

This is why I’m glad Joe Mecca from Coastal Credit Union is back. He’s the quintessential saver and today he’s sharing how he’s grown his savings while still having some fun. 

In this episode, we’ll dig into:

  • Finding out your current savings rate
  • Tax-advantaged ways to save more to give you a double win
  • path to notching up your savings 

Let’s get started!

Handy Tools to Increase Your Savings Rate

If you’re looking to get ahead with your finances as a family, here are key resources to check out!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They have competitive rates on checking and savings accounts!

Key Takeaways on Growing Your Savings Rate

Before we wrap up, I want to focus on a few key takeaways I got from preparing this episode. 

  • Start as early as possible. Don’t worry about being about to sock away 20, 30, 40% of your income. Joe said it was closer to 3-5%, which is about where we began. 
  • Pay yourself first. Automating those transfers makes it easier on you and you’re more likely to stay on target. 
  • Minimize lifestyle inflation. Take any raises, bonuses, windfalls, or tax refunds and set aside a portion of that to go towards savings. You can still enjoy some fun now and save more, without missing that money. 

If you want to discuss this more, please come chat with us on Facebook in the Thriving Families Group. We’re supportive. We’d love to see you there!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere


If tracking your money is so important, what are the key numbers couples need to know? We’ll get into the three to keep an eye on, and the real deal about credit scores! 

Why Tracking Your Money is Key to Mastering It

You hear these stories of couples who got out of debt, became financially independent, travel the world, started a business..basically enjoying life.

They all have different paths they take to get there – debt snowball, avalanche to become debt free. 

They’re saving 20, 30, or even half their income. Maybe they’re going all in with FIRE with their dual income and are investing 70% of their income. 

One of the things I love about personal finance when hearing from others is how varied it can be. Each couple has their own advantages and struggles on their journey. 

However, having written about personal finances and interviewed others for the podcast I do notice that there are certain crucial things they did to create a system that worked for them. 

I wrote about it in detail in my book Jumpstart your Marriage and Your Money, but I want to hone in on one component today  – they became aware of their money. 

And how they did it was by tracking it. 

Once they had that down, they began shifting it towards what mattered most to them. 

 

Money stopped being a source of stress and instead became a tool they could use together. 

The best part is that you don’t have to track a ton of numbers or worry about every penny. It can be something you check in on once a month. 

In this episode, we’ll get into:

  • Which three numbers matters most for gauging your financial health
  • The real deal on credit scores
  • Creating an easy system to track your numbers

Let’s get started!

Resources to Easily Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere

Direct download: S10E18_Three_Key_Numbers_for_Mastering_Your_Money.mp3
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Debt can be a huge weight on any couple’s budget. We cover three major ways you can start paying it off faster. We also get into how to open up if you’re carrying debt and haven’t told your spouse!

Getting Back To Dumping Debt

As if the pandemic isn’t enough stress, millions of families have to deal with the financial fallout. 

And If you’ve had to deal with job loss, reduced hours at work, or uncertainty at your job about its stability, these past few months you’re hyper aware of your cash flow. 

And because of that, any debt that you carry (maybe with the exception of federal student loans) feels like it has a bigger impact than normal. 

During our mini-series about financially dealing with the coronavirus, we discussed that building up that financial cushion is key. 

And hopefully, things have stabilized somewhat and you have those savings available should you need it. 

However you may be wondering is there a way to get some breathing room and knock out some debt before the year wraps up. 

 

I think you’ll enjoy today’s show then! 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • A system to pay your debt off
  • ways to you can start paying it off faster
  • how to open up if you’re carrying debt and haven’t told your spouse

Let’s get started!

Resources to Dump Your Debt Together

If you two are ready to pay off your debt, here are some handy resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Partner Coastal

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and found it helpful, here are some ways to support it.

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!
Direct download: S10E17_How_to_Tackle_Debt_Before_the_Year_Wraps_Up.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

If 2020 has proved anything, it’s that we need to have a budget that actually works. Today we’ll dive in to see how you two can build a budget that fits you and your goals!

Build a Better Budget Together

I think a lot of people can appreciate why budgets matter because now more than ever, we’re seeing like our finances are reflecting our lives.

For those of us who’ve been hit hard by the pandemic, either directly or indirectly, the budget has had to be completely redone.

But even if things are relatively stable job-wise, we’re still reflecting on how we could do better. 

A budget is not going to fix all of our problems, but a good budget – the one we actually enjoy and can stick with – that can be a huge help and stress relief. 

But how do you make a budget that fits your family’s circumstances and goals? How do you make one that still allows some room for fun? 

While I enjoy helping couples figure out their budget, I brought in someone who understands and enjoys budgeting. 

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Peter Polson the founder of Tiller, a fantastic and customizable budgeting tool, he’s also a husband who understands firsthand that it takes effort to find a budget that fits your goals. But it’s so worth it. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Defining your budget’s priorities
  • The two biggest obstacles couples face  with budgets
  • How to build a better budget together

Let’s get started! 

Resources to Easily Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere

Direct download: S10E16_Building_a_Budget_That_Reflects_You_and_Your_Goals.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:11am EDT

Here are some key takeaways to help you get through and start building some financial stability!

Pivoting Your Finances Through New Habits

I hope you are doing well, are safe, and healthy. 

We’re just starting June but I think Jason Vitug pointed out on Twitter, “This is indeed the longest shortest year ever.”

I started this mini-series after the pandemic created a hard stop on so many things. Things are starting open up, but many couples in our community are still dealing with the financial fallout. 

Depending on where we were on our financial journey, our experiences can seem tremendously different. 

With the mini-series, I wanted to address a few of those different scenarios. The first episode was geared for those who had seen their income drop due to fewer hours or loss of a job. 

The next episode was those of us who are treading water to speak – still have their jobs, but no safety net if that changed. 

This episode I want to talk about what you can do if you were further ahead in your finances. How can you use this experience and turn this into something positive? 

How can we pivot our finances? And bigger picture – can we use these lessons learned not just help us, but in a position to help others too?

Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®) Bob Lotich is on today to share what habits he and his wife Linda changed on his and eventually their journey together towards becoming debt-free. 

 

Joe Mecca from Coastal is back on to share some takeaways on shifting our finances and coming up with a plan during these tumultuous times. 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Crucial steps you can take to shift habits and your money
  • We’ll also dive into how to get your spouse on board
  • Lessons we can take from this crisis to use to better prepare ourselves and help others

Let’s get started! 

Resources to Easily Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

If you’re a member and you’ve been financially affected by the coronavirus, Coastal has a member assistance program to ease the burden.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Audiio.


We know we need an emergency fund, but how can we do that in the middle of the coronavirus crisis? Today we’ll share the strategies you can use now to get a jumpstart on saving!

How to Save Money 

Right now many states are opening up, but we’re still encouraged to stay home as much as possible. 

And that’s most likely affected you on several levels, including your finances. 

Last episode, we discussed steps you can take to shore up your budget and handle the bills when you’re dealing with a job loss or significantly reduced hours. 

This week, we’re switching gears and digging into one of the fundamental things you need to have – savings. 

We’ve heard it so many times, we need to have an emergency fund. Now it’s really both a necessity with routines, work schedules, and budgets being in flux for at least the next few months. 

But can you save and build up your financial cushion during a time like this? How can you create a plan when you’ve been thrown into the middle of all this? 

On the podcast, I have Jeff Anzalone from Debt Free Doc here to share how he and his wife got to that point. 

As you just heard in the teaser, when he first started things, they looked like a mess. The job he had planned on taking fell through. So here he was dealing with a massive amount of debt, no job, and a wife and baby to take care of. 

So in this interview, we’ll get into how they came up with a plan quickly. We’ll also get into not just the process he used to get out of debt, but what changes they had to make with their budget and more to start building savings and more. 

 

We also have Joe Mecca from Coastal back on the podcast. He’s a natural saver so he is sharing tips on how to make the process easier and less stressful. 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Why and how much you need to save
  • Creating a plan on the fly
  • Ways you can build up that financial cushion ASAP

Let’s get started!

Resources to Easily Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

If you’re a member and you’ve been financially affected by the coronavirus, Coastal has a member assistance program to ease the burden.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Audiio.

Direct download: How_to_Master_the_Art_of_Saving_During_The_Coronavirus_Crisis.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Many families are dealing with the financial fallout from the coronavirus, including losing their income and jobs. See how you can adjust your budget and get the resources you need to ride out these tough times! 

How to Cope with Job Loss 

As of right now, around 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past six weeks.

Besides the health risk of coronavirus – which should NOT be ignored or downplayed – a huge concern of this crisis is the financial fallout. 

 How do we keep going through these tough times? 

Which is why I wanted to do this mini-series. 

Part of the challenge – at least to me as I’m putting this together – is reading, hearing, and seeing how different things play out depending on many factors.

Yes, we’re in this together, but for a couple who’s lost one or both incomes, or one that’s seen their retirement savings seemingly crash, those are completely different ball games than a couple who’s trying to balance taking care of their kids at home while working remotely for example. 

Each has its own challenges and so what I decided to do is break up the mini-series episodes based on different situations families may find themselves in. 

There are key takeaways, I think all of us can learn from and pick up, but I did want to highlight some scenarios so this mini-series can be helpful and relevant as possible. 

And they are based on what you’ve sent in about what you’re dealing with right now. 

So thank you, I’m grateful to have your input on this. 

Today I want to talk about one of the biggest ways many couples are being financially affected by this – loss of income. 

Whether it’s being furloughed, seeing your hours drastically cut, or losing it altogether – it can be a heavy weight on you. 

Ani is sharing her story about how she’s dealing with it. 

We also have some fantastic experts like personal finance author Toni HusbandsCoastal Credit Union’s Joe Mecca, and small business consultant Sylvia Inks.

They’re offering tips and resources to help make ends meet and steps you can take to shore up your finances not just now but in the long run. 

In this episode, we’re discussing:

  • Dealing with losing your job and what you can do get some income coming in
  • Adapting your finances 
  • Smart ways you can spend your stimulus check

Let’s get started!

Resources to Easily Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

If you’re a member and you’ve been financially affected by the coronavirus, Coastal has a member assistance program to ease the burden.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Audiio.


Today we’re going to jump in on ways you can adjust your finances during the coronavirus crisis to get through these tough times!

Today we’re going to jump in on ways you can adjust your finances during the coronavirus crisis to get through these tough times!

Getting Your Finances Stabilized During the Coronavirus Crisis

Even though it’s been less than a month since schools closed here in Raleigh, it feels like a lifetime ago.  

And chances are things can feel that way to you. 

Right now it’s estimated that over 300 million here in America are under stay at home orders

I truly hope that you’re doing well and that you’re able to work remotely or at least have some steady income coming in. However, I know from emails that some have seen their hours drastically reduced, they’ve been furloughed, or they’ve been laid off. 

It’s tough to figure out the next steps when we’re in the middle of things, but there are ways we can prepare and pivot to get through these financially tough times. 

Joe Mecca, VP of Communication at Coastal Credit Union has been out there letting those in the community know what resources out there. 

Today he’s on the show to discuss things you can do now and over the next few months. 

In this episode, we’ll get into:

  • Figuring out how to reprioritize your budget
  • How much of a financial cushion should you have with these certain times
  • Where to look for relief programs (more than just the CARE Act)

Let’s get started! 

Resources to Easily Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

If you're a member and you've been financially affected by the coronavirus, Coastal has a member assistance program to ease the burden.

How to Reprioritize Your Budget

Let’s jump right in to the big issue that is stressing out many families – how are we going to pay our bills?

We’re grateful to still be able to work remotely, but that isn’t the case for all. Some industries like restaurants, hospitality, and service have seen been hit hard, with many losing their main source of income. 

I was reading that in the week that ended March 28, over 6.6 million people filed for unemployment

So if you’re in that situation where you are looking at struggling to budget, how do you prioritize what bills get paid?

When things were closing down and the Cares Act hadn’t passed, Any Hill from Marriage Kids and Money and I shared  our thought process in a video on the Thriving Families group. 

It was about focusing on two goals for the month – pay your essentials (roof over your head, food, utilities) and building up your emergency fund if you didn’t have at least 3 months stashed away already. 

And I do believe that they should be your priorities, but with some relief options being offered by lenders, protections from states and the Cares Act, Joe points out a path you can use in your budget.  

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere

 

For many couples, getting their house to sell for top dollar can help them hit crucial financial goals. Today we’ll go over what you need to know to get a great price when selling your home! 

Selling Your House for Top Dollar

Before we begin, I want to give a disclaimer that this episode’s topic and interview were done before the volatile landscape we find ourselves with the stay at home order in NC due to the coronavirus. 

I’m releasing it now for a few reasons:

  1. At some point in the future, these restrictions will be lifted and so now could be a time to start taking steps around your place to get it ready for sale
  2. I just saw a house in the neighborhood put a for sale up this week (dozens of listings new – or within the last 24 hours)- so people are trying to move on as best they can
  3. With things shifting including jobs, many couples in the relatively near future may have to move 

So while there may be an immediate pause on house tours, with this time many of us have at home, I thought it would be practical to get into ways to prepare so if you do sell when it’s time, you have what you need to get it done. 

I’m very grateful to have one of my favorite real estate experts back. Louis Guillama is the Vice President of Real Estate Operations over at Coastal Credit Union. 

In this episode we get into:

 
  • The biggest mistakes couples make when selling
  • How to Stage Your House to Sell 
  • How to decide if you should fix and update your place to able to sell it for more

Let’s get started! 

Handy Money Resources for Selling Your House (and More!)

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you need an agent, Daymark Realty has a fantastic team ready to help find the perfect house for you in the Triangle area!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 
Direct download: S10E14_How_to_sell_Your_Home_for_Top_Dollar.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:11am EDT

No one likes to think about it, but preparing for the unexpected can give you some peace of mind now and protect your loved ones later! This is the essential guide to will s and estate planning for busy parents!

Creating or Updating Your Will

No like to think about it, but preparing for the unexpected can give you some peace of mind now and protect your loved ones later! This is the essential guide to will s and estate planning for busy parents!

So heads- this episode’s topic and interview was planned and done before things changed these last few weeks due to co-vid 19.

I say this because I’m not trying to add to the anxiety. I actually believe that if you are staying home and you’re healthy, now would be a good time to take care of certain matters that maybe have been on the back burner because you haven’t had much time.

And taking care of your wills, picking legal guardians, and making life insurance is up to date – these are important.

So I decided to stick with the schedule on this episode.

There are so many we can’t control, it can be empowering in a way to focus energy on the things we can.

But when you making or updating your will, it may seem that’s too big of an issue to tackle. Today I want to break it down into manageable chunks so you can make some progress on that.

Alison Kade from Fabric is here on the show today to decode and explain the essentials of how wills work. 

 

In this episode we’ll discuss: 

  • Why you need to plan now
  • Basic terminology every couple should know
  • How parents can prepare for the unexpected

Let’s get started! 

Resources on Estate Planning

If you want more information about setting things up for your loved ones and mage your money now, here are some resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


While things are really fluid right now and some big decisions are still up in the air, it's important to review and if necessary reprioritize things with your finances.

Today I'm sharing 4 tips to help you prepare your finances to weather out the tough times!

Resources to Manage Your Money Easier

Her Dinero Matters

Her Dinero Matters is a bilingual podcast for women who want to become reinas of their money and love their money more. 

Join Jen Hemphill, a former extreme frugalist turned reina of your money advocate each week for your dose of money confidence.

You will hear down-to-earth interviews and panel discussions from Latina community as well as solo episodes sharing simple actionable tips and strategies which you can implement right away. 

The best part is, Jen also offers some premium perks, such as special access to a community of like-minded women for a deeper discussion on latest episodes, monthly bonus mini-episodes, as well as a monthly PDF worksheet for that month’s money challenge, available exclusively through the Himalaya app.

The best part is, if you sign up now, you can use promo code DINERO at checkout for your first 30 days, free! So head over to the Himalaya app and check out Her Dinero Matters now. 

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: Tips_to_Financially_Prepare_for_Tough_Times.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

One of the stickiest situations with couples is dealing with lending money to family. Find out different ways you can help without putting your own finances in jeopardy!

Should We Loan Money to Family and Friends?

Lending money to friends and family can be a tough situation. No matter how objective you think you are or want to be, emotions can run high. 

As you just heard with Jen, she and her husband weren’t seeing eye to eye on how they could help their loved ones. 

I totally get it – we’ve been there ourselves. Maybe you’ve gone through that situation too. 

Or with how things are going with Covid-19 and families being affected by these closings, some of your family and close friends will need some help soon, including financial.  

Now for most of us, we want to help. And if we have the means, we do. 

However, there are times when things are a bit more…messier. What if you want to help, but you’re just finding your financial footing yourself? 

What if you have a relative who keeps on having problems with their finances, where you are constantly bailing them out? 

Those are the types of situations where we tend to stress over and sometimes get into arguments. 

Family and money can put a strain on a marriage; which is why I’m happy Jen Hemphill is here on the show. She’s an accredited financial counselor, author, and the host of Her Dinero Matters podcast.

In this episode we’ll get into:

 
  • how to decide whether lending loved ones is really helping them or enabling
  • ways you can assist them without loaning money
  • how you can work out a loan with less stress

Hope this episode helps!

