Tackling Holiday Credit Card Debt

Not-So-Merry Credit Card Balances

Holiday-induced credit card debt is a growing problem in America. According to NerdWallet’s 2017 Consumer Holiday Shopping Report, more Americans find themselves in debt because of holiday purchases. If tackling credit card debt — especially with bloated balances due to holiday spending sprees — there’s hope. As a Daily Money Manager, I work with many clients in reducing debt and creating a more stable financial life. Ready to get started?

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Celebrate Your 2017 Personal Finance Accomplishments

Looking Back to Move Forward

Now that the holiday decorations are packed up for the season, many of my clients are looking at their 2018 financial goals. A great place to start is to look back to your personal finance accomplishments from 2017. It does two things. First, it allows you to celebrate your financial wins and acknowledge the hard work that went into achieving your goals. Second, it calibrates your mindset into what and how you’ll work towards a new set of financial goals.

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2018 New Year’s Financial Resolutions

Ringing In the New Year

We’re just days away from ringing in the new year! It’s that time of year for resolutions… get in shape, tackle a cluttered garage, eat better, etc. In my work as a Daily Money Manager, I hear all sorts of Financial New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some of my favorites as well as practical advice on how to achieve them.

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Communal Retirement Living… No Love Beads Required

Communal Retirement LivingFor many of us, communal living conjures up images of the sixties… complete with fringed jackets and love beads. With memories of the economic meltdown during The Great Recession (2007 to 2012), many of us wonder if we’ll have the financial cushion needed to retire comfortably. Some of my clients are exploring their housing options as they age. Communal retirement living may just be the answer to that financial question.

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Saving Energy this Winter

Daylight Savings Time is officially behind us and we’re gearing up for chillier (and hopefully rainy) weather. With our moderate climate in the Bay Area, it’s common that my clients get used to lower-than-average utility bills through the summer and early fall. If your heating bills skyrocket during the winter, let’s explore ways to save.

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Smart Shopping During the Holidaze

Can you believe it’s November already?! Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday are just around the corner.

For those on a budget or have limited time for the daze of holiday shopping, here are a few financial tips to give you more cookie dough in your wallet and remain on Santa’s nice list.

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Home Insurance, Disaster Protection & Annual Reviews

The fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties are a sad reminder of how quickly disaster can strike. If you’re a homeowner and haven’t looked at your insurance policy lately, now is the time. It’s time to get reacquainted with what’s covered, what’s not, and how to balance the cost and benefits.

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Equifax Breach & Protecting Yourself

Between Equifax and the Yahoo breaches, millions of Americans and billions of accounts were exposed. Rather than rant and rave about how security violations happen, I’d like to focus on how to take control. Given the laws of probability, we all experience some kind of fraud or exposure. Many of the tips shared below I’ve done, or we’ve helped clients straighten out the messes caused by fraudulent activity.

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Your Parents’ Estate: Sorting, Sifting, Shedding Stuff

A Lifetime of Memories & Accumulation

Pink Flora Tea Set: Sorting your Parents' EstateAs a follow-up to my Estate Planning: Fairness & Entitlemania article, I wanted to touch upon what happens to our parent’s earthly belongings once they pass. This topic hits particularly close to home since I lost my father last year. The process of going through a loved one’s stuff is hard. Beyond the emotions of sorting through a lifetime’s worth of memories, there’s the reality of how to dispose of the “stuff.” Here’s what I learned in my journey.

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Marrying Over 50: Money Tips Before Getting Hitched

Love Is Ageless, Not Necessarily Priceless

On Top of the Wedding Cake: Money Tips to Marrying Over 50Over 2 million Americans get married every year. And many of those newlyweds have a few grey hairs ;). According to Pew Research, divorce rates have climbed for those 50+. It’s becoming so common with Baby Boomers, there’s a new term for it… “grey divorce.” Before you say “I do” or “I don’t,” let’s explore the myths and money tips for those of us who are more “seasoned.”

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