Vacation & Money Management

Las-VegasSchools out and Summer is here! Many of my clients are planning their vacations. Concerns about how they’ll manage their bills and overall money management concerns often arise. Before you pack that suitcase, here are a few things you can do to make your next vacation a financial-worry-free zone.

What’s the Difference between a Daily Money Manager & Fiduciary?

MoneyAs a daily money manager I get that question a lot. Both provide important financial-related services to their clients. Both have professional distinctions. Both hold positions of trust. So what’s the difference? I’ll happily explain the differences as well as the circumstances when we work together.

Banishing Paper Clutter Forever

bookkeepingI know that’s a bold statement. Yet, I believe you can really banish paper clutter forever… if you follow a few simple principles.

Knowing that I help clients who struggle with paper — bills, important documents, and the like — a good friend recommended this book to me: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. “Life changing… you’ve got to be kidding me? is what I was secretly thinking.” Then I read it. And I know it’s possible.

Personal Financial Management Tips for Surviving Holidays

As a Daily Money Manager, I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about credit card debt and personal finance management during the holiday season. With the flurry of sales and other Black Friday specials, it can be all too easy to get caught up in a holiday spending spree.

Organizing Papers for Year End

We’re officially 52 days until the end of the year. With the holidays nearly upon us (actually some of my clients mark Halloween as the official start of the holiday season), it’s easy to let important paperwork slip. I’ve found that if you spend a little time before the end of the year organizing papers, it makes tax time easier and less stressful.

Choosing A Bill Paying Method to Match Your Financial Style

Now that managing one’s financial life online is mainstream — and heavily marketed by most financial institutions — many of my clients feel pressured to adopt electronic bill paying methods. Going against your natural financial management style is never a good idea.

Common Financial Goal: Paying Bills On Time & Easily

As a Daily Money Manager I routinely help my clients achieve a specific financial goal: pay bills on time and create a system that’s easy for them to manage. In previous posts, I’ve talked a lot about reducing paper clutter, the chaos that typically surrounds organizing one’s personal and professional financial life. If you’re just catching up and your desk holds a mound of unsorted and unfiled paper, I encourage you to read those posts about gaining control before proceeding to this step.

Financial Organization: A Weekly Habit

Probably the most important habit of financial organization is maintaining your in-flow and out-flow systems. If you know how to handle each financial related tasks and their accompanying paperwork or electronic version as they come in, then it can’t pile up to a level where you are overwhelmed or feel defeated.

Ebb & Flow of Financial Organization

By now you have a financial organization notebook, chronicling your goals and what gets in your way. You’ve also set up physical files to store your important financial paperwork. One area that my clients seem to trip up is in the managing the flow of “stuff” that come into their lives related their finances. For some, it’s actual bills that appear in their mailbox. For others, it’s the electronic notifications of bill payments and financial statements. Regardless if you prefer to handle paper or its virtual equivalent, here are a few financial organization tips that I’ve found to actually work.