Resources to Deal with Family and Finances

If you two want to make managing your money easier, here are some helpful tools, books, and apps available.

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

Meet Jen Hemphill of Her Dinero Matters

Her Dinero Matters is a bilingual podcast for women who want to become reinas of their money and love their dinero more.

You will hear down-to-earth interviews and panel discussions from la comunidad Latina as well as solo episodes sharing simple actionable tips and strategies which you can implement right away!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Audiio.

 

Direct download: S10E12_How_to_Loan_Money_to_Family_and_Not_Regret_It.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Learn how you can stay on top of your money with some of the best apps while also protecting your finances, privacy, and data!

Finding the Best Money Apps for Couples

Chances are if you’re listening to this podcast you do a lot of your banking and finances digitally. 

In a survey by Federal Reserve Bank, they found that 71% of bank customers regularly use online banking and 43% use mobile

For us, the convenience is hard to beat. I can do pretty much everything I need from home or my phone, including depositing checks, scheduling payments, and transfers. 

I believe the last time I had to step into a branch was for the notary a few years ago.

The other side of living in a world with digital banking is that we have to be savvy about securing our finances and data. 

Data breaches, phishing, and more sophisticated scammers happen and are out there, so how do you take advantage of the new apps and options out there?

There’s a lot to cover so today I’m happy to have two experts on. 

We have David Jamshid, Vice President Of Software Development at Coastal Credit Union. We also have Sam Shutz co-founder of Honeyfi on. 

 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Key ways you can secure your accounts so you can guard your data and finances
  • The pros and cons of free and paid apps
  • Top apps out there for couples to manage their money as a team

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Bank Digitally

Here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They also have competitive rates on their business checking and savings accounts!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

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  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 

Direct download: S10E11_Digital_Banking_and_Finances_for_Couples.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:34pm EDT

Carla Titus shares the realities of running a profitable business from home and how she and her husband created a system that fits their goals and family life!

The Realities of Starting a Side Hustle from Home

Nowadays it’s become more common for couples and families to diversify their income.

Whether it’s because they looking to knock out some debt, save up for a house or another goal, or they want to pivot their career, couples are looking at side hustles. 

We’ve had several episodes about the essentials of starting a side business, but one of the biggest struggles many have is sustaining it. 

Whether it’s working around your family or day job, the reality is you only have so much time. How do you make it work? How can you start and build a business? 

Carla Titus is on the show today to share her expertise and her story. 

She is the CEO of Wealth and Worth where she uses her over ten years of corporate financial planning, analysis, strategy, and startup CFO experience to help entrepreneurs take control of their finances and level up their business.

In this episode we’ll get into:

 
  • Finding not that balance, but the flow between family and your side hustle
  • When to outsource 
  • how to get the pricing right – many entrepreneurs struggle with this

Hope you enjoy!

Resources for Launching a Side Hustle

Here are some fantastic resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They also have competitive rates on their business checking and savings accounts!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

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  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S10E10_How_to_Build_a_Profitable_Side_Hustle.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

Most couples marry their financial opposite, which can be a blessing or a recipe for disaster. Learn how you two can become a team and create a budget and money system you both love!

Marrying Your Financial Opposite

Did you know that 75% of divorced couples cite money as the cause of their marital issues?

With something causing that big of any issue, you’d think we’d try to become more proactive with making sure that finances

But for many couples, the conversations don’t happen.

There’s a tendency in a lot of marriages to not talk about money until something goes wrong.

The budget is broken or you’re struggling to hit a goal you made for the year.

One reason couples don’t talk about money is that they’re trying to avoid a fight.

Maybe they’ve had a blow-up in the past about certain spending and they rather not hash that out again.

Perhaps they couldn’t come to an agreement on something that should be simple like the budget.

This can especially be the case when you’re financial opposites.

However just because you’re financial opposites don’t mean you can’t work as a team with your money. In fact, for some couples, their differences became an advantage as they tackle goals like dumping debt, saving up for a house or investing in their future.

How do you get there though? How do you mesh those differences into strengths?

Scott and Bethany Palmer, The Money Couple are on the podcast today to chat about how to get started with talking about and working through your financial issues and goals.

 

They were financial advisors and noticed how their married clients were struggling with money. They’ve been focused since on helping spouses work with their different approaches to finances and become a team.

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • how money differences show up in our daily lives
  • understanding and respecting one another’s different perspectives
  • how to approach money talks so that they’re productive

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Help You Merge Your Finances

If you’re looking to get better with your finances together, here are some helpful posts to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They also have competitive rates on their checking and savings accounts!

Meet Scott and Bethany Palmer

With 50 years of combined experience as financial advisors, Scott & Bethany Palmer (aka “The Money Couple”) have witnessed these conflicts firsthand.

After watching so many couples struggle over money, Scott & Bethany set out to find out why. After a decade of research with a Stanford scientist, they cracked the code to stop the money issues that so often lead to divorce.

They discovered that money “issues” aren’t really about dollars and cents — the real problem is a couple’s struggle to communicate about and agree on money.

They developed The 5 Money Personalities to help couples understand their own unique perspectives and behaviors when it comes to money, learn more about their partner’s money personalities, and better communicate in a way that builds rich relationships

Support the Podcast!

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  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S10E9_How_to_Work_as_Team_When_Your_Financial_Opposites.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 9:29pm EDT

It’s not uncommon for a spouse to have a secret credit card or have more debt than they’ve told.

Financial infidelity can ruin a marriage. Learn how you can set up a financial system that allows you to be open and honest with your finances and work together with money!

Financial Infidelity in Your Marriage

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Red flags or signs that financial infidelity might be an issue 
  • Working to regain trust after financial infidelity
  • Creating an open and transparent system for your money together

Resources to Help You Merge Your Finances

If you’re looking to get better with your finances together, here are some helpful posts to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

 

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They also have competitive rates on their checking and savings accounts!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 

Merging finances is more than combining bank accounts. It’s working together with the good, bad, and awkward, including dealing with debt.

Today we’re discussing the legalities of who’s responsible for what, credit scores, and how to dump debt together!

Marriage and Debt

Marriage is about two lives coming together. It can be a wonderful feeling to know you have someone to watch your back through thick and thin. 

Part of coming together is dealing with your finances together and for many couples debt is a chunk of it.

Between credits cards, car and student loans, and maybe a mortgage, the two of you could be starting your marriage in the negative

As a couple you know paying down is the way to go, but you have other concerns on your mind. If one or both of you come in with debt, who’s legally responsible? 

What about the debt you take on after you’re married? What if you two have drastically different credit scores? How will that affect plans that you have – perhaps buying a house down the line? 

Which is why I’m happy Leslie Tayne is here today. Leslie is an attorney who specializes in debt resolution. With almost twenty years of experience, she helps clients get debt relief and resolution. 

She’s sharing her expertise on how debt can affect your finances and marriage.

 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Who’s responsible for what legally when it comes to debt
  • Dealing with common situations that can come up when one spouse has a higher credit score than the other
  • Ways to talk about debt and work as a team to get rid of it.

Let’s get started! 

Resources to Dump Your Debt Together

If you two are ready to pay off your debt, here are some handy resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They want to help you achieve your biggest goals faster and as a team!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 

 

Direct download: S10E7_Yours_Mine_Ours_Debt.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

Getting on the same page with finances can be tricky. Learn how you can communicate better with your spouse about money and more!

Why We Fight About Money

No one wants to have money be this source of stress in their lives, not in a strictly financial sense where you’re worried about the bills and definitely not in your marriage. 

And yet, it is usually listed as one of the top reasons spouses have fights

And if you have debt? It’s even more of an issue. In one study, with couples who carried debt, they found that 48% of those with over $50,000 of debt listed money as stress point compared to 23% of those with less than $10,000.

It makes sense, right – if you have the more debt you have, the more your current income is tied up to pay it. 

So then couples usually want to come up with some plan to pay off their debt, but they hit a wall when it comes to making and executing that plan. There’s too much tension and blame to get things rolling. 

But if you’ve listened to this for a while, you’ve heard stories of couples who have overcome some huge issues like massive amounts of debt, being hit with financial infidelity, or being on the brink of bankruptcy yet they managed to come out stronger paying off massive amounts of debt.

How do you get there though? 

Through better conversations about money and more. It’s not easy to get started so today Traci Philips is going to share how we can better communicate. 

 

As a Leadership & Performance Strategist, Traci assists her clients in identifying core challenges with her unique strengths in translating both verbal and non-verbal language. 

Into this episode, we get into:

  • Better Understanding Where Our Spouse is Coming from with Money
  • Common mistakes couples make when talking about money
  • How to work through disagreements to diffuse a potential money fight

Let’s get started! 

Resources on Marriage Fights & Finances

Want to learn more and become more productive with your money dates? Here are some resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They also have competitive rates on their checking and savings accounts!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S10E6_How_to_Diffuse_Money_Fights.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

Tax season is here and with it the stress of getting your taxes done right.

We’ll look at some ways you can simplify, organize, and maximize your tax deductions and credits this year and set yourselves up for big wins next!

Tax Tips for Making Filing Easier

Now before we jump into this episode I want to be clear about one thing. 

 I’m not a tax expert.

Not a CPA.

Not an EA (that’s an enrolled agent). 

But even if I was, I cannot give tax advice to you on this podcast because every family is different. 

And that means so are your taxes.

However, there are several key areas where many of us -especially busy couples, couples who are juggling so many things like kids, work, finances, side projects, and more  -should be paying attention to because they have a huge impact on how things go for us when it comes to taxes. 

And I got some good news - I’m keeping this episode on the shorter side. 

Why? 

If you’re a regular person like me, taxes are not the most exciting thing. 

However we have seen how important getting our tax done has been for our finances -both with planning throughout the year as well as using our refunds to reach our financial goals faster.

And I want you to see taxes in a better, maybe less stressful light.

In this episode we’re looking at: 

  • Decoding key tax items (like tax credits versus deductions) so you can be better prepared when filing
  • How to make sure your paycheck is working you - you may be leaving money on the table
  • Accounts to Maximize Your Finances Now and Later

I want to make things less stressful for you so you can knock out your taxes. 

Sound good? Let’s get started! 

Resources to Tackle Your Taxes

Looking to make taxes less stressful? Here are some of my favorite resources!

And if you want to discuss this more – ask questions, swap ideas, and maybe get a debt-free strategy set up – don’t forget to join us in the Thriving Families group on Facebook.

Our goal is to help one another out. Hope to see you there!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They want to help you achieve your biggest goals faster and as a team!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 
Direct download: S10E5_Tax_Guide_for_Busy_Couples.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

How can you structure your finances so you can have more options and flexibility? 

One path that’s helped many families is working towards financial independence. For many families, though, it seems like an unrealistic goal. 

They assume that if they’re not making six-figures or if they have kids, they’re unable to achieve it. 

What you might not be aware of is how practical the principles behind FI can be for you. 

By applying the mindset, habits, and strategies you can not only improve your finances but give yourselves more opportunities to build your life around who and what matters to you. 

That’s why I’m excited that today we have Brad Barrett, co-founder of ChooseFI.

Brad Barrett went from being a full-time CPA to retiring with complete financial independence by the age of 35. 

Now, through ChooseFI, he’s empowering others to live more intentionally and get on the path towards financial independence!

In this episode we’re looking at: 

 
  • How to save on the three biggest expenses 
  • How to persuade your spouse to try to FI 
  • How to get to FI while still enjoying your journey

Let’s get started!

Resources to Get on the Path to Financial Independence

Are you two serious about becoming financially independent?

Here are handy resources mentioned in the episode along with extra tools to help you optimize your money together!

And if you want to discuss this more – ask questions, swap ideas, and maybe get a debt-free strategy set up – don’t forget to join us in the Thriving Families group on Facebook.

Our goal is to help one another out. Hope to see you there!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They want to help you achieve your biggest goals faster and as a team!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S10E4_Teaming_Up_for_Financial_Independence.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

Are you looking to speed things up with your money goals? We’ll look at how you can earn extra money on the side so you can build your net worth!

Earning Money from Side Hustles is Only One Path

Many couples want to pay off debt faster, save for a house or start investing and the problem is cashflow is currently tight.

Real tight. 

One of the things I suggest is looking at your budget, but sometimes the issue is that there isn’t enough income coming in. 

Whether it’s through a one time occasional deal like selling your stuff, running a side hustle, or starting a possible career change, it’s going to take work. 

So before you make the leap, I thought it would be helpful to get an idea of the different ways you can earn more this year. 

My hope is that you’ll get a better idea of what would best for your situation and goals. 

Today’s guest Joseph Hogue is a personal finance author and creator of Let’s Talk Money who has built several income streams into businesses.

I also have Louis Guillama, Vice President of Real Estate Operations at Coastal Credit Union sharing his take about the pros and cons of getting into real estate. 

 

In this episode we’ll go over:

  • Finding opportunities to earn income when your schedule is tight
  • Breaking into the gig and side hustle economy
  • Thinking long term and get more involved with your  income streams by looking at real estate investing

Let’s get started! 

Resources to Start Earning More Money on the Side

If you’re looking to earn more so you can knock out your big money goal, here are some resources to check out. 

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They have wonderful services and accounts to make saving easier including their competitive money market accounts!

Support the Podcast! 

If you enjoyed this episode and found it helpful, here are some ways to support it.

  • Spread the word. If you have friends who could boost their savings, please share this episode with them on social media or just email the link!  
  • Leave a review. Every review helps! Please share your honest feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher
  • Visit our Couple Money Toolkit for more info on available apps, tools, and services to master your money together.
  • Become a Patron. 

Special Thanks! 

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. I also want to thank Lee Rosevere for music in this episode.

 

Direct download: S10E3_Build_Income_Streams_to_Knock_Out_Your_Goals_Faster.mp3
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Whether you’re saving for emergencies, a vacation, or a house, you have to have some way to stash away that money.

We’ll look at some popular savings hacks and how to find the best savings option for you!

Are you saving up for something big this year? If you are, you have plenty of company. 

Fidelity released its 2020 New Year Financial Resolutions Study and found that 53% of those surveyed who were planning on working these finances had saving more as their goal

That’s great news considering on average, we’re not really saving enough. 

According to GoBankingRates when they asked more than 5,000 adults their savings balance, 58% had less than $1000 saved and 32% admitted to not having anything at all in their savings. 

That is a really vulnerable position to be in. 

So if you want to turn things around and really ramp up your savings, I think you’ll enjoy today’s episode. 

I’m sharing the best tips and stories from one of the super savers and favorite guests I’ve had on this podcast.  

 

Financial educator and Journey to Launch creator Jamila Souffrant and her husband saved over $80k  one year while living in NYC

More interestingly is how she was able to get him on board. Great ideas on how to approach not just the process, but enjoy the journey together. 

Joe Mecca from Coastal Credit Union and another super saver is also back on to break down his goals for this year and how he’s saving for them. 

In this episode we’re looking at: 

  • why your savings rate matters
  • Where and how to get started with savings in your budget
  • how to set things up so you’re automatically saving more while still enjoying life

Let’s get started! 

Want to start boosting your savings rate? Here are some resources to check out:

Support the Podcast! 

If you enjoyed this episode and found it helpful, here are some ways to support it.

  • Spread the word. If you have friends who could boost their savings, please share this episode with them on social media or just email the link!  
  • Leave a review. Every review helps! Please share your honest feedback on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher
  • Visit our Couple Money Toolkit for more info on available apps, tools, and services to master your money together.
  • Become a Patron. 

Special Thanks! 

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. I also want to thank Lee Rosevere for music in this episode.

Direct download: S10E2_How_to_Become_Super_Savers_This_Year.mp3
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One of the top three financial goals people have is getting out of debt, but few actually knock it out. Today we’re diving into key money systems couples have used to become debt-free!

Best Strategies for Couples to Dump Debt Faster

How are you doing?! I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

We’re back. New Year, a new season of the podcast.

I want to start off by saying thank you. Your support has been incredible and because of it, we’re here for season 10!

When I started the site Couple Money and even the podcast a few years, my goal was pretty simple.

Help couples not only get their finances in a good spot but find a way for money to be a way to work together instead of being a source of stress.

Whether you’re paying down debt, saving for a dream, or going down the path of financial independence, the main focus is doing it as a team.

We’ll definitely be covering that this season again, but there’s another issue I’ve been seeing that has added a layer of unnecessary stress when it comes to finances.

As I look at my newsfeed on my phone or catch some stories that get picked up, I just see this trend of HUGE stories.

Debt-free stories where the couples have paid massive amounts of debt – six-figures- in a crazy short amount of time.

Couples who have saved 60%, 70% of their income in a year.

These are incredible stories and I’ve found them at times to be motivating and challenging us to look at how we spend money.

I’ve even had a few of them on the podcast.

However, when these are the stories that get picked up again, and again, you kind of get a bit fatigued and when the headlines only tell part of the story – like the fact they were making incredible amounts of money, then you can feel discouraged.

Add on that many of these stories don’t talk about that key step – aligning your goals and getting on the same page.

If you’re not there, then you almost can feel like throwing up your arms and just giving up.

I don’t want to give up. I would love for you to tackle those big goals, but more importantly, I want you two to feel comfortable and excited about the plan you two carved out for yourselves.

