Posts in category "Personal Finance"

Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached: Don't Follow Government Example When Handling Your Money

Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached: Don't Follow Government Example When Handling Your Money
Congress permanently extended the Bush income tax cuts at $400,000 and below, kept the estate tax threshold at $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year. The frustrating part about the past couple years is Congress inability to get things done in a timely manner…keeping those on top of their money game waiting for... Read more »

Life Insurance Awareness Month: Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro’s Story Makes Him 2012 Spokesperson

Life Insurance Awareness Month: Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro’s Story Makes Him 2012 Spokesperson
Why devote a month to life insurance awareness?  As a single father raising kids in Chicago, I've got big plans ahead in my life.  As someone who has dedicated the past 12 years to learning how to win the money game, how I view life insurance has changed since I paid $20 per month for $200,000 of Serviceman's Group Life Insurance (SGLI) while serving in the US Marines...

Life Insurance Movement: Over 58 Million Households Lacking Most Important Protection

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According to research from the Life Foundation, over 58 million households lack one of the most important types of insurance you can have – LIFE INSURANCE. Especially during tough financial times, one of the first things that get eliminated from a monthly budget are items that are viewed as “expenses”. One of my buddies, personal... Read more »
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Tips for Parents on How to Get Help Paying for College

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How much will you need to help your kid through college by the time they graduate high school?  During this summer, I've been asked quite frequently from friends and attendees to our workshops on how to plan for college, especially in tough times.  It prompted me to dig into my video archives for a segment I did on WGN Morning News of getting cash for college...

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 »

Matt Sapaula on WCIU's You and Me This Morning Talking Tax Tips and Networking

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Last Minute Tax Tips and Business Mixer in Oakbrook

Bringing in some last minute tax tips w/Jeanne!
If you haven’t done so already, here’s some last minute tax tips I shared this morning on WCIU’s “You and Me This Morning Show” to help you file your income tax return before Tax Day on April 16th, 2012! 1. File an Extension if You Need More Time - Form 4868 Provides for 6-month extension... Read more »

Personal Finance in a Changing Economy: Don't Be a Fool

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Do you know one of the greatest manuals I use to help gain insight into making Money Smart decisions?  When it comes to managing money, discerning on what opportunities to take advantage of and people to surround myself with, there is no greater book to help me than the book of Proverbs...

Getting in Top Financial Fitness

Getting in Top Financial Fitness
Podcast Powered By Podbean PODCAST from “Outside the Ring with David Diaz“ Are you still backed up on the ropes, fighting for your financial life?  Has this battle with money got you worn out?  Well, it’s time to shake it all off, turn it around and get in top financial fitness.  ON YOUR FEET! What... Read more »
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Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
Just like most people are headed to the gyms at the beginning of the New Year’s resolution wanting to hire a personal trainer to get them in the best physical shape, some are wondering how they can get in the best financial shape as well. The same way you are frustrated with diet and exercise,... Read more »