Category: Money Management

The Illusion of Wealth

According to Merriam-Webster, illusion is defined as a misleading image presented to the vision or something that deceives or misleads intellectually. When it comes to money, many people are portraying an illusion. They are portraying an image that they have a lot of money and that everything is financially OK with them. You could never tell by […]

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Never Too Young To Learn

Most of us were never taught how to manage money. That is why so many of us have made so many mistakes when it comes to money. We spent more than we made. We never started saving. We abused and overused credit. We did not participate in an individual or employer sponsored retirement plans. And […]

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It’s Never Too Late To Change

Usually when I do financial education seminars or classes most of the attendees are over 40 years old unless the seminar is specifically for students and/or a young audience. I have nothing against the older attendees because the information I present is relevant for all age groups. However, I wish more young people would attend […]

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The Key to Success

There are several strategies to pay down and to pay off debt, to manage your money, and to save your money. There is “Debt Stacking”, “Snowballing”, “Envelope Method”, “Paying Yourself First”, and many more. All of these methods have successful accounts of people becoming debt free and/or financially free. However, I would dare to say […]

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How To Outsmart the Bank

We have all seen the offers with introductory rates or free trial periods. They are available for various products including credit cards, cable television and online shopping websites. Banks make offers to open a new credit card with a 0% introductory Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for one year. There are also offers to transfer the […]

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Where’s My Money?

The principles for borrowing money from someone you know are the same as the principles for borrowing money from a bank. You ask for a loan, they give you the money, and you pay them back – when you said you would. The person you know and the bank both hope it will go in […]

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Be Prepared for the Unexpected

One of the first things I advise my clients to do after setting up their budgets is to make sure they have an Emergency Fund. This is to make sure they are prepared for the unexpected such as car break downs, medical bills, appliance mishaps, etc. We can expect these things to happen whether we […]

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Personal Credit Matters for Your Small Business

One of the biggest weaknesses of Small Business Owners is poor money management. Running almost neck and neck with poor money management is the lack of financial education. Financial education is important for consumers and equally as important for Small Business Owners. Over the years I have met so many talented people. They have a […]

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$500 Today or a Penny Today…?

Often when I do Financial Education workshops, I will start off with an ice breaker to get the attendees engaged and thinking about the subject matter I am about to present. I enjoy using a particular ice breaker that has to do with choices. I put a slide from a PowerPoint presentation on the screen […]

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Avoid Embarrassment

One of the reasons bank customers with checking accounts are willing to pay an average of $33 every time they have an overdraft is because they want to avoid embarrassment. Of course, average means that some Overdraft Fees are higher (as much as $39) and some are lower (around $25). Either way, that is a […]

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