How?

By acknowledging while there are certain financial principles that are incredibly helpful, we all have different approaches to how we tackle our goals.

Today we’re going to do that with one of the most common goals families have with their finances – paying off their debts.

Today I want to share some guests we’ve had on the show who have become debt-free, but had different amounts and time tables.

In this episode we’re looking at:

  • The step by step process of how to set up a system to pay off your debt faster
  • Some of the most common hangups couples have with becoming debt-free
  • Tools and apps to make it easier

Let’s get started!

If you’re looking for some more inspiration, tactics, and encouragement about becoming debt-free together, please check out my interview with Chris Browning.

Resources to Pay Off a Mountain of Debt

If you two are ready to pay off your debt, here are some handy resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union. If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

We’ve been Coastal members for a few years have been happy with their services.

They want to help you achieve your biggest goals faster and as a team!

Your Debt-Free Plan

And if you want to discuss this more – ask questions, swap ideas, and maybe get a debt-free strategy set up – don’t forget to join us in the Thriving Families group on Facebook.

Our goal is to help one another out. Hope to see you there!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S10E1_How_to_Get_Out_of_Debt_This_Year_as_a_Couple.mp3
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Money can be a huge source of stress, but it doesn’t have to be.

Today I’m going to share 5 ways you can simplify your finances so you two can enjoy your marriage and money!

Simplify and Reboot Your Money

How do you feel about the progress you’ve made this year with your finances?

If you’re not quite happy with where you are right now, don’t panic. There’s still plenty of time to reset and reboot things with your money.

Since my Dump Debt Together session aired last Monday as part of the Mamas Talk Money Summit, I have been keeping busy answering some of your questions about changing things up for the better.

I’ve noticed that the biggest concern is getting the ball rolling.

You’re more than welcome to dig around the site and podcast. With over 1,000 articles and 300+ episodes, we cover a lot here on Couple Money.

But I know that approach can make you feel overwhelmed so today I want to wrap up this special series on the podcast with how you can get started.

In this episode we’ll look at:

  • habits to develop that will make your finances much easier to handle
  • key numbers to track (and which to pass on)
  • An easy way to reboot your money

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Hit Your Money Goals

If you two are looking to improve how you talk and work together with your finances (and lives), please check out these resources.

If you want to discuss talking with your spouse about money, ask questions, or share your own tips please join us over at Thriving Families on Facebook.

5 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

Whether you’re the spreadsheet king or queen or more the big-picture person, I think we can all agree that we want to streamline our finances so you can focus on the people and things that matter to us.

You can really dive into the weeds with finances and debate the minute, but if you’re looking for big wins not only with your money but your marriage, here are 5 things you need to focus on.

#1: Go on Regular Money Dates

Why do I talk about money dates so much? It’s because they work!

Pretty much every couple whose paid down debt, saved a significant amount, or is on the path to financial freedom does this.

They may call it something else (like Andy and Nicole with their budget parties 🙂 ), but the idea is the same.

Having a regular time where you’re in a relaxing and low key environment to get together to discuss your dreams and your money

It can be a night out at one of your favorite restaurants or you’re just in the backyard relaxing with a glass of wine by the firepit.

Wherever and however you have your money date, you want to make sure you look at the goals you’ve created together (your WHY) and then review your numbers.

Knowing your budget, your monthly cash flow, and net worth is smart.

If you’re not sure how to start or even begin the conversation about finances, pick up my Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money.

I take you step by step through money dates, with conversation starters and ice breaks. I also share a 4-week plan to get you two on the same page with money.

#2 Switch to a 50/30/20 Budget

If the idea of making a budget makes you break out in hives, then you have to switch things up.

Typically when someone is complaining about a budget, there are a few key reasons. The root of it for many is that there’s no room in the budget for what matters to you. It’s so strict, you can’t any fun with things.

And while that might look like a good idea on paper – you think you’re going to get out of debt faster or hit your goal sooner – it’s usually an exercise in frustration.

Sustainable is the way to go and for most couples, it’s a process and one of the best budgets to get you started on that path is the 50/30/20.

As you probably figured out, your money (net income in this case) goes into one of three ‘buckets’ of expenses.

  • 50% Essentials: This covers your ‘needs’ like rent/mortgage, food, utilities, and necessary transportation.
  • 20% Financial Priorities: This money is allocated for your future such as investing for retirement and taking care of important money goals now like having an emergency fund and paying off your debt.
  • 30% Wants: These are your lifestyle choices. What do you two enjoy?

#3: Automate Your Budget

A simple trick that’s helped us is scheduling the bills to come out 48 hours after the deposits gone in.

You can use track your progress with apps and options such as:

  • Personal Capital – If you have a ton of accounts between you, this makes it easy to sort them out.
  • Tiller – Love how easily you can customize it based on your unique budget.
  • Zeta – Created for couples, by couples, Zeta is designed around how you two want to share your accounts.
  • Honeyfi – One of the first on the couple money app scene and very focused on getting you to share goals.
  • Mint – If you’re looking to get a handle on your budget, Mint is a very visual way to see what’s happening.

Don’t forget that along with bills, you want to automate things like your debt snowball or if savings if that’s your goal.

#4: Only Use Cash When Eating Out

Chances are eating out is a big expense with your monthly budget. Those quick lunches with coworkers seem small, but those constant convenient and on the go meals typically add up to more than you estimated.

Something that I’ve seen that’s helped me curb my spending is using cash.

There are families that like to use cash for multiple expenses and they stash them into different envelopes to track things down, but for me, that was too much work.

I’ve found that just using cash for lunches keeps me aware of what I‘m spending and minimizes me breaking the budget.

#5: Develop Laser Focus on Your Goals

Don’t try to work on all your expenses across the board. You can burn out quickly trying to slash multiple expenses at once.

I think one reason systems like Dave Ramsey’s baby steps are so effective is that they have you laster focus in on one step or goal at a time.

You begin with a starter emergency fund, then it’s all in with paying down debt, then you can fully fund your savings, and so on.

While you don’t have to be as gazelle intense as some people are – it can actually backfire with getting your spouse on board – having a priority can be powerful.

Want to optimize your spending? Try monthly challenges with one thing. Give the cash envelope a go next month.

I want you to build better habits, not go for quick wins that get undone by the next month.

If you’re pressed for time, there are options like Trim that can save you money by canceling subscriptions, finding deals with insurance, or negotiating with your cable bill.

Just focus on one thing at a time each month and by the end of the year, you’ll have some big wins.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere 

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Today we’re into how you can shift into your debt-free journey with one question!

Dump Debt Together

It’s on!

All this week the Mamas Talk Money Summit is hosting sessions about family finances, investing, career, and kids. 

My session was out Monday night – Dump Debt Together (When You Can’t Agree How). 

I had a fantastic time! While the session was on, I was live in the chat speaking and answering questions about how to get your spouse on board with knocking out this debt. 

People had some wonderful questions and were kind enough to share their biggest money challenges. 

We got into creating a budget when one spouse has irregular income, secrete debts, and conversation starters for those initial chats about money. 

But I’m not the speaker in this event. There are about 40 amazing mama speakers that are a part of the summit and their sessions cover not only the ‘essential’ goals like paying off debt, saving, and investing but also topics they may not have as much exposure or have accessible resources.

Brynne Conroy is one of the speakers. She’s going to be this Friday as part of the kids and money sessions. 

I’ve had her on the podcast when she released her book, The Feminist Financial Handbook. She’s also the creator of Personal Finance By Women. 

Her session is Managing Your Finances With a Special Needs Child. 

In this episode we’ll look at:

  • Why Brynne’s session is needed
  • One activity you can do to get your spouse on board with becoming debt-free

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Hit Your Money Goals

If you two are looking to improve how you talk and work together with your finances (and lives), please check out these resources.

If you want to discuss talking with your spouse about money, ask questions, or share your own tips please join us over at Thriving Families on Facebook.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere 

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Can’t agree on how to tackle your finances? Learn how you work together on some of your biggest money issues!

Working Through Money Issues Together

Last month, in the newsletter I mentioned that for October I was going to be focused on the theme of r resetting and rebooting your finances so you can hit your goals before 2019 ends.

I’m doing a special mini-series this month on the podcast, but that’s not the only project I’m doing.

I’m also a part of a big event happening next week that follows this idea of pushing through on your financial goals – The Mama Talk Money Summit.

The event is happening next week – October 21st through 25th.

All week during the summit, there will be sessions from over 40 incredibly financially savvy mamas and speakers. We’re talking all about:

  • Family Finance
  • Investing, Retirement & Estate Planning
  • Career & Business
  • Teaching Kids About Money

And much, MUCH more!

So whether you’re trying to knock that credit debt, get some savings stashed away, or are looking to invest for long term goals, this summit will have at least a few sessions that can help you make it happen.

And 2019 Mamas Talk Money Summit is a FREE conference that’s 100% online!

This was an important point for me because I know we’re all at different points in our financial journey, so having it be free to register was one of the reasons I wanted to join in.

The reason I’m bringing this summit up is 1) I think it’s an incredible event and resource and 2) my session is going to be about a specific hurdle that we as couples can sometimes have when we’re trying to improve our finances, such as paying off debt.

In fact, my session is called Dump Debt Together (When You Can’t Agree How).

So you’re all ready to knock debt out, but your spouse….not so much.

I’ll be sharing some ways you can dig into the real reason they’re hesitating and some ways you can use that to come up with a debt-free plan they’d want to join in on.

So if you’d like to grab your free pass, catch that session and more, please just head over here.

So the session will be a deep dive on the topic, but I want to touch on today this idea of trying to get on the same page.

Adam Kol is joining me today.

He’s a former Tax Attorney and a Certified Mediator who is now focusing on helping couples working through some of their issues.

Today we’re going to take a situation and question from someone in the community.

In this episode we’ll look at:

  • Questions to ask to get your spouse to open up
  • How to use what-if scenarios to work through issues
  • Working to keep things open and honest so that you’re making the progress you want together

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Hit Your Money Goals

If you two are looking to improve how you talk and work together with your finances (and lives), please check out these resources.

If you want to discuss talking with your spouse about money, ask questions, or share your own tips please join us over at Thriving Families on Facebook.

Adam Kol: Couples Financial Counselor

He’s a former Tax Attorney and a Certified Mediator who is now focusing on helping couples working through some of their issues as a couples financial counselor.

Adam is providing individually-crafted, fundamentally-sound Couples Financial Counseling and training.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere 

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Learn how you can create goals to achieve your big financial goals while avoiding burn out!

Knocking Out Your Big Financial Goals

When we started this mini-series last week about rebooting your money, I talked about how to hit those goals you have to change things up a bit.

Karen Cordaway went over how we could reframe things around the quality of our lives.

It’s not paying off debt, it’s about having money to travel more. You’re not just saving money in the bank, you’re giving yourself a building a sizable downpayment to buy a house.

This can be a powerful way to motivate yourself.

There’s another side to that puzzle – creating the goals themselves.

Since most people don’t achieve those big results that they hope for, is there a way to make them work for you so that you do make them happen?

I think so.

I believe there’s a way to achieve those ambitious goals without burning out.

And I think Joseph Hogue is the perfect person to break it down.

Since I’ve met Joseph at a conference a few years ago, I’ve seen how well he’s done with following through on his plans and goals.

Joseph Hogue worked in private wealth management and venture capital for more than a decade before freelancing as an investment analyst.

He now teaches regular people how to beat debt, make more money side-hustling and invest.

So I thought having him break down his approach would be helpful.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Creating goals that fit your season so you’re not burnt out
  • Avoiding the yo-yo diet cycle with your finances
  • Uses challenges to grab big wins

Hope you enjoy!

Mama Talk Money Summit

Speaking of hitting those money goals, next week we’re talking about a special event that I’m a part of to help you do just that – Mama Talk Money Summit.

Chelsea Brennan from Smart Money Mamas has put everything together.

For 5 WHOLE days, the Mamas Talk Money Summit is bringing you presentations from over 40 incredibly financially savvy mamas who have TONS of valuable advice to share with you all about finding your financial swagger, raising kids who are money masters, and connecting with a tribe of moms who are getting smart with their money.

We’re talking all about:

  • Family Finance
  • Investing, Retirement & Estate Planning
  • Career & Business
  • Teaching Kids About Money

And much more!

So whether you’re trying to knock that credit debt, get some savings stashed away, or are looking to invest for long term goals, this summit will have at least a few sessions that can help you make it happen.

Along with the session, there will be a live Q&A with each speaker.

For example, for my session – Dump Debt Together (When You Can’t Agree How) – I’ll be online in the chat so you can ask me questions while watching it.

It’s all online and you can register and watch the sessions for FREE!

This was an important point for me because I know we’re all at different points in our financial journey, so having it be free to register was one of the reasons I wanted to join in.

The event is happening on October 21st through the 25th.

Now what I love with how Chelsea is putting this together, is that she has some fun giveaways and prizes along with the summit.

There will be over $15,000 in giveaways of money tools, courses, swag, and gifts for moms throughout the event!

So you not only can catch the most useful sessions to help you knock out your big money goal, but you can also pick up some fantastic and helpful prizes.

I hope you’ll join me and other mamas. Just make sure you grab your FREE ticket by signing up here!

Resources to Hit Your Money Goals

If you two are looking to improve how you talk and work together with your finances (and lives), please check out these resources.

If you want to discuss talking with your spouse about money, ask questions, or share your own tips please join us over at Thriving Families on Facebook.

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere 

Direct download: Bonus_2_How_to_Set_and_Reach_Your_Big_Financial_Goals.mp3
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Today we’re looking at how you reboot your money by not focusing on the finances!

It’s now October.

The year is officially wrapping up and for many, it’s a busy season. Do you have any plans coming up? 

This month we have a family trip planned to see some of our friends and family for Virginia. 

We're looking forward to it. 

But I also know that this time of year can also be one of reflection and review. 

We've knocked out some goals like saving up for my husband's next car, but we're still working on our big goal for the year - paying an extra $11k on our mortgage. 

How about you? How close are you to hitting your goals? 

If you’re behind on them, it’s okay. There is still time for you to reset and reboot your finances. 

And I want to help out. 

So this month I want to turn things around by doing a mini-series on the podcast.

Each week we’re going to be tackling some of the big hurdles you might be having with your goals. 

One reason I’ve noticed people get behind is that they’ve lost that some of that momentum and motivation. 

Let's be honest if you’re dealing with something big - like trying to become debt-free, you could be in it for a while depending on how much debt you have now. 

So how can you not only keep on making progress but actually enjoy yourself? 

Something that can help you is reframing your goals. 

And today, Karen Cordaway is here to talk about how. She’s the author of The Everyday Bucket List.

If you subscribe to the newsletter - and you really should ;) - you’ll remember it’s one of three books I recommended this summer. 

In this episode we’ll discuss: 

  • Move away from making financial goals to more holistic ones
  • How you can create a bucket list that fits your season of life now
  • Tools to make it easier to incorporate more fun into your routine

Let’s get started! 

 


Today we’re looking at how you can knock out a debt or two before this year wraps up!

Knock Out a Debt Quickly

Who doesn’t want to unload a debt before this year wraps up?

Paying off debt is usually one of the top three goals people make for the year, but struggle to achieve.

That’s not going to happen with you.

I want you to make some headway with your debt-free goals which why we’re finishing up with season with a call to action – we’re going to knock out debt.

Of course, to do this we need money.

There are three ways you’re going too free up money so to speak to pay off those debts faster:

  • Optimize your current budget
  • Consolidate your debts
  • Earn extra cash

We’ve talked about different ways you can save this season, with housing, cars, and how to bake in automatic savings so today I want to look at the other two options.

David Jacobs, VP of Consumer Lending at Coastal Credit Union, is going to talk about the differences between HELOCs and home equity loans.

If you going that route, you really need to understand how they work.

We’re also looking at using side hustles to earn that extra money. Can you really knock out your debts with a side gig?

Kevin is a member of our community and was kind enough to reach out to me about his experience. He’s done both delivery driving with GrubHub and ride-sharing.

What’s cool – at least to me – is that he’s an accountant in his day job. So when he did the side hustles he was tracking not only his earnings but expenses.

I think you’ll enjoy hearing his take on whether it’s a viable way to earn some extra cash.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Understanding debt consolidation options with your home equity
  • Whether side hustles can be a smart way to earn extra cash to pay those debts
  • Ways to stay motivated

Let’s get started!

Resources to Pay Off a Mountain of Debt

If you two are ready to pay off your debt, here are some handy resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They want to help you achieve your biggest goals!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

 
Direct download: S9E11_How_To_Dump_Debt_Before_The_Year_Wraps_Up.mp3
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No parent wants their kids to go deep in debt, but whether it’s college or trade school, education can be pricey.

Learn what options are available and how to best save up for your kid’s college expenses!

Paying for Your Kid’s Education and College Expenses

With student loans seeming like a weight on many college grads, I think most parents who kids are thinking about either college, trade school, or vocational schools are trying to find ways to ease the burden.

And the advice typically given is to save ahead.

But the price of getting an education is rising pretty quickly.

How do you do that when you juggling your current family expenses and saving up for other goals?

