Posts in category "Debt"

Divorced Single Mom: 10 Confessions of a Shop-a-holic

Divorced Single Mom: 10 Confessions of a Shop-a-holic
Have you ever had the urge to buy something you KNOW you just don’t need? Then you look back and rethink what you have bought throughout the years and ask yourself, “Why did I need that?” One of the things I love about being a financial coach is hearing and learning through stories of how... Read more »

How a Debt Crisis Affects Your Retirement

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Have you wondered how the government’s poor stewardship of our taxes may affect your future income and financial stability in retirement?  What about the European debt crisis affecting us here in the United States? As if times today weren’t hard enough, this issue affects both young, old and everyone in between.  All need to be... Read more »

3 Things I Taught Marines About Money Over the 9/11 Weekend

3 Things I Taught Marines About Money Over the 9/11 Weekend
Like many of us, I recall exactly where I was at and what I was doing when the events of 9/11 hit America.  Since then, I’ve always wanted find a way to give back to the military especially during this time where it marks our generation with change, self-responsibility and renewed patriotism. This year, friends... Read more »
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Mistakes of Celebs and Athletes Going Broke: Lessons We Can Apply

Mistakes of Celebs and Athletes Going Broke: Lessons We Can Apply
Do you feel sorry for celebrities and athletes who get the fame, spotlight and money thrown at them…and eventually go broke?  Well, boo-hoo. During the Kyles Files segment on last night’s WGN TV 5pm news, Kyra Kyles unveils some celebs that you never thought would be in deep financial distress.  Namely, R. Kelly, Nicholas Cage... Read more »

What's Your Financial Backup Plan?

Saturday, May 21st came and went.  Sorry Mr. Camping, but we’re still here – another reprieve for the world, a disappointment for a small few.  So what happens now?  It has to be acknowledged that the human psyche will unfailingly attach emotions to an event or their goals with no thought for a Plan B.... Read more »

Taking Stock - My Personal Financial Awakening

I absolutely love birthdays, New Year’s, and Easter.  These days represent more than a holiday, but an opportunity to reflect on your life and ask some meaningful questions.  Aside from celebrating Easter this past weekend, this week represents a month long reflection of my turning a year shy of 40.  On these occasions, I always... Read more »
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Finding A Positive Peer group

Finding A Positive Peer group
We all know the effects of peer pressure.  Having to learn social dynamics on the playground was a rite of passage in my neighborhood.  What we learned then, in our hubris as adults, convinced ourselves that peer pressure no longer works on us. Wrong.   Paual Lazarsfeld is a sociologist from Columbia University.  He identified... Read more »

Government Credit Rating In Jeopardy

Yesterday, in an uprecedented use of Standard & Poor’s outlook on America’s fiscal health, degraded our government’s overall fiscal health from ‘stable’ to negative, suggesting that failure to address the federal deficit could severely and detrimentally impact the government’s credit rating.  Much like ignoring health symptomps indicating a cancerous anomaly, the ramifications of losing a triple-A... Read more »

Money Smart Tips for Young Professionals, College Grads and Beginning Investors [VLOG]

Money Smart Tips for Young Professionals, College Grads and Beginning Investors [VLOG]
Have you gotten confused into what your options are in handling your personal finances?  Should you payoff debt and credit cards before you start investing?  What type of investing and savings habit should you begin? I so thankful for your feedback on our Facebook and Twitter pages…I’m listening to what financial tips or ideas you... Read more »
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Mortgage Refinancing: In Rahm Emanuel We Need Not Entrust [VLOG]

Mortgage Refinancing: In Rahm Emanuel We Need Not Entrust [VLOG]
Ok, ok…congrats Rahm Emanuel for winning the Chicago mayoral election!  Nothing personal, but the economy of my own home and strategy to financial independence does not rely upon whether you raise taxes or facilitate making Chicago the greatest business city in America (although I think it already is). I sat down with friends of mine... Read more »