What should my Financial Priorities Be?

Financial PrioritesDo you ever feel like you wish somebody else was the adult in your house and you could just be a kid again? Or just go back to school and have everybody tell you what to do? As much as we all wanted to get out on our own, make our own money, make our own decisions and be the shot-caller, sometimes we realize that it stinks to be the one in charge.

As we meet with clients and brainstorm with them about how to manage their finances there are times when we sense what they are really asking is, “will you just tell me what to do?”.

And sometimes it is as easy as that. And we give them our opinion and move on. But sometimes it not that easy. I remember a young couple who came to me years ago and they had 3 big ideas on their financial horizon and they wanted to know what I thought they should do. To which (with all my vast wisdom) I replied, “I dunno!” I wanted to say, “I can barely figure out my own life much less yours” but I didn’t cause I am the financial coach and I get paid to help them figure out their stuff.

 

Continue reading “What should my Financial Priorities Be?”

7 Financial Ideas for Weathering a Crisis- Intro

7 Financial ideas for a Crisis-cover fbCrisis come in all shapes and sizes.  As I write this, the whole world is experiencing the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We are all huddled at home watching the news trying to figure out when the government is going to give us the all clear.  In this particular crisis we are all struggling with the vulnerability of our health and our finances.

If you happen upon this article at a later time- the crisis you may be experiencing may not be as life altering as a pandemic, but a crisis is a crisis no matter the cause.

I assume that the reason that you are checking out this booklet is that you or someone you know is experiencing some kind of financial challenge.  The content contained here is very basic and is meant to be a quick reminder of how to manage your finances in a crisis.

Our ministry has coached hundreds of families through many difficult situations.  From sudden job loss, divorce, medical emergencies, transitions and the like. We find that there are few basic things that you need to be working through and evaluating.  That is the purpose and content of this study.  We want to help you work through 7 Financial Ideas for Weathering a Crisis.

We don’t know what kind of problem you are going through.  But we are sorry you are where you are, and we do hope that this exercise will be helpful.  If you would like to talk to a Freedom 5:one Financial Coach go to our website (www.freedom5one.com) and contact us.  We would love to help.

Click here to download this on our Financial Hotline.

You can still Pay for Christmas with Real Money

gifts“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for the credit card companies.  There is much jingle belling and hearts will be telling of credit galore.  It’s the happiest season for more.”  Ok, so I reworded the old classic Carole.  But someone needs to say it, “don’t spend more than you can afford on Christmas- this year.”  Reign it back in if you didn’t save well. Continue reading “You can still Pay for Christmas with Real Money”

How Much is Too Much House?

country-house-540796_640I wasn’t sure if he was going to have a nervous breakdown right there at my desk or not.  He kept saying over and over, “But they said that I could afford it.”  His wife looked at me with pleading eyes to comfort him as she went in the other room to tend to their children.  Finally, I mustered the courage to tell him what the numbers said.  As gently as I could, I told him, “Buddy, I don’t care what they told you.  Your housing expenses are a 42% of your income and the reason you are in my office today is YOU HAVE TOO MUCH HOUSE.”  He left shortly thereafter and I never saw him again.  He had gained the missing piece of the puzzle. Continue reading “How Much is Too Much House?”

Winning the Battle at the Grocery Store

family-2923690_640My (Tim) wife and I have been married for over 30 years.  And despite all her great strengths (which are many by the way) she struggles in the area of staying on budget in our household budget- or so it would seem.  A few years ago, she returned from the grocery store and I could tell as she walked in the house that she was overbudget yet again.  For 20 years we have had the same issue- she buys groceries, she overspends, I get frustrated, she feels bad, I look at that pretty girl who serves our family so faithfully and I overlook the overspending and we move on.  Until that fateful Saturday. Continue reading “Winning the Battle at the Grocery Store”

Do You Have a Wonderful-Life Financial Plan?

its a wonderful life COLORWe all grow up dreaming of a Wonderful Life. Family and friends who love us. Good job. Nice house. Plenty of food. Enough money to take care of our needs and even some of our wants. When I got married one of my friends was asked to give us some marriage advice. His advice was classic. “Tim, give Terri everything she wants.” He added, “and Terri, only want what you need.” I can still remember his wife catcalling from the background about his bad advice. But, behind his playful banter was a principle. And the principle is this; for a family to be successful the family has to be on the same page and have a plan. Particularly in the area of money. Nothing will challenge a marriage more than how to manage the family resources. Continue reading “Do You Have a Wonderful-Life Financial Plan?”

Generosity while Spring Cleaning

spring-cleaningThis is the year that I am going to clean out my garage.  No, really I am!  I say that every year and I piddle at it most of the time but this is the year that I am going to go for it.  I am getting rid of the extra stuff in my house.  I even have a box or two still unopened from when we moved in 13 years ago.  I wonder what’s in there?

So, what do spring cleaning and generosity have to do with one another?  What if you and I used our spring cleaning ritual to finally get rid of that extra stuff?  What if we emptied our homes of the things that we don’t really need?  What if instead of hoarding things, we gave them away?  What if we gave some of our furniture away before it was completely dilapidated?  Or did a hard sift in our burgeoning closets? In our community, there are countless families who would benefit greatly from extra clothes, decent furniture, kitchen appliances, and seldom used sporting equipment. Continue reading “Generosity while Spring Cleaning”

Are Students doing the Math on School Loans?

We see it every day. College graduates (some of them not so recent) saddled with the repayment of school loans that is quite frankly eating their lunch. It is becoming apparent to me that we are not doing a good enough job helping our students do the simple math of the loans. The simple math of how much to borrow and what is will actually cost you to repay the loans. Borrowing is the easy part, repayment is the bear. It is obvious that the lending institutions are expecting the student to figure out how much to borrow and the students still live in the la-la land of “someday they will be making it big and will have plenty of money to repay whatever loans they incur”. What is worse is that many parents are taking a cavalier attitude towards preparing their students to navigate the loan game. Seems that everyone these day put themselves through school walking up hills both ways in the snow with a full time job. Continue reading “Are Students doing the Math on School Loans?”