To help me out today is Drew Snider. He’s a director in Financial Planning at Coastal Wealth Management.

He’s also a parent of a 12-year-old daughter and yes, he’s been thinking about this as well. So he’s looking at this from both sides.

In this episode, we’ll get into:

  • The rising costs of college and why its harder for kids to work through college
  • What options you have to save to and invest
  • How you can start saving now

Let’s get started!

Tips on Paying for College

If you two are looking to help your kid skip out on student loans, here are some resources to help you save up.

Key Takeaways on Paying for Your Kid’s College Expenses

Before we close up I want to focus on some key takeaways I got:

  • Start early.
  • Don’t go on autopilot.
  • Have your kid have skin in the game.

If you’d like to chat more about ways to save for your kid’s college and education expenses, please join us in our private and free Facebook group, Thriving Families!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
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  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Learn how you can talk to your parents about money, their retirement, and beyond with less stress!

Helping Your Parents Prepare for Retirement and Beyond

Learn how you can talk to your parents about money, their retirement, and beyond with less stress! #family #money #podcast

We talk about how to discuss money as a couple and make those conversations less stressful. And I hope you two feel more relaxed when you’re talking about your goals and finances.

I also know that just because you two can talk about money, doesn’t mean that you’re cool with those money chats with everyone.

Especially when it comes to your parents.

My mom is getting closer to retirement I want to make sure that she’s in a good spot. Healthwise things look alright, but I also know that’s not given.

We’ve other relatives have some significant health issues, including dementia and injury and it does make us wonder, how prepared are we to make sure our parents are taken care of?

It’s easy to put it off, but do we really want to?

So how do you start those conversations? How do you prepare for when you need to step in and help out your parents?

Journalist and personal finance author Cameron Huddleston had to deal with it firsthand when helping her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Her latest book is Mom and Dad: We Need to Talk is a fantastic guide on how to come together as a family now so down the line, everyone is on the same page.

So I’m we have her on today.

We also have financial advisor Jonah Kaufman sharing his take as he’s had to help families navigate through these delicate conversations.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Why you don’t want to wait to talk to your parents about money
  • Key conversations you should have and how to get started with them
  • Crucial documents that will protect your parents and their wishes

Let’s get started!

Resources for Parents and Retirement

Here are some fantastic resources to help you two get more comfortable talking about retirement and more with your parents.

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you want to be better prepared financially, please consider Coastal’s Retirement Planning Program!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S9E9_Helping_Your_Parents_Plan_for_Retirement_and_Beyond.mp3
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When you’re buying a house, there is a ton of paperwork and terminology thrown at you. 

Today we’re going to decipher and explain all the essentials you need to know to get a great deal on your mortgage! 

Getting a Great Mortgage When Buying a House

Even if you’re excited and ready to buy a house, it can still be stressful.

Last week I mentioned that my mom is moving into the Raleigh area after getting a job offer.

She’s getting all that paperwork done for work and keeping her current home in tiptop shape since it’s on the market to sell.

And whenever she’s in town to take care of her work stuff, we’re also driving around looking at places and neighborhoods.

Being with her reminds me of our own house hunt and I remember how at times things seemed overwhelming.

Buying a home is a huge purchase and while you’re trying to make sure it’s the right fit for you, you’re also sorting through all this paperwork.

When you’re getting a mortgage, your lender is combing through your finances and it feels like they request every scrap of information they can get.

And then when you do find a home, you make the offer – hopefully they accept. You have a home inspection, have the house appraised, and get paperwork like title insurance done.

It’s a lot.

And the first time around, we knew we paid a fair price, but we were a little lost.

The second time, though, we felt confident about buying the house.

One part that made a huge difference for us was getting our loan officer to walk us through.

Having your loan officer in your corner, along with a great agent makes the process enjoyable and rewarding.

We’re so grateful to have had that.

And I want you to feel the same way.

So if you’re in the market to buy or you know in the future you’d want to buy a home, I think you’ll enjoy this episode.

I’m sharing one of my favorite interviews on the topic, my chat with Wendy Dawson. She’s the Vice President of Mortgage Lending at Coastal.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • What you need to keep in mind about mortgages
  • All the fees and expenses that typically come with buying a house – its more than just the down payment
  • How to decipher the paperwork

I want you to feel comfortable and confident you’re getting a great deal with your mortgage.

I hope you enjoy!

Resources on Getting a Great Deal on Your Mortgage

If you’re looking to buy, here are some resources to help you find a great deal with your mortgage

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

See how Coastal can help you with your mortgage needs!

Key Takeaways on Buying a Home

I want to focus on some key takeaways I got from talking with Wendy and our own experience:

  • Know your numbers (and own them) 
  • Understand your mortgage options
  • Ask questions. 

If you’d like to chat more about buying or even selling your house,  please join us in our private and free Facebook group – Thriving Families

Hope to see you there!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 
Direct download: S9E8_Best_Mortgage_Tips_for_Home_Buyers.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

Today we’re going over home buying tips so you can snag a great deal on your dream house! 

What You Need to Know About Buying a House

This summer is wrapping up, but things are about to get busier for us. 

My mom was recently offered a job in the area and so she’s asked me to help her with buying a house. 

The problem is that here in the Raleigh/Triangle area, it’s very much a seller’s market. 

Since we bought our house three years ago, prices have gone up on homes. The median price of homes currently listed in Raleigh is $330,000.

Which means we need to be savvy house hunters. 

I’m excited about this, but it’s going to be a challenge for sure. 

And if you’re looking to buy a house, you might be facing the same challenges. 

Which is why I’m so happy to have Louis Guillama on today to offer his expertise.  He’s the Vice President of Real Estate Operations over at Coastal Credit Union.

He has decades of experience with the real estate agent side as well as home renovations. 

In this episode we’ll discuss: 

  • differences between buying new construction vs resale
  • spotting great and still affordable neighborhoods
  • finding a fixer-upper (instead of being stuck with a money pit)

Hope you enjoy!

Resources on Buying a House

If you’re looking to buy, here are some resources to help you find an affordable place you love!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you need an agent, Daymark Realty has a fantastic team ready to help find the perfect house for you in the Triangle area! 

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S9E7_Home_Buying_Tips_for_Finding_Your_Dream_House.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:09am EDT

How do you feel about managing money? Is it something you enjoy doing or do you see paying the bills, knocking out debt, saving for your future, etc. a bit much?

When we were first married it was honestly a little overwhelming. We had the bills to pay, a car loan, and eventually student loans that were going to come due. 

The idea of getting a financial system seemed complicated.

The good news is it wasn’t.

With a little organization so we had our acct info in front of us. It was a one evening thing. 

And it’s made a huge difference for us. 

We’ve paid off over $30,000 of debt, bought our cars with cash, started investing for retirement, and giving more.

Through the years, we’ve had to take a step back to help out loved ones and deal with our family. With two little ones as our priority, we sometimes have put money conversations on the back burner.

The automated system allowed us to still take care of the essentials and not miss a beat. 

But I also know that the idea of setting up a system sounds like a ton of work.

Truth is the initial set up typically isn’t as difficult as you think and the benefits are more than just the money. 

To make this easier we’re going over: 

  • Peek into Our System so You Have a Real Life Example
  • Setting Up Your Financial System
  • Tools and Apps to Make it Easier to Set up and Track Your Money

I hope you enjoy! 

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They have fantastic options to make online banking easy!

Resources to Stay on Top of Your Money

Here are some resources to make managing your money much easier!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


With the FIRE (financial independence/retire early) movement growing, many families are wondering if it's an option for them. Today we look at the key numbers parents need to consider when pursuing financial independence while raising kids! 

What choices do we need to make as a family now to become financially independent?

Helping me to dig into this is Jonah Kaufman. He’s a financial advisor at Coastal Wealth Management. 

And while he’s not here for specific financial advice – that’s something you need to do one on one since everyone has unique financial circumstances – we are going over some things to consider and talk about as a family.

In this episode we’ll discuss: 

  • 5 big myths and misconceptions people have about financial independence
  • Two key numbers to keep an eye on for early retirement (and income is not one of them!)
  • How you two can create a FIRE plan that fits you

Hope you enjoy!

Handy Tools to Start Your FI Journey

If you’re looking to get ahead with your finances as a family by pursuing financial independence, here are some resources to check out:

FI Community

Too many to number, but here are just a few of my favorites!

If you’d like to chat more your money system, please join us in our private and free Facebook group – Thriving Families

We’re families looking to support and help one another out.

Hope to see you there!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Thanks to our podcast sponsor Coastal Credit Union!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you want to be better prepared financially for retirement, please check out Coastal’s Retirement Planning options

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? It’s provided by Lee Rosevere.


Looking to raise kids while pursuing financial independence? Here are some tips from Simplify and Enjoy to help you reach your goals and enjoy the journey!

How to Simplify Your Finances and Enjoy Your Family

As I mentioned in the last episode, this week is going to be a bit different. I’m going on vacation with my family soon but I wanted to leave you with some bonuses.

As you already heard, I started a new podcast – Simplify and Enjoy.

While here on Couple Money we talk about getting on the same page with money as a couple, Simplify and ENjoy is more focus on families especially with young kids who are interested in pursuing financial independence.

Besides looking at the numbers, of course, we’re going to be looking at how to design your life around your family.

How do you make the finances work so you are hitting your goals but you’re also enjoying the journey?

So this week I’m going to share the first two episodes from the series – easy ways to manage your money when you’re busy and then the second episode is finding your path to financial independence when you’re raising young kids.

I hope you enjoy these episodes and that they help you with your own journey to financial freedom and independence as a family!

Handy Tools to Save More

If you’re looking to get ahead with your finances as a family, here are key resources to check out!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Thanks to our podcast sponsor Coastal Credit Union!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They have competitive rates on checking and savings accounts!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 


Want to get the most out of your 401(k)? Learn the key guidelines on how you can choose the best investment options for you! 

Want to get the most out of your 401(k)? Learn the key guidelines on how you can choose the best investment options for you! 

Making the Most of Your 401(k)

Chances are if you’re investing for your retirement, the bulk of that money is stashed away in your 401(k).

For those whose employers offer them, they’re an easy option to sign up for and contribute towards.

But are how comfortable are you with how it is doing?

To help sort things out, Jonah Kaufman is joining me for this episode.

Jonah is a financial advisor at Coastal’s Wealth Management Services.

These will give you some starting points and ideas on what you need to talk about.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Why your 401(k)s are a great foundation for retirement savings
  • What factors to consider when you’re investing
  • Understanding some of the different options that your 401(k) may offer

Hope you enjoy!

Just to make sure we’re on the same page, this episode is NOT about specific investment advice.

You would need to consult a qualified financial professional who can evaluate your unique circumstances.

Resources to Stay on Top of Your 401(k)

Here are some resources to make managing your money much easier!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you want to be better prepared financially for retirement, please check out Coastal’s 401(k) Planning Calculator.

Key Takeaways on Optimizing Your 401(k)

Before we wrap up I want to focus on some key takeaways I got from speaking with Jonah and preparing for this episode:

  • Understand yourself as an investor.
  • Performance isn’t tied to cost with your investments.
  • Don’t check your investments too frequently.

If you’d like to chat more about your financial goals,  please join us in our private and free Facebook group – Thriving Families.

Hope to see you there!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


Today we’re talking about how you two can really review the big picture and make sure you hit YOUR big money goals!

Financial Check-ups  

The first half of this year is about over, so how are you guys doing right now?

It’s funny how time seems to speed up and slow down.

Looking back we have had some big ups and downs in the past four or so weeks, both financially and in our lives.

Last month our adorable cat had some seisures and other issues and in a span of week – if that – he went from sick to passing away.

It was so fast, the vets were trying to figure out what happened.

And because a few issues, we just got his remains last week and paid his final expenses.

Thankfully we have savings, but between emergency hospital exam, tests, and his vet visits, it definitely was pricey.

Besides that weight, we had good things to celebrate.

We were invited to two baby showers and then last weekend we went to two graduation parties. And of course, they are bunched together.

But that’s life, right?

At least for us.

And I find it so easy to let certain things slip by because there are more pressing or immediate things happening.

The danger is by focusing only on the thing right in front of you, that you miss important stuff. 
I don’t think money is the most important thing. I do however realize that much of our day to day and long term goals need us to be on top on our finances.

We should have a game plan for our money and a system that allows us to put in place so when things come up – and they will- our finances keep chugging along.

Which is why I’m so glad Cathrine Bryant is joining in today’s episode.

She’s a financial advisor at Coastal Wealth Management.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Getting a financial snapshot and prioritizing which goal or two is your focus
  • Setting up a system to both track your money and getting into a habit of money dates
  • Finding a financial planner when you need a check-up with a professional

Let’s get started!

Resources to Stay on Top of Your Money

Want some help staying on top of your money? Here are some resources to make managing your money much easier!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you want to be better prepared financially, please consider Coastal’s Retirement Planning Program!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 

Today we’re going to show you how to get the best deal when buying a car!

What You Need to Know About Car Loans

Cars and car payments are a way of life for many couples.

According to the latest data I could find, there’s a record 2.5 million auto loans originated.

Average monthly payments for new vehicles are $530 for new vehicles and for used cars, it’s around $381.

That’s certainly a big chunk of their budget going to cars.

We’re a bit different.

Once we paid off our car loan with the Jetta, we’ve bought our cars outright.

As a personal and financial decision, we choose to go debt free with cars.

And if you’re curious about how that works, then you’ll want to read our guide on buying cars with cash, which takes you through how we save up and buy our cars.

It’s helped us skip having a car payment for the past 10 years.

And personally, I feel like going debt free on cars is the best option, but every couple is different.

Maybe you have a car that’s having to have repairs and because you’ve been throwing money to keep it going you don’t have much of a down payment?

Or you’d like to go for a used car, but your spouse is hesitant and isn’t willing to go that route?

Throughout the seasons, I’ve put out the offer to you to send in your money questions. I did a call for this season as well. And guess what?

Car loans came up. A lot.

Which isn’t surprising, considering that 85% of new car purchases and 53% of used car purchases use a loan.

But if you get a car loan, is there a way to make sure it’s extremely affordable and if you decide to pay it off sooner, would the numbers work in your favor?

It’s a challenge that I want to tackle today.

By examining the numbers and pushing away the hype and ads, I think you can get a clearer picture of the real costs and then figure out what’s the best option for you.

I’m extra excited because one of you lovely listeners is the guest. And Maggie actually pitched this topic to me in person.

Yep, a Raleigh listener.

Maggie and her husband Ben are trying to figure out what their options are for buying a car. And they were kind enough to share their situation and questions.

What’s cool to me about is that David Jacobs VP of Consumer from our sponsor and partner this season, Coastal Credit Union is going to give us some insights on the lending side.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • How to figure out how much car you really can afford
  • Getting the Best Rate on a Car Loan
  • Running the numbers to uncover some loan traps – like if those 0% deals on new cars are really a good deal

I want you two to be able to feel confident that you’re getting the best deal you can.

Let’s get started!

Essential Resources for Buying a Car

If you two are thinking about buying a car soon, here are some handy resources to help you get the best deal on them!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

If you are hunting for a car loan, take a minute to review competitive rates and deals Coastal is offering now to make buying a car easier!

Key Takeaways on Car Loans

Before we close up I want to focus on some key takeaways I got when researching for this episode:

  • Run the numbers before you start car hunting
  • Save up for a down payment
  • Ignore the hype

If you’d like to chat more about saving more,  please join us in our private and free Facebook group – Thriving Families

We’re families looking to support and help one another out. Hope to see you there!

Support the Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

  • Spread the word! If you enjoyed this episode and think it can help a buddy get on the path to dumping debt and become financially free, please share.
  • Leave a review. Honest feedback and reviews make a big difference and gets the word out about the podcast. Leave your review on Apple or Stitcher.
  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S9E4_Car_Buying_Tips_Getting_the_Best_Deals_on_Car_Loans.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 11:42am EDT

Double Your Savings

This week in the community newsletter I asked a question – can you really save half your income?

Think about that for a second.

Why is this important?

Whether you’re paying off debt, saving up to buy a house, start family, travel, or invest more for your future – all of these goals have something in common.

They need money.

How much you save of your income can have an incredible impact on how fast you reach your big financial goals.

Now unless you have a stash of cash under in house or an inheritance, that money is probably coming out of your budget.

Now another quick question – do you know the average savings rate in the U.S. now?

Take a guess.

It’s around 6%.

As you probably guess that’s not going to cut it if you want to knock out any of those big goals soon.

There’s no way around it. If you want to hot those goals fairly quickly, you have to master the art of saving.

But half your income?

That’s a bit much, right?

Don’t let anyone tell that’s not a huge deal because it is.

However, it is possible to start working on bumping up that savings rate and one of my goals this summer is getting you to double yours.

We’re bringing back the summer of savings. 
I want this summer to be your best ever. Today on the podcast and throughout the season on this site, I’ll be sharing strategies to help you grow your stash while still enjoying things.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • A simple path to notching up your savings rate
  • Psychological hacks to save more
  • Tools that will make your life much easier

Oh and stay tuned until because we’re also bringing back the summer of savings giveaway!

Let’s get started!

Handy Tools to Increase Your Savings Rate

If you’re looking to get ahead with your finances as a family, here are key resources to check out!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They have competitive rates on checking and savings accounts!

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Direct download: S9E3_How_to_Double_Your_Savings_Rate.mp3
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Wedding planner Megan Gillikin as plenty of insider tips to help you plan a fantastic wedding (and still stick to your budget)! 

Even though it’s about 13 years ago, I remember being stressed at times when planning our wedding.

Just like we heard at the top of the show, as soon as you announce your engagement it can feel like you’re being swarmed with questions about the big day.

But as much as your loved ones mean well, it can be easy to forget how personal this is.

For some, it’s something they planned and dreamed for years while others are looking for a very laid back and casual affair.

It’s a celebration and a promise that you to make to each other in front of your loved ones depending on the wedding you have.

There can be plenty of moving parts which can be overwhelming and stressful.

The two of you need to sit down and start talking about which things you’d like to have and which things are must-haves

You also may have family members who want to help out.

You have venues, vendors, and maybe some out of town guests to make arrangements for.

Oh, and of course paying for it.

Which is why I’m happy Megan Gillikin is on the podcast today.

She’s the owner and lead consultant for A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning so she has plenty of insider tips to help you have a fantastic wedding!

In this episode we get into:

  • Establishing your must-haves and wedding budget
  • What to do when the family wants to help pay for your wedding
  • Ice breakers to get the ball rolling

Hope you enjoy!

If you want to hear from another bride who had a beautiful wedding on a small budget, listen to my interview with Jessi Fearon.

She and her husband Pat managed a sweet and special wedding for $500!

Resources to Plan Your Wedding

If you’re getting married, please check out these resources so you can plan out your special day without going into debt.

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union! If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today.

They have competitive rates on checking and savings accounts!

Meet Megan Gillikin 

Megan is the owner and lead consultant for A Southern Soiree Wedding and Event Planning. I also do wedding and hospitality business consulting.

She’s also the host of the fantastic and informative podcast Weddings for Real.

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S9E2_Best_Wedding_Planning_Tips_from_an_Insider.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Need to talk about money, but worried about starting a fight? Learn easy and stressless ways you two can have the money talk and get on the same page with your finances! 

 

How to Talk About Money (without Starting a Fight)

While it makes for good TV drama, finding out your spouse has been hiding massive debt is so not the way to start talking about money.

But how do you do that – how do you start talking about money? Certified Financial Planner and NY Times best-selling author Carl Richards is on today to share some ways you can begin.

In this episode we get into:

  • Why it’s hard for most couples to talk about money
  • How money dates can keep things light and fun
  • Ice breakers to get the ball rolling

Hope you enjoy!

If you’d like to hear more from Carl, please listen to our first interview about creating a one-page financial plan!

Resources to Help the Money Talk Go Easier

If you two are ready, here are some fantastic resources to make talking about (and managing) money much less stressful!

Thank You to Our Sponsor Coastal!

Support for this podcast comes from Coastal Credit Union!

If you’re living in the Raleigh Durham area and looking to bank better, come check out Coastal today!

Meet Carl Richards

Carl Richards is a Certified Financial Planner™ and creator of the Sketch Guy column, appearing weekly in the New York Times since 2010.

Carl has also been featured on Marketplace Money, Oprah.com, and Forbes.com. In addition, Carl has become a frequent keynote speaker at financial planning conferences and visual learning events around the world.

Through his simple sketches, Carl makes complex financial concepts easy to understand.

His sketches also serve as the foundation for his two books, The One-Page Financial Plan: A Simple Way to Be Smart About Your Money and The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money.

Keep Takeaways for Talking About Money

Before we close up I want to focus on some key takeaways I got:

  • Make talking about money a normal part of your conversations.
  • Focus on the WHY before the HOW
  • Keep it simple

If you’d like to chat more about getting on the same page with your spouse about money, please join us in our private and free FB group – Thriving Families.

We’re families looking to support and help one another out. We’re over at couplemoney.com/fb

Hope to see you there!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 


Need to reset your money? Learn how to do some spring cleaning with your finances to start building momentum with your biggest goals!

For some reason, I like to use April is a sort of reminder to review our financial progress. Maybe because of the deadline for taxes.

Or maybe it’s because it’s financial literacy month.

Anyways, during April I’ll poke around all our accounts, including investments to make sure we’re moving in the right direction.

I’ll also review our goals for the year and see if we need to adjust anything.

If you’ve signed up for the community newsletter you got a look at a few of our goals for this year.

We’re looking to:

  • Make a dent on our mortgage with extra payments
  • Have enough saved up to replace a car
  • And for me, I’m working on getting in shape to tackle a 5k obstacle course

And if you haven’t, go ahead and take a little extra time checking your goals and numbers.

Things can be going smoothly, which is awesome.

But it’s not – like you’re behind on a goal or you two can’t seem to make any headway on something, this episode is for you.

We’re going to look at how you can reset things, do some financial spring cleaning, and build up some momentum.

In this episode we get into:

  • Why finances are a lot like fitness
  • Best resources to get on the same page as a couple and
  • How to start paying off debt faster, saving more, and creating your own path to financial freedom and independence

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Stay on Top of Your Money

Want to learn more about getting a redo on your money? Here are some resources to check out:

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 
Direct download: S8E11_How_To_Reset_Your_Money_With_a_Financial_Spring_Cleaning.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:43am EDT

Today we’re going to see how you can prepare your finances so you can buy a house without going broke!

Things are about to get hectic around here.

We just heard from our neighbor that the developer is going to start building the townhouses across the street from us starting next week.

Buying a House – Always a Smart Move?

Here in Raleigh if there’s a sliver of land, they’ll develop it.

It’s a hot market right now and homes are going up at a rapid pace.

Our property value has been rising since we bought our house three years ago.

We’ve received mail from realtors and have seen upticks with estimates from real estate sites like Realtor, Zillow, and Redfin.

We take these estimates with a grain of salt, but they are a reflection of the home value growing.

Seeing this growth you might think we’re firmly in the camp of every one needs to buy a house.

But we’re not.

And here’s the kicker – not every couple benefits from becoming a home owner.

In this episode we get into:

  • how to know if buying a home is right for you
  • real and total costs of home ownership
  • how to figure out how much you can afford so you can buy a house and still pursue financial independence

Hope you enjoy!

Resources on Buying a House

If you’re looking to buy, here are some resources to help you find an affordable place you love!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 

Direct download: S8E10_How_Much_House_Can_We_Really_Afford_to_Buy.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 2:10pm EDT

Interested in knocking out your debt faster, saving for a big goal (like a house down payment), or pivoting your career path? Use these tips to not only start a business but grow a sustainable side hustle!

Launching a Side Hustle

Starting a business, work from home, side hustle - you don’t have to be online for 5 seconds before you see an ad, site, or read someone saying how easy it is to get started.

It’s kind of half-true.

I would say there are more low-cost ways to get started with making money on the side, but free? No.

Whether you’re working on the side through an app like Uber, Wag, or GrubHub, flipping furniture and other yard sale treasure for profit, or working strictly online, starting a business is probably the easiest part.

Running and growing one? That’s the work.

I know some of you are interested in knocking out your debt faster or you’re to save up for a big goal.

Maybe a buy a house or bump up your savings for your little one’s arrival and you’re thinking, could a side business be what I need?

Honestly, it could.

There is a flexibility that you have when you’re in charge.

But it’ no cakewalk.

So today I want to share my chat with Marc over at Vital Dollar about his journey from working in an office, starting a side hustle, to working from home full-time.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • Why he made this transition from employee to an entrepreneur and when he knew he was ready
  • Tips to help you use that income to reach your goals faster
  • And if do become a full-time entrepreneur, how to live on an income that can fluctuate

Let’s get started!

Resources

Here are some fantastic resources to check out:

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 
Direct download: S8E9_Tips_for_Starting_and_Building_a_Sustainable_Side_Hustle.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Do you want to go on a fabulous family vacation, but you’re still paying down debt? Learn how you can save big on your next getaway while still knocking out your debt!

Saving Up for a Fun and Frugal Family Vacation

When’s your spring break?

Our oldest has hers next month, but she’s already counting down the days.

There’s something we love about having a little getaway as a family.

The challenge for families that are on their debt free journey is how to make it work.

‘How do we take family vacations while we’re still paying off debt?’

I totally get it.

You’re not going to put your life on hold just because you’re in debt.

That said, you’re going to have to get savvy with how you plan your trip.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • Setting up a vacation fund (and an easy way to build your stash)
  • Tips to help you save some serious cash and still have a fantastic, debt-free getaway
  • Whether or not travel hacking is the best option for you

Let’s get started!

Resources for Cheap Family Trips

Looking for ways to save on your next family getaway? Here are some fantastic resources to check out:

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S8E8_How_to_Go_on_a_Fabulous_and_Frugal_Family_Vacation.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Learn how you can protect your loved ones financial abuse and how to minimize the damage if it happens!

Financial Scams and Protecting Your Family

A few years ago, my husband’s nana had sent over money to a scammer pretending to be him.

She had thought he needed help and so she generously sent it in.

It was a wake call for us . After looking into this and talking with others, our family isn’t the only one who’s had to deal with this.

Last year, a record 24,454 suspected cases of elder financial abuse were reported to the US Treasury Dept by banks.

I can’t tell you for certain why they’re being targeted, but there are two key factors to consider.

By 2030 US Census Bureau estimates 1 in 5 people will be 65 or older.

Two, there’s a significant amount of money tied to our older friends and family.

According to the American Bankers Association, 70% of bank deposits are with people over 50.

So you have a growing and market that is appealing to scammers.

So what can we do to protect our grandparents, parents, and other older loved ones?

Today Joe Mecca from Coastal Credit Union is back.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • What financial scams are out there
  • Warning signs and What to look out for with your loved ones
  • How your bank or credit unions should be protecting you

Hope this helps!

If you want to hear more from Joe and find out more about credit unions please check out my interview here.

We discuss how credit unions can be a better option for couples looking to grow their wealth.

Resources to Win with Your Money

Want to go ahead and tackle your big marriage and money goals? Here are the resources we mentioned in today’s episode along with some extras!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S8E7_Protecting_Your_Family_from_Elder_financial_Abuse.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 9:49am EDT

Learn how you can prepare and save for the costs of retirement!

How Much Do We Need to Save for Retirement?

If you’ve used those free online calculator to find your retirement number, you probably were amazed at how much they say you need.

A million, two million, maybe more for just one of you.

How do you feel when you see those numbers?

Considering that 1 in 3 Americans has less than $5,000 saved for retirement, chances are there’s room for improvement.

Unless you’re living in denial about retirement, you’re probably dealing many of the hurdles couples deal with when it comes to saving and investing for retirement.

1- You have a full plate right now. As parents with two little ones, we always have something to do. We’re not complaining – this is really a fun season of life right now – but realistically our time and attention are focused around them.

2- Bills and debts. You may not be able to save more because there’s not much to give right now. If you have to pay credit cards, car loan, student loans and have a mortgage, your money is pretty much spent already.

3 – You’re not a financial planner. Hop online and you’’ll quickly see that there is endless free advice about what you should be doing. And it can be overwhelming at best and wrong for you at worst. Sifting through all that can be a mess.

Running the numbers is also difficult. Especially with one area of retirement that we have to deal with now – healthcare costs and insurance.

How do you know how much you’ll need years, decades down the line?

The answer is there is no way to perfect predict how much you need. But there are ways you can start drawing a plan that fits your circumstances and your goals.

Which is I’m happy Danielle Kunkle Roberts is here on today’s episode.

Danielle is the co-founder of Boomer Benefits. Boomer Benefits specializes in Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage insurance.

Which you may be thinking, I’m too young for Medicare, but I think she’s perfect because she has a close up of view of how prepared people really are for retirement.

She’s going to offer suggestions, ideas, and tips on what you can do now so you can be better equipped to handle the costs of retirement.

And how your health insurance choices now can help or harm you later.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • Prioritizing your finances
  • How HDHP and HSAs work and when they are right for you
  • How HSAs can help with healthcare costs during retirement

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Win with Your Money

Want to go ahead and tackle your big marriage and money goals? Here are the resources we mentioned in today’s episode along with some extras!

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  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 
Direct download: S8E6_How_to_Prepare_for_Retirement_and_Healthcare_Expenses.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

Today I’m answering your biggest tax questions. We’re doing a quick and easy take covering what you need to know this year when you file, how to maximize your refund, and set yourselves up with your finances for next year!

How to Maximize Your Tax Refunds with Credit and Deductions

There are some people in this world who are giddy right now because it’s tax season.

Yeah, this is like the SuperBowl for some money nerds.

And while I admit to being a number cruncher at times, I have to say taxes aren’t really that exciting for me.

Yep, guilty as charged.

However, I’ve seen how important getting our tax done has been for our finances. Both with planning throughout the year as well as using our refunds to reach our financial goals faster.

And I want you to see taxes in a better, maybe less stressful light so today I’ll tackle the big questions.

Heads up, even though I enjoy covering personal finances, I’m not a tax expert. There will be plenty of resources in today’s show notes for sure.

But this episode I will do my best to break things down and talk like a normal, non-money nerd.

In this episode, we’ll discuss:

  • The difference between tax deductions and credits
  • Major difference we noticed with the new tax law
  • Making the most of your tax refund

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Tackle Your Taxes

Looking to make taxes less stressful? Here are some of my favorite resources!

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I appreciate your help. Let’s make talking about marriage and money fun!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere

 


Can you have nice things when you're paying off debt? What millionaire habits can you pick up today? Personal finance author and money expert Anthony O'Neal shares his tips and thoughts!

Busting Common Money Myths

 

Many times we mismanage our money because we’ve developed ideas and habits that are harmful to our financial health.

If we want to change or help our spouse to change, it means we have to examine those money myths and habits.

And it can be hard to change.

That's why I’m really happy to have personal finance author and millennial money expert Anthony O'Neal on today. He’s made the leap himself.

At age 19, Anthony ONeal was deep in debt and short on hope with no direction of where his life was headed. But after hitting rock bottom, he turned his life around and committed to helping students find and pursue their passions.

We met up over at the NC State University's bell-tower before his Smart Money event last week for a chat about money myths and habits.

In this episode we get into:

  • how you can have nice stuff while paying off debt
  • what millionaires do differently
  • how to financially prepare your kids for the real world

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Build Good Money Habits

Looking to become debt free and build wealth? Here are some resources to help you build smart money habits.

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I appreciate your help. Let’s make talking about marriage and money fun!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere


Think your home is an investment? For most people, it's not. 

Learn how to rethink real estate so you can build your wealth and become financially independent!

Buying a house is usually the biggest purchase we make.

Right now in the United States, the median price of homes that sold is $225,900.

For those living in high cost of living areas like California and DC, you’re looking at closer to 350k to $400k respectively.

Just considering the numbers, you can see that you really need to do your homework when it comes to buying your house.

A misstep or mistake can cost you a significant amount of money.

I don't want that to happen to you. When \ever you buy your home I want it to feel like a blessing and a burden.

We’ve had several episodes about the house hunting, getting a mortgage, and finding the best home for you.

Today, though, I want to get into the root of every bad decision we made when it comes to real estate - how we approach it.

I can’t even count how many people had such strong opinions when we were house hunting.

And not all of them were right.

There so many justifications for buying any house.

  • ‘You’re throwing away money when you rent’
  • ‘Take advantage of the tax savings’
  • And my favorite - ‘real estate is an investment’

People were saying this and they no idea what kind of house or neighborhood we were looking at.

That’s not to say buying a house is a mistake.

It can actually be a smart move when done right. And if you’re looking at investing and are willing to put in the work, real estate can be an income stream.

But how you approach it makes all the difference.

Which is why I asked Julien and Kiersten, the creators and the couple behind Rich and Regular to come on today.

They are not only are homeowners, but they are also real investors who are working towards financial independence.

Their properties are a part of their plan so I thought they would be perfect to talk about how to approach real estate wisely.

In this episode we’ll discuss:

  • Why they don’t consider their home an investment
  • How they got into investing in real estate
  • Their strategy around real estate to reach financial independence

Hope you enjoy!

Resources for Buying a House

If you two are ready to get the balll rolling with buying a house or start looking at real estate investing, here are some resources to check out:

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  • Grab a copy of Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. My book is designed for a busy couple to set up their finances in 4 weeks. Get tips and tools that have worked for other couples on their journey of building their marriage and wealth together!

I appreciate your help. Let’s make talking about marriage and money fun!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere


Today Grant Sabatier, the author of Financial Freedom, goes through how he was able to become a millionaire and financially independent by 30.

More importantly, he also discusses how you can create your own path based on your goals and priorities.

Get on the Path to Financial Freedom

It’s almost the end of January, how are things going for you?

Over at our FB group, Thriving Families, I've been keeping an eye on some of the goals you’ve been sharing and I’m really impressed.

We some tackling debt, many mentioning their student loans. Meal prepping is also on the list. That’s a fantastic money saver and will help you tremendously with your health goals.

Quite a few talked about earning more, both through their regular 9-5 job as well as side hustles.

On the surface, these goals seem to go in different directions, but when we chat in the group and get into the whys behind the goals, I noticed a recurring theme.

Having more flexibility and security for our families.

And for many, that path includes reaching financial independence.

But when you’re deep in debt or just starting out, it can seem overwhelming and in some cases out of reach.

However, you can take steps now to get your finances in a great spot and open up more options for your family.

Today Grant Sabatier, the author of Financial Freedom and the creator of Millennial Money, goes through how he was able to become a millionaire and financially independent by 30.

More importantly, he also discusses how you can create your own path based on your goals and priorities.

In this episode, we get into:

  • Defining what financial independence and freedom means to you
  • Why simply cutting expenses won’t get you to where you want to go
  • How side hustles can enrich your lives and get you close to your FI dreams

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Get on the Path to Financial Freedom

If you two are ready to make some real progress on your big goals, here are helpful resources to check out.

Connect with Grant and Millennial Money

Dubbed “The Millennial Millionaire” by CNBC, Grant Sabatier went from $2.26 to $1 million in 5 years through entrepreneurship, side hustling and investing.

After reaching financial independence at the age of 30, Grant founded Millenial Money, where he writes about making and investing money and co-hosts the Millennial Money Minutes podcast.

Since launching in 2015, Grant has reached over 10 million readers and listeners through his blog and podcast.

Grant is also the author of Financial Freedom: A Proven Path to All the Money You’ll Ever Need.

Grant has been featured in over 200 international media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Money Magazine, ABC Nightline, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many others.

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Music Credit

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Direct download: S8E2_Financial_Freedom_for_Families.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 6:04am EDT

Does your family budget feel tight? Learn 3 key ways on how you can save hundreds of dollars each month while raising your kids and still having fun!

Saving More as a Family

I know that financial independence is a buzzword in the personal finance sphere. You got stories where people are saving 60, 70% of and retiring in 5, 10 years.

I commend anyone is who simplifies their lives and removes the needless excess so they can achieve the goal.

What I do see missing in some of these dramatic stories are the numbers, details, and well, relatability.

Saving 70% of a $200k income is an achievement, but so is saving 20% of a $50,000.

And to be helpful to families of different incomes, we need to look at the principles behind and it really comes down to mastering the art of living well on less.

Notice I didn’t say living on less. You do have to spend less than you earn- that’s a core financial principle - but the other is living well.
This is about a financial diet where you deprive yourself just to save more. This is about a lifestyle where you nail what truly matters to you, cut out the noise, and move your money towards your dreams.

Now, before you can pay off your debts, have an emergency fund, or invest for your future you have to have some money, right?

We have to develop our muscle with saving more.

Which is why we have Ansley Fender on today. She’s a Personal Finance Coach and Writer.

Ansley helps people make sense of their money by designing spending plans that align with their goals and lifestyle preferences.

She also understands firsthand what it’s like to accumulate $100,000 in student loan and consumer debt while climbing her way out as a new mom.

In this episode, we get into:

  • How to pursue financial freedom when you want to have a life
  • Ways to have fun as a family without breaking the bank
  • How you can earn some extra cash by doing things you already enjoy

I hope you enjoy!

Resources to Save Money

Want to start boosting your savings rate? Here are some resources to check out:

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Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: E8E1_How_to_Save_More_as_a_Family_and_Still_Have_Fun.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

Today we’re wrapping up the season with how to overcome setbacks and plan for your best year! 

Financial Wins, Overcoming Setbacks, and Planning for Your Best Year

How has this year been treating you? To be honest, things have been a real roller coaster. 

We've made several trips this year to visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing homes, or just to check in on them. 

We've also had a dear friend lose her battle with cancer this past week (hence the delay on the finale). 

I appreciate having this option because I know years ago when we were in debt, this wouldn't have seemed possible. 

It's made me more determined to continue helping families be in a better spot with their money so they can have more options like stepping back.

I hate when money is a source of stress when you have bigger things to think about.

With that in mind, today’s show is focused on how to do a year-end review.

In this episode, we’ll get into:

  • Our progress on our goals for the year and doing a year end revie
  • What to do when you have a set back with finances
  • Why families need to simplify and enjoy

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Having Your Best Year with Finances

Want to learn more? Here are some resources to check out:

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


Today we’re going over to figure out the best money goals for you and how to tackle them together!

Tackling Your Big Money Goals

It's December, can you believe it?

What are your plans for this month?

Last weekend we went up to visit family and friends in Virginia. We had a wonderful time, but we're a bit drained seeing so many people at once. This weekend we're relaxing.

Now that we took care of the last bit of stuff for health insurance and investments that my husband's employer needed for next year, we should have time to chat a bit more on what we want to do overall.

Typically we both have ideas on what we like to knock out and usually, we end up with 2 or 3 big goals for the year. Last year we focused on the basement renovation (1st phase done!), family trips (2 bigger and several weekend trips), and paying more towards the mortgage (upped our monthly mortgage payments).

Proud of what we did and we'd like to build on that momentum. And based on the emails and messages I got it looks like you're thinking the same thing. So today we're going over how to reach your money goals together.

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Why people fail with their goals
  • Choosing the right goal for you
  • Setting up a system that makes it easy for you to knock out your goal

You’re ready? Let’s go!

Resources to Knocking Out Your Money Goals Together

Want to learn more? Here are some resources to check out:

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S7E14_How_to_Win_With_Your_Money_Goals_Together.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:48am EDT

Today we’re answering your marriage and money questions - how to earn extra money on the side, figuring out your retirement number, and how to make the most of year-end bonus!

Marriage and Money Mailbag: Extra Income, Your Retirement Number, and More

It's that time again - our community mailbag! 

It's a chance for me to answer your burning money questions. with the year wrapping up have some good ones today. 

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • How to make extra money when you don’t have time for a second job
  • How to make your bonus go far
  • Figuring out how much you two need to retire

Let’s get started!

Resources to Win with Your Money

Want to go ahead and tackle your big marriage and money goals? Here are the resources we mentioned in today's episode along with some extras!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


You’ve probably heard how giving not only benefits the recipients but the giver. However, what do you do when you’re in debt? Learn how you can pay off debt and give more to the causes that matter most to you!

Giving While in Debt?

When people ask this, two things jump out at me.

First, they have a generous spirit. That’s fantastic.

Second, their current budget isn’t working for them. That's something that needs to be adjusted.

What if I told you there’s a way you can take care of the essentials, make progress on paying off your debts, and still give?

Today Certified Financial Educational Instructor and The Money Speakeasy founder Wilson Muscadin is here to discuss how.

In this episode we get into:

  • Why we struggle with money
  • A counter-intuitive way to think about how you budget
  • How giving can help be wiser with your money

Let’s get started!

Resources to Give Back More

If you're looking to create a budget that reflects your values while still taking care of the essentials, here are some resources to check out.

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: S7E12_Should_You_Give_While_in_Debt.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:56am EDT

Part of protecting your finances means managing your accounts, both online and offline. Today we’ll share how you can arm yourself against fraud and scams!

Keeping an Eye Out for Scams and Fraud

With so many people shopping in stores and online, scammers are all too happy to grab your data and financial information.

While there’s nothing you can do to completely eliminate these scams, there ways you can protect yourselves. 

Joe Mecca from Coastal Federal Credit Union is back to wrap up this two-parter.

In this episode we get into:

  • Big offline scams and online phishing to watch out for
  • Protecting yourself with strong passwords
  • Apps and resources to protect you and your finances

We have a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

Resources to Protect Your Identity and Finances

If you’ve had your wallet or purse stolen or lost, here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

For freezing your accounts or putting an alert you need to contact the credit bureaus.

  • Equifax: 1-888-766-0008
  • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
  • TransUnion: 1-800-680-72892

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


Protect yourself from identity theft and minimize damage with this handy guide on what to do when your wallet or purse is stolen! 

My Wallet was Stolen, Now What?

If you’re subscribed to the community newsletter you may remember that in July I mentioned that my purse got stolen in Denver.

We were over in Colorado to celebrate my cousin getting married. Beautiful weekend and celebration, but yeah that was a sour note for sure.

We spent a good chunk of time on the phone and online to get things squared away.

As we were working to avoid getting hit with any unauthorized charges and sort out things with TSA since our flight back was only a few days away, I wished I had a handy and quick guide on what I needed to do.

I hope you never have your wallet or purse stolen, but if you do I want to make things easier.

That’s why I have Joe Mecca from Coastal Credit Union on. Here’s joining me today to discuss on what you need to know to protect yourself against identity theft and what steps you need to take to recover or replace what was stolen.

I want to help to minimize the damage and stress so you can get back to your routine and focus on the important things.

Resources to Protect Your Identity and Finances

If you've had your wallet or purse stolen or lost, here are some resources we mentioned in the episode as well as some other handy articles to check out:

For freezing your accounts or putting an alert you need to contact the credit bureaus.

  • Equifax: 1-888-766-0008
  • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
  • TransUnion: 1-800-680-72892.

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 


How much do we need to save for a baby? How do we handle medical expenses and finances with a disability? We answer your biggest marriage and money questions! 

Marriage and Money Q&As

Welcome to another edition of our community mailbag show!

This is where we take a break from our regular episodes which usually deal with one topic and instead tackle several of your marriage and money questions in smaller bites.

Today we have Phillip and Julia Olson as well as Brynee Conroy here on the podcast to help answer them

In this episode we get into:

  • How to handle the costs of having a baby
  • Dealing with disabilities and finances
  • What to do when the traditional advice does not apply

Let’s dive in!

Resources Mentioned

Want to dig in some more? Here are some of the resources we mentioned in our episode plus more!

Thank you so much for listening to the podcast!

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Tired of getting hit with fees from your bank? Today we’re going to see how you can find the best place to stash your cash to save and earn more money!

Best Banks for Your Money

All this month we’ve been talking about big decisions you need to make about health insurance and investing that will have an impact not only on your finances next year, but beyond.

These are things you should care about for sure, but I want to cover pretty much a crucial decision you don’t want to ignore - your bank accounts.

Where and how you bank can either help you reach your financial goals faster if you got a great banking partner or it can hinder you and drain your wallet if you have a dud.

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • why / where/ and how you bank matters
  • 3 alternatives to the big banks that can save and make you more money
  • How to easily set up and automate your money

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Get the Most Out of Your Bank Accounts

Are you two ready to master your joint accounts? Do you want to create a system that fits your priorities and styles?

Here are some resources to check out:

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

 

Direct download: How_to_Find_Your_Best_Banking_Options_and_Move_Your_Money.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

Smart Retirement Moves for Your 401(k)

Last week we look at retirement planning from a high level - figuring out a ballpark of what you’d like your retirement to look like as well as how it fits in with what you’re doing now.

This week we’re focused on a very specific part - figuring out what to invest in when there are plenty of options.

Since I’m not a financial planner and I have no idea of your very specific finances, this episode will cover the process.

In this episode we’ll get into:

  • Prioritizing your investments
  • Look at whether index funds are really a smart move
  • Optimizing your 401(k) 

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Rock Your Retirement

Ready to invest for retirement? Here are some fantastic resources to set things up and help you plan for your retirement together.

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.

Direct download: Smart_Retirement_Moves_Maximizing_Your_401k_with_Index_Funds.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Feel like you have a full plate and not enough time (or money!) to plan for retirement? Learn step by step how you two can rock retirement and still have fun now! 

Real Retirement Planning for Real Life

Gotta love analytics. You all that data floating about.

Once a week I look over things including what people searching when they discover Couple Money. And you know what I found?
Believe or not, I noticed pretty much every day people discover my site with some variation of this one question.

How much do we need to retire?

It’s a big question for sure, but I don’t think it’s the right question.
At least not to start with.

As you probably discovered with that first question I asked, retirement can be completely different things to everyone.

And sometimes you two can have differing opinions.

So how do you figure what you need to do? You have to look at it at two different angles. Of course, there’s the technical part with the specific investments in your portfolio.

But you before you do that you need a game plan. One that is robust and at the same time, can adjust as your life changes.

Which is why I brought the Retirement Answer Man himself - Roger Whitney!

Not only is he is a Certified Financial Planner who’s worked for over 25 years and he’s the author of Rock Retirement.

His mission is to shift people’s mindset from investing in a portfolio to investing in what they love.

Because this is a huge deal, we’re having a two-parter.

In this episode we’re discussing:

  • The problem with traditional retirement planning and calculators
  • Striking that balance between taking care of things down the line while still loving your life now
  • How to rethink and plan your retirement as a couple

Let’s jump right in!

Resources to Rock Your Retirement

Ready to prepare for retirement while ill having some fun now? Here are some fantastic resources to set things up and help you plan for your retirement together.

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Direct download: How_to_Rock_Your_Retirement_with_Roger_Whitney.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:24am EDT

Trying to sort through all the health insurance plans HR has given you? Find out how you can choose an affordable health insurance plan that covers your family's needs! 

Affordable Health Insurance for You

Health insurance is a huge expense.

Last year when we reviewed the health plan options, we found out that premiums were going up. again.

No surprise there, but the amount did catch us off guard.

If we were to stay with the 'basic' family plan we had, our monthly premiums would be almost the same as our mortgage payment!

That seemed ridiculous.

If you're in the same boat - looking for an affordable health insurance plan that will cover your family's needs, save this episode.

Michael Dinich is back to help decipher and decode health plans so you two will be armed to make the best choice for you and your situation.

In this episode we discuss:

  • exactly how copays, coinsurance, deductibles, and more work so you know what coming out of your pocket and what's covered
  • compare how typical base plans work versus high deductible health plans
  • the ins and outs of health savings accounts

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Save Money on Healthcare

Are you looking for more help with keeping health care within your budget? Here are some resources:

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Direct download: S7E5_Finding_the_Right_Health_Insurance_Plans_for_Your_Family.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:15am EDT

We open up the community mailbag again and answer your biggest marriage and money questions. Today we're discussing how to build your credit and raise your score, winning your spouse over with finances, and how to do a money date! 

Raise Your Credit Score, Money Dates, and More

Today’s episode is kind of brought by..... you.

Yep, it's community mailbag again and this time we have quite a varied plate on our hands!

I appreciate you sending your questions in.

In this episode we get into:

  • The biggest myths and bad advice about credit score
  • How to work together on tackling money
  • How money dates work for us

If you’d like your question to be a part of the next mailbag, send it here moneyqa@couplemoney.com

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Build Your Credit and More

Here are some resources we shared on today's show to build your credit, become a team with finances, going on a money date, plus more. 

We’re going to discuss the ins and outs of merging finances and personalities in our private Facebook group over at Thriving Families. It’s free and fun – please join us!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


Are you two frustrated because you're financial opposites? Learn strategies and conversation starters so you can get on the same page and win with money! 

When Financial Opposites Attract

Money fights are an incredible source of stress with marriage when left unchecked.

it doesn't have to be that way.

There are couples who have achieved huge goals - like paying off massive amounts of debts, buying their dream home, or travel together by harness the advantages of their differences.

The key is learning how to work together even when they are financial opposites.

I usually don’t do two guests, but I wanted to show how 1 - there are certain principles that can help every couple and 2 - there are times when you have to carve your own path.

Her Money Matters author Jen Hemphill and Zeta CEO and founder Aditi Shekar join the show today.

In this episode we get into:

  • Creating your goals and money take
  • Finding a budget you’re both on board with
  • How to deal with tricky situations - like lending money to family - without straining your marriage or money

Think you’ll hear a lot of familiar stuff and get some new ideas with this episode. Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Combine Your Finances

Here are some resources to dive deep into how you two can work together as a team with your finances. 

We’re going to discuss the ins and outs of merging finances and personalities in our private Facebook group over at Thriving Families. It’s free and fun - please join us!

Zeta: Helping Couples Master Their Money Together

So happy Aditi could join us on this episode. If you two are looking for a customizable solution with your finances, please check out Zeta.

Zeta helps you stay on top of your finances together by helping you understand where your money is going. Track all of your accounts in one easy to use spot.

Stay on the same page about money! Drop memos on specific transactions, add monthly notes to remember what happened, or split spending as needed. Go to Zeta to get more info!

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


Want your kids to leave the house money savvy? Learn easy techniques and ways on how to teach your children how to save and invest like a pro!

Teaching Kids to Save and Invest

Do you remember how you handled money growing up?

I can’t recall when I got my allowance, but I remember being in second or third grade going around the neighborhood collecting bottles and cans to recycle and earn some extra money.

And as grateful as I am for learning what I did, from how I mismanaged money later on and got into debt in college, I can see there were some gaps in my financial knowledge.

My husband and I both want our girls to know the value of a hard-earned dollar and how to use it wisely.

That won’t happen by accident. It’s going to take a plan.

If you two want to help your little ones, make sure you save this episode.

Bill Dwight, creator of the amazing family banking app famZoo is here today on the show.

Besides being a tech whiz, he’s a father of five who’s had plenty of experience with the ups and downs of raising kids to become adults.

In this episode we get into:

  • When to start introducing finances
  • Getting your kids comfortable with saving and investing
  • Why your kids need to get a loan from you

I think we’ll have plenty of comments on this one. :)  Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Teach Your Kids about Money

If you're looking for ideas and resources to prepare your kids to be money-savvy, here are some to check out!

We’re going to discuss this in our private Facebook group over at Thriving Families. It’s free and fun.

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Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


Dream of quitting your job, but worried about your finances? Learn how one couple saved 70% of their income, quit their jobs, and pursued their dreams of financial freedom!

Quitting $250K Jobs to Travel the Country Together

September is here which means this week we're nailing down what we like to do before 2018 closes out.

How about you? What goal or two do you want to knock out these next few months? There’s still time to do something big.

Today Alison and Matt from Owen Your Future are here to break down how they’re pursuing financial freedom on the road after they quit their jobs.

Whether you want to pivot your career, travel more, or just want to have some more options in your life, there are some wonderful strategies and tactics you can use.

 Let’s see if we can get you a few steps closer to your big goal. Hope you enjoy!

 

Resources to Get on the Path to Financial Freedom

If you two are ready to make some real progress on your big goals, here are helpful resources to check out.

Connect with the Owens 

Matt and Alli Owen saved 70% of their incomes for 4 years and are now enjoying a "mini-retirement" traveling the Americas in their self-converted bright red Sprinter van, Clifford.

While they haven't yet reached their "FI" number, they chose to leave their jobs early with the confidence that they will make up the rest with the skills they acquired through pursuing FI.

It is their hope to help more people to get out of debt and maximize their savings so that they can pursue their own version of financial freedom. Download this checklist to follow the exact process they used to ramp up their savings in 10 minutes a week or less!

Support the Podcast

Thank you so much for listening! 

I appreciate your help. Let's make talking about marriage and money fun! 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere 

 


Today I'm opening up the community mailbag and answering your biggest marriage and money questions!

How do you maximize your paychecks while still making sure you don't owe the IRS come tax time?

How do you tackle multiple goals and make real progress on them? 

Marriage and Money Mailbag

We're here - the summer of savings finale!

It's been an incredible and fun six weeks. I hope you got inspired with ways you can save money while still having a good time now.

And I thought the best way to wrap things up is to chat with you and answering marriage and money questions.
In this episode we go over:

  • maximize your paychecks
  • knocking out several goals
  • best money tools for busy couples

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Help You Tackle Marriage and Money

Want to jump in and get your finances squared away? Here are some cool tools and resources to make mastering your money easier!

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere.


School's out - what are you up to? Today we're talking about frugal and fun summer activities for your kids and for you!

Fun and Frugal Summer Activities for Kids

Summer break is here and so far, it's been a blast.

As school was finishing up with my little one we headed over to Denver.

My cousin's wedding was beautiful. We took the girls to the park to play and relax.
Got to go downtown, explore.
Eat.
We tried some local brews.
Thanks to my mom, we had some extra date nights.

the next week was a bit more low key at home, but still fun.
with a couple of weeks left before our oldest goes back to school, we're mixing things up so it'll be a memorable summer and won't break our budget.

if you're in the same boat, I have some good news.

Today we have two guests to give some ideas. Aja from Principles of Increase and Paul Vassey of Cash Crunch Games are here to help make things easier.

In this episode, we get into:

  • how to find enriching and frugal activities around town
  • giving your kids skills and knowledge to handle money like a pro
  • getting out for date night for just the two of you

Hope you enjoy!

Helpful Resources on Kids and Money

If you’re trying to figure out a system that can work for your family, here are a few resources to check out:

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

 

Direct download: Frugal_and_Fun_Summer_Activities_for_Families.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

While it may seem doctors have it easy with their healthy incomes, the reality is much more down to earth as many are also dealing with massive amounts of debt. Learn how to balance dumping debt, saving, and having some fun now! 

 

Financial Residency with Allison and Curtis 

A few years ago when we were like trying to dig out of debt I thought they would be so much easier if we had a healthy income. And yes having a certain amount does make a big difference but that's only part of the equation.

That's why I bought Ryan here to co-host. He's not only familiar with the technical stuff as a financial planner over at Physician Wealth Services, he has practical knowledge and real-life experience as a husband to a physician. 

Today he's talking to Dr. Allison Webster, an ER physician, and her husband Curtis, creator of Dads Married to Doctors. They're going to discuss:

  • the financial challenges (and massive amounts of debt) that come with becoming a physician
  • working through their difference when it comes to handling money
  • whether or not you can retire when you're dealing with a massive amount of debt

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Dump Debt and Save Together

Want to make talking about money less stressful? Are you ready to tackle that massive amount of debt? Here are some resources to make it easier to stay on top of your money! 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: The_Finances_of_Being_a_Doctor.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 7:53am EDT

The Debt Free Story Behind Popcorn Finance

One of the first things I ask when you join the community is to share what goal you're tackling. By far, the two biggest goals are dumping debt and having some savings for emergencies.

And that makes sense, seeing as the average household that has credit card debt, has a balance of just under $16,000. The average American under 35 has about $1500 in savings.

That can be a real burden on a marriage. But you two can get out of your financial rut and start making real progress.

My buddy Chris, creator and host of Popcorn Finance is on the show to share his story.

We get into:

  • how Chris and his wife 'K' got into debt
  • the system they use to budget and knock out their debts
  • what's his favorite money app

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Get on the Same Page with Your Finances

Want to make talking about money less stressful? Here are some fantastic resources to motivate and nudge you to debt freedom faster!

Handy Tools to Save More Money

Here are a few of my favorite tools that make saving money much easier!

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

 

Direct download: Working_Together_to_Dump_Debt_and_Save.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

Does your food bill blow your budget? Today you'll learn how to master meal planning to save you a ton of time and money! 

How to Save with Meal Planning

One of the biggest bills couples have - especially busy ones - is their food.

Between eating out and buying food for the family, there doesn't seem to be enough money to cover everything. 

We discussed saving money when eating out a few episodes ago. Now we're looking at the other side -mastering your groceries and meals at home.

I asked my buddy Jen Smith to come on board. She's the creator of Saving with Spunk and the author of the new book Meal Planning on a Budget.

In this episode we discuss:

  • how meal planning doesn't mean leftover every night
  • the magic of slow cookers
  • how seasonal and sales eating is lower your bills and be better health wise

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Save Money While Eating Well

Want to cut your spending on food without sacrificing quality? Here are some resources to check out.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: Meal_Planning_on_a_Budget.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:06am EDT

Do you two have several dreams you want to achieve, but not making any real progress? Today I'll share how you can save for your big goals together! 

 

How to Save for Your Biggest Goals

Today we're going to tackle the three biggest hurdles to saving and achieving your goals:

  • Getting your spouse on board with saving
  • Getting on the same page with your goals
  • Finding money to save

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Define Your Priorities and Big Goals

Whether it’s a joint or personal goal, there are handy resources available to help you two achieve your dreams.

Handy Tools to Save More Money

Here are a few of my favorite tools that make saving money much easier!

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: How_to_Save_For_Your_Big_Dreams_Together.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Looking to kick things up a notch? Learn how you can have fun this summer and still save some serious money! 

Summer Saving Fun

I'm so ready for summer!

The tricky part of summer, especially if you have little ones, is making sure you don't go broke while still having fun.

So to wrap up this season, I challenged myself. Today I'm going to share how you can save a grand this summer!

We're going to look at 4 areas and show you 5 ways to save. 
  • Getting the Best Deals
  • Boost Your Savings 
  • Frugal Foodie
  • Vacations/Getaways

Hope you enjoy! 

Getting the Best Deals 

If you're out shopping make sure you're getting the best deals! Some of my favorite apps and sites are:

  • iBotta
  • Camel, Camel, Camel
  • Honey
  • Paribus

Your family's smartphone plan shouldn't cost you a fortune. There are some fantastic deals out there. I use Republic Wireless and love them. They have an incredible line of phones. I have two lines with them and pay less than $50/month! 

You may also want to look at providers like Ting, Freedom Pop, and StraightTalk. 

When shopping online, hold off on those impulse buys you may be able to score a better deal by leaving before the purchase. I had a site send me an email afterward with a cheaper price. You may also want to switch to incognito mode. 

Boost Your Savings

If you're looking to ramp up savings here are some great apps and services to try out. 

They can help you track your money quickly and easily. 

You also want to make sure you're keeping a visual reminder of what you're saving towards. It can keep you motivated when you're in the middle of things. 

And of course, automate your savings. It's not doing you any good until it's stashed away. 

Frugal Foodie

I've been writing for Couple Money for almost nine years and I will tell you that one of the biggest budget busters that couples have is eating out. Break this cycle by:

  • Plan Your Meals for This Week
  • Prep a Meal Ahead
  • Have Go-to Meals
  • Think Global with Your Dishes
  • Have a Potluck

Vacations/Getaways

Summer is a fantastic time to get out of town and explore someplace new. Using sites and apps like Skyscanner and CheapOair can make your money go further next trip! 

  • Be Flexible
  • Learn How To Bid
  • Stay Like a Local
  • Budget for your Trip

 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Want to help your kid graduate college debt free? Learn the strategy and tactics one mom used to snag her son $700,000 in scholarships! 

The Scholarship Shark

College is expensive.

I don't think that's news to you, but did you know that graduates in the class of 2017 are on average carrying student loan debt of just over $39,400?
And that the student loan delinquency rate of 11.2%?

If you're a parent, you're probably worried about how that can affect your child's financial future.

You need to hunt down as many scholarships as you can.

That's why I'm grateful Pam Andrews is here on the show. She's not only the College Admissions Coach and Scholarship Strategist behind The Scholarship Shark, she's a mom.

A mom who managed to help her son snag $700,000 in scholarships.

Yep.

So if you are interested in helping you kid minimize or skip those student loans, you'll want to really pay attention to this episode.

Today Pam and I discuss:

  • how they worked together to find which schools to apply to
  • the strategy of getting scholarships
  • out of the box ways to make college affordable

Hope you enjoy!

Tips on Paying for College

If you two are looking to help your kid skip out on student loans, here are some resources to help you save up.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Do you two have a couple of dreams you'd love to get started on but right now the money isn't working? Today we're going to discuss how to pursue your dreams without going broke!

Working Together to Pursue Your Dreams

Real life isn't that smooth.
There are a dozen and more ways things can go sideways with the business. If you're married, you have to work as a team.

Today Alex Grodnik from Wall Street Oasis' podcast Moving Up and founder of Payclub is here to share his story and offer from tips from the trenches. His career has a had a few shifts. He and his wife are working together to a find a flow that allows them to pursue their dreams, pay their bills, and prepare for the arrival of their daughter this summer.

In this episode we discuss:

  • why he choose to get an MBA and the unexpected pivot he made
  • how they went to from living off two incomes to one
  • the real truth and finances of being a startup entrepreneur

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Help You Launch a Side Hustle

If you’re ready to make the leap, here are some more resources to help you build another income stream.

 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E26_How_to_Pursue_Your_Dreams_without_Going_Broke.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

Want to become debt free, but you haven't figured out how to do it together? Here's what you need to know to knock out your debt faster! 

Debt Free Together

I've yet to meet a couple who became debt free by accident.
I mean it's kind of easy to slip into credit card debt or take on loans because that's considered normal.

But to move away from that mentality takes effort.
And being a couple, you have two minds to shift.

There are things to consider together.
Like your approach.
Do you gravitate towards earning more money to knock out that debt or do you find it easier to slash your expenses?
How fast do you do it?
How do you two work as a team and use your personal talents to knock this debt off?

Every couple has their approach, so what worked for us might not work for you.
Which is why I love chatting with others and hearing how they did it.

John Wedding, the creator of Mighty Bargain Hunter, is on the show today to offer his take. He and his wife are debt free except the house.

In this episode, we get into:

  • how things shift from being solo to a couple
  • why debt free was an important goal to them
  • how they work as a family to be smart with their money

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Dump Your Debt Faster

Tired of being in debt? Here are some resources to help you dump it.

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Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E25_How_to_Become_Debt_Free_Together.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

Want to stop living paycheck to paycheck, but not sure where to start? Learn how to create a budget together so you can have fun now and some savings later! 

Create a Budget You Both Love

How do you feel about your budget?

Be honest.

Chances are you're not exactly thrilled about it.

A survey conducted by Experian found that nearly half – 42% to be exact – don’t use one because they feel like they're ineffective and unnecessary.

So how do you create a budget that you both love?
 
Peter Polson from Tiller, one of the coolest money apps out there, is joining me today to offer some fantastic suggestions and ideas.

In this episode we'll discuss:

  • how a budget can fit into your life and grow with you through your marriage
  • how to fit your personal hobbies into your budget
  • why there is no one size fits all budget

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Budget Together

Do you two want to get on the same page with budgets? Here are some helpful resources mentioned in the episode and more.

Budget Templates to Try Out

Thank You to Our Partners

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Direct download: S6E24_How_to_Create_a_Budget_That_You_Love.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 2:52pm EDT

Today on the podcast we're going to be talking about the connection between your hobbies and having a rich life!

Do Your Hobbies Move You Closer to Financial Independence?

So today's topic - this connection between the hobbies you have and whether or not you're having a rich life -  is fascinating to me. It's kind of a continuation of this past Tuesday's episode where we were talking about breaking the switch with mindless spending. 

there focus there was making sure we were breaking that habit of unconsciously spending more and turning that into something more productive. 

One way is through hobbies we take on. However, are there certain hobbies that can make a real difference with getting to financial independence faster and having a rich and fulfilling life? 

In this episode, we'll get into:

  • different hobbies between high earning and low earning households
  • how your hobbies can help you on the path to financial independence
  • aligning your hobbies to a richer life

Hope you enjoy! 

Financial Independence and Hobbies

If you want to explore and pick up some new hobbies, here are some resources to check out:

Thank You to Our Partners

Support for this podcast comes from partners like Personal Capital. Easy to set up & easy to use. You can have all your investments, income, and expenses all pulled into one place.

Easy to set up & easy to use. You can have all your investments, income, and expenses all pulled into one place.

Did I mention it’s free? Why don’t you give Personal Capital a try today?

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. I also want to thank Lee Rosevere for music in this episode.

 

 

 

Direct download: S6E23_The_Secret_to_a_Rich_Life_Your_Hobbies.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 12:06pm EDT

Do you feel like you've hit a wall with your money? Learn how to find your financial blindspots and break the mindless spending twitch!

How to Break the Mindless Spending Cycle

We all do it.

It might be small amounts every day perhaps driving by to grab coffee and breakfast on the way to work or going out for lunch with colleagues. It could be those Amazon deliveries that show up at our doors, tucked away from necessities that we ordered.

Some people call it the spending leaking, impulse buying, mindless spending. The label doesn't really matter - what does is understanding that we all have blind-spots. Little places in our finances where we know we're spending something, but we're not aware of just how much it is.

Inspired by the incredible site and story of Break the Twitch, I want to share some personal about how easy it was for us to slip into mindless spending and how we found a way to make sure they don't sabotage our finances.

In this episode we get into:

  • finding your financial blind spots
  • breaking the mindless spending twitch
  • developing habits that can enrich us and allow us to spend better

Hope you enjoy!

Resources for More Intentional Living

Are you ready to have your spending more aligned with what really matters to you? Here are some great resources to shift your mindset and create better habits!

Thank You to Our Partners

Support for this podcast comes from partners like Personal Capital. Easy to set up & easy to use. You can have all your investments, income, and expenses all pulled into one place.

Easy to set up & easy to use. You can have all your investments, income, and expenses all pulled into one place.

Did I mention it’s free? Why don’t you give Personal Capital a try today?

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. I also want to thank Lee Rosevere for music in this episode.

Direct download: S6E22_How_to_Break_the_Mindless_Spending_Twitch.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 12:25pm EDT

Want to be completely debt free, including your house? Find out the key changes one couple made to pay off their mortgage in less than 5 years! 

Pay Your Mortgage Off Faster

What would you do if you owed your home free and clear like Andy does now?

With no mortgage payment what options would open up?

There's a good chance you'd love to get rid of your mortgage, but the idea of getting rid of such a huge amount makes it seem impossible.
Forget paying it off in 5 years, you may struggle to even see a way to reduce it in half.

Right now median purchase price of a home here in the United States is $235,000, with 10% down. Now if you live in D.C. you're looking at $400,000 with my buddies in Cali close behind at around $350,000.

Not cheap. Probably the biggest purchase you'll make.

Which is why I asked my buddy and Marriage, Kids, and Money creator, Andy Hill, to come on. He's an awesome guy, really excited to get couples closer to their debt free goals. We both know that not everyone can replicate what Andy and his wife Nicole did - we all have different circumstances - but there's a lot to their process that could make all the difference with you and your home.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • why they were adamant about knocking out their mortgage so fast
  • steps that were crucial to paying off their mortgage
  • tools to help you be debt free faster

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Dump Your Mortgage Faster

If you’re looking to dig in deeper for ways to pay your mortgage off faster, here are some resources to check out:

And if you two are looking of more ideas on how to find, save, and make extra cash to pay down or debt or use for whatever gal you have, please sign up for my free 5 Days to $5K course. It's a week-long special email series that will help you get some extra money in.

Thank You to Our Partners

Support for this podcast comes from partners like Personal Capital. Easy to set up & easy to use. You can have all your investments, income, and expenses all pulled into one place.

Easy to set up & easy to use. You can have all your investments, income, and expenses all pulled into one place.

Did I mention it’s free? Why don’t you give Personal Capital a try today?

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. I also want to thank Lee Rosevere for music in this episode.

Direct download: S6E21_5_Key_Ways_to_Pay_Your_Mortgage_Off_Faster.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 11:48am EDT

With money fights being the main cause of divorce, many couples could use some financial therapy. Learn habits and techniques you can use to make money talks less stressful and more productive!

Is Financial Therapy Right for You? 

Money problems are usually symptoms of a much deeper issue. It can be within our relationship - how we communicate or it can an issue we ourselves have like anxiety or depression.

From our personal experience and hearing from other couples, it can be more common than you think.
And that matters because if you don't get to the root, it can keep popping up.
And in some cases cause damage.

Financial education is crucial, but sometimes you need to a specialist. I'm not a therapist, but I do know one and she's here to help.

Kine Corder is here on the podcast to cover some problems and bumps couples experience when dealing with money.

In this episode, we get into:

  • common issues couples have when they come to her for financial therapy
  • ways to communicate better so things are less stressful with your relationship and money
  • habits to help you two move forward

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Get on the Same Page with Money

Learning how to work as a team isn't automatic. Here are resources to give you the tools to stop fighting about money and win. 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Have you ever been frustrated with how long it was going to take to get out of debt? Learn how to handle setbacks, define your family's path, and knock out your goals together! 

Defining Your Family's Financial Success

Do you ever feel frustrated with how things are going? You read these awesome stories like This Couple Paid Off $72,000 in Debt in 22 Months or Couple shares how they wiped out $162K debt in less than 3 years.

You're thinking, 'wow we're working at a snail's pace'.
That can be discouraging.

I want to highlight a different story. 

Today Steve Goodwin from My Family on a Budget shares his family's more down to earth journey to becoming debt free.

In this episode we discuss:

  • how financial Peace University transformed their finances
  • Steve's big mistake with investing and how he fixed it
  • making the transition to being a stay at home dad

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Help You Get Out of Debt

Tired of being in debt? Here are some resources to help you dump it.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E19_Finding_Your_Own_Path_to_Financial_Success.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

How would your life change if you were debt free? No credit cards, car or student loan to worry about. Not even a mortgage.

Today one couple shares their journey and advice to a happy and debt free life!

Living Debt Free

Living debt free can seem like an impossible dream depending on where you're starting from. For some couples and families taking on debt seems to be just a normal thing you do.

But just because this is common and going on with your neighbors and friends even with yourself does it mean that that's the path you have to go on.

Mark and Milhila, the couple behind Money for Meaning, are here to share their journey and how they refocused their lives and are now live debt free. They wrote a guest post early this year about how they live on cash.

Yep, they have no mortgage. 

In this episode we get into:

  • why they wanted to get into this debt free lifestyle
  • how to build wealth as a side effect
  • how they figure where to spend and where to save

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Help You Get Out of Debt

Tired of being in debt? Here are some resources to help you dump it.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E18_Heres_What_You_Need_to_Know_to_Be_Debt_Free_and_Happy.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 2:17pm EDT

Frustrated with your credit card, car payments, and student loans? Learn how you two can come together to dump your debt faster and retire early! 

How You Can Retire Early

Let me ask you two questions. 
  • Where are you guys right now? 
  • Where do you want to be in five years? 
Does it seem like there is a huge gap between today and five years from now? 
 
If you would've told me five years ago we'd be out of debt (except for the mortgage) and be on our way towards financial independence I'd think you'd be a little crazy. Sure, I was optimistic, but it wouldn't feel possible with all that we were juggling at the time. 
 
But when you break down your goal into chunks and you work out a system which for us includes automating, you can see huge results.

The good news is that the skills you use to get out of debt are transferable. Instead of sending in those extra payments to your credit cards and student loans, you can direct to savings and investments.

Deacon Hayes, personal finance author and Well Kept Wallet founder, is on today and we're getting into how he and his wife Kim made this transition.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • how they managed to pay off $52,000 in debt in 18 months
  • the system they used to keep one another in the loop with money
  • planning and following through financial independence

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Dump Debt and Retire Early

If you’re looking to get ahead with your finances as a family, here are more resources to check out!

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E17_You_Can_Retire_Early_with_Deacon_Hayes.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Do you feel like you guys are kind of stuck with your finances? Have you hit a wall and don't know the next move? Today I'll share how you can find the best financial advisor for you! 

Finding the Right Financial Advisor

What do you think about when you hear financial advisor?

You may have been to one of those luncheons where you get some information about investing or maybe insurance but the financial advising piece really isn't there.

It's left a bad taste in your mouth and you're wondering if it's really a smart move to hand over money to someone to manage your money.

From personal experience, there are some great financial advisers out there, ones that are not only looking at what's in your portfolio but the real big picture. sometimes, though, it takes a little bit of effort upfront to find a just the right person for the job. 

Today Michael Kay is sharing his expertise along with some tips to make the process less stressful. He's a fee-only financial planner at Financial Life Focus

In this episode we get into: 

  • questions to ask your financial advisor (including the red flag to run!)
  • looking at your finances in a holistic way
  • finding the best advisor to build wealth

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Find the Right Financial Planner

Want some help with your money? Here are some resources to find the best advisor for your money. 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Do you feel like all of your paycheck plus some is going towards your bills and making no headway on your goals? Today we'll cover 5 ways you can get caught up and begin getting out from under your debts!

Struggling to Make Ends Meet?

I've been getting your emails and I want to say thank you. Sharing your wins and questions has been wonderful and I'm grateful that I can help in some small way.

I try to find positive stories and offer practical ways to save more, get out of debt, and start investing for your future, but we're all at different points in our financial journey.

Some of us are working paying off that debt ASAP while others are saving for their home, baby, or business. You might be working hard towards that dream of traveling together or exploring the possibility of financial independence.

Or you might just be starting your journey. perhaps you've heard some of the stories here or on other personal finance sites and you want to join in.

However, currently, you're in a really tight spot with money.

there's no wiggle room in your budget so it's hard to get ahead with your payments. you could be trying to just make the minimums. It's like you're a doctor dealing with multiple injured patients, trying to triage things with little equipment.

It's stressful and you feel like you're just dealing with one crisis after another.

Today I want to give you some relief.

The first step is getting caught up on your bills and begin creating a positive gap between what you're making and your expenses.

America's Money Answers Man - Jordan Goodman is on the show to share some ways you can get the ball rolling to becoming debt free.

In this episode we get into:

  • getting better rates credit cards and in some cases, settle them
  • how to get out from medical debt
  • what to do when you can't afford your car payments

Hope this helps!

Resources to Get Out from Under Debt

If you two are struggling to pay your bills, here are some handy resources to check out.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E15_What_to_Do_If_Youre_Struggling_to_Pay_Your_Bills.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

Are you a parent of a child with special needs? We share some of the essential conversations and resources that help you cope and succeed! 

Taking Financial Care of Your Child with Special Needs

Being a parent is an incredible gift and responsibility. Even though the most important things in life are free, I think we also know there are expenses with raising kids.

When you have a child with special needs, those expenses can skyrocket. It can be a challenge to keep things manageable, but it's not impossible.

Today we'll get into the essentials and conversation to have so you two can get started.

Since this is something I'm not qualified to speak on, I'm grateful that Michelle Gershfeld is here today.

Michelle is a certified financial counselor and attorney. Michelle also a mother who has had to work hard to make sure her daughter's special needs was taken care of.
So this isn't an academic exercise, it's something she understands well.

In this episode we discuss:

  • putting together a team to help make sure your child's needs are provided for
  • financial and legal considerations to keep in mind when planning
  • dealing with the unique financial scenarios that come up

Hope this helps! 

Resources

If you two are looking to speak with Michelle, you can reach out through her law firm

 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Have you ever felt stressed and limited with options because of an emergency that came up? 

Today we're going to share how you can prepare and protect yourselves from financial disasters!

Keys to Avoid Financial Disasters

While we can't predict every curve ball thrown at us, we can improve our chances of minimizing the damage done with a little bit of work upfront.

Shannon Harvey is here to offer up some ways you can be better prepared.

He has over 15 -years of experience as a Trusted Risk Advisor, and owns an insurance agency in Greenville, South Carolina.

In this episode we get into:

  • what financial disasters you need to be on the lookout for
  • why cheaper is not always better with insurance
  • how to prepare your family should the worst happen

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Avoid Financial Disasters

If you two want to be better prepared dealing with financial disasters and bumps in life, here are some resources to get you started.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Do you feel like your health care costs have exploded? Get the tips you need and learn how you can save money on your health insurance!

Working to Lower Healthcare Costs

I remember not too long ago, it used to be that the three biggest expenses we had were rent, food, and the car.

We then paid off the car loan early and now avoid loans on them. We worked hard and were grateful to get a good deal on our mortgage on this current house.

Food, well it's food. We're smarter about what we spend.

But there is one expense that has shot up since we got married and Im almost sure you have seen it explode as well - health insurance.

We actually had to switch out

Though we have had some wins dealing with insurance, Michael Dinich is here to offer his expertise. He's a financial Advisor who helps hardworking people get the retirement they deserve.

Part of that includes making sure they're getting good deals with health insurance.

In today's episode we get into:

  • the trend of shifting costs from the insurance companies to us
  • how to decide if those high deductible plans are really a good deal
  • getting the coverage you need at a more affordable price

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Save Money on Health Insurances Expenses.

If you two want to dig deeper into finding ways to save on your healthcare costs, here are some resources to check out.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

 

Direct download: S6E12_How_to_Save_Money_on_Health_Insurance_and_Expenses.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 4:24pm EDT

Want to make sure your loved ones are taken care of should something happen to you? Learn the essentials about wills and choosing a guardian for your kids! 
 

Essentials on Wills and Choosing Guardians

So this topic - creating your will and making sure you have your guardians in place if you have kids - is one of those areas of finances we tend to shy away from.
 
I get it.
 
It's boring at best and depressing. 
So today I want to give you the essentials to wills and choosing guardians for your kids without weighing you down.
 
Thankfully I'm not alone. Jean Dillion is here to help. She's a certified financial planner at Freedom Financial Counseling
and an Accredited Financial Counselor. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • the essentials of a will
  • choosing guardians to take care of your loved ones
  • whether or not those do it yourselves will online kits are worth it

Hope you enjoy!

Resources on Estate Planning

If you want more information about setting things up for your loved one, here are some posts to check out:

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E11_What_You_Need_to_Know_About_Wills_and_Guardians.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

Overwhelmed by paying down debt, saving for emergencies, and investing for retirement? Learn how to prioritize where your money should go to maximize returns!

How's this year going for you?

For us, it's pretty good. We made some big goals at the beginning of the year including saving up to finish our basement, planning a family trip outside the country, and paying down our mortgage faster.

If you're trying to tackle several goals at once, you probably understand how slow progress feels sometimes. 

Today financial advisor and Family Inc author Doug McCormick and I chat about how to prioritize your goals. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Define Your Priorities and Big Goals

Whether it’s a joint or personal goal, there are handy resources available to help you two achieve your dreams.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Want to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start moving towards financial independence? Learn the process the Frugalwoods took to retire early together! 

What are you two working towards, big picture wise? How often do you guys talk about it?

Talk can be cheap or it can be the start of an incredible journey. Four years ago a conversation Liz had with her husband Nate was a trigger to achieving their huge dream of becoming financially independent and retiring early.

Working as a Team to Retire Early Together

What would you do if you were retired right now? 

You might expect me to say you too can retire early with just a few easy steps. But the truth is it's much more complicated than that to break the cycle of consuming and working. It's going to take something very powerful a change in your mindset your finances and your lifestyle.

Today Liz, author of Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving financial Independence Through Simple Living, is here to share their journey and hopefully inspire you to examine where you can start setting that path up towards financial independence.

In this episode, we get into:

  • what moved Liz and Nate to go from dreaming about financial independence to making it a reality
  • how they build a sustainable and enjoyable frugal lifestyle
  • why do it yourself is not only good for your wallet but your marriage before their dream became a reality

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Retire Early & Money Hacks

If you two are looking at early retirement or to become financially independent, check out these resources.

 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here!

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Are you a foodie? Is eating out killing your budget? Learn insanely smart ways you two can eat well while slashing your food bills!

Slashing Your Food Bills

Since this America Saves Week, I thought that this would be a perfect time to tackle a typically huge expense - food. Whether it's groceries, lunch out at work, or going out as a family, this is something that can snowball quickly.

It's tricky because food at the essential level is a true need. Many of us go, though, beyond the essentials and if we truly evaluate how we're eating and spending, there's much room for improvement.

However, this is not an episode of roughing it or deprivation. I personally find food to be an awesome part of my social life and we enjoy eating.

Just like fad diets rarely lead to anything meaningful, seriously slashing and burning your groceries to their bare minimum can backfire.
I'd like to share a way to be balanced and to disprove this myth that clean eating and delicious meals are expensive.

Amy and Tim Rutherford, the couple behind Go with Less, are here to help out. They were big spenders and that included a lot of eating out and living it up.
Today we'll discuss:

  • what triggered them to change how they were spending
  • ways they're able to enjoy eating out and eating well without killing their budget
  • coming up with go-to meals that rock and don't require you to become a chef

these changes helped them to retire early so take what you can and try them out.
You could very well find yourselves having a good time and growing your bank accounts.

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Save Money While Eating Well

Want to cut your spending on food without sacrificing quality? Here are some resources to check out.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E8_How_to_Eat_Well_While_Slashing_Your_Food_Bills.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

Ready to merge finances? Find how you can master your bank accounts together and get the most out your hard earned money! 

Master Your Bank Accounts Together

How are things going with your money? Do you feel like the two of you have a strong handle on things?

When we were first married, it took some time for us to find our footing. Besides figuring how to manage money as a team, we had to move our money because the bank we were with gave us more hassle than help.

Fast forward now and we're much happier because we found a system and banking options that work for us.

Today we're looking at how you can master your bank accounts together and get the most bang for your buck!

Joe Mecca from Coastal Credit Union is here today to help out.

In this episode, we get into
  • how to find the best way to manage your money as a couple
  • stashing your cash in the best place possible
  • managing your money like a boss

Hope you enjoy!

Resources to Get the Most Out of Your Bank Accounts

Are you two ready to master your joint accounts? Do you want to create a system that fits your priorities and styles? Here are some resources to check out.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E7_How_to_Master_Your_Bank_Accounts_Together.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

Does it seem like you two keep having the same argument over and over? Do you feel like you're spinning your wheels with money? You're not alone.

Today we're going over how we form our money habits and how we can change them for the better to finally achieve your big goals together! 


Mindsets and Money Stories 

It's funny how unaware we can be about our money habits. When we first began talking about money, it was a real eye-opener and not just because of the numbers.

Here we were ready to spend our lives together and we realized that we had completely different views when it came to money. 

But digging into how we pick up those habits and figuring a way to work with what we have so to speak is somewhat tricky - which is why I'm really happy Jen Hemphill here.
She's an accredited financial coach and author of her new book, Her Money Matters: The Missing Truths From Traditional Money Advice.

It's a fantastic book and one aspect I really appreciated is how Jen dives into mindsets and money stories.

In this episode we discuss:

  • how your past can influence how you handle finances now - for better or worse
  • how to help your spouse to open up and understand their money mindset
  • a tip for getting them onboard

Hope you enjoy! 

Resources to Understand and Change Your Money Mindset 

If you two are looking to improve how you talk and work together with your finances (and lives), please check out these resources.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.


Do you want your wedding day to be beautiful, memorable, and meaningful without spending a ton of money or getting into debt? Learn how you can plan your dream wedding on a budget! 

How to Plan Your Dream Wedding on a Budget

Right now in the United States, the average wedding costs over $35,000!

Thankfully the Budget Savvy Bride, Jessica Bishop is here to help. In this episode we discuss:

  • defining your dream wedding
  • ways you can splurge and where you can save
  • a handy resource to help you plan your dream wedding without breaking your budget

Hope you enjoy!

If you want to hear from another bride who had a beautiful wedding on a small budget, listen to my interview with Jessi Fearon. she and her husband managed a sweet and special wedding for $500!

Resources to Plan a Fantastic Wedding

If you're getting married, please check out these resources so you can plan out your special day without going into debt.

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E5_How_to_Plan_Your_Dream_on_a_Budget.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Today we're answering your big marriage and money questions. We'll discuss lending money to family, getting the best deal on insurance, and seeing if those high deductible health insurance plans really save you money! 

 

This week we're doing a community mailbag show where I answer what's on your mind with marriage and money. In today's episode we cover quite a few things:

  • how to save money on insurance
  • finding out if those high deductible health plans are really good
  • whether or not you should love to family

Hope you enjoy! 

Thank you for sending these in. 

 

Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money Course

Want to give your marriage and bank account a boost? Pick up Jumpstart Your Marriage and Money course.

Jumpstart focuses on the big wins including earning more. Get LIFETIME access to a four-week course design to help you:

  • Stop fighting about money and create a budget that you BOTH LOVE
  • Automate your money
  • Pay off your debt faster
    Plus more!

You can get lifetime access here. 

Music Credit

Like the music in this episode? Our theme song is by Gentle Regime. Additional music by Lee Rosevere and Logan from Music for Makers in this episode.

Direct download: S6E4_Answering_Your_Big_Marriage_and_Money_Questions_Part_1.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 8:26am EDT