What do you need to resurrect in your life? Take the time to resurrect thankfulness, giving, and hope. Remember to focus on what you have, not what you do not have. Wealth is not only about money but being surrounding by those you love, having time to enjoy what you love, and giving love away to others. He is risen indeed!!
As the season of love approaches, I am reminded that you should love yourself first. So what does that mean? Loving yourself is not selfishness but creating the best you to THRIVE in all you do – relationships, work, finances. When you pay yourself first by setting aside your savings, your retirement, or fun money; then, you are setting yourself up for success in the future. You are thriving to become all that you can be by setting aside funds for your future plans and goals.
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It is the end of another year but not the end of your budget…it’s time to review and update!!
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This month we are reminded to be thankful. Make a list of what you are thankful for, then go to that person and say thank you! Friends, family, the grocery clerk, your mail carrier or trash pickup, your boss and secretary, your kids and spouse! Lastly don’t forget yourself!! As we approach the end of the year, many forget to be thankful for how far they have come. I remind my clients that rewarding yourself at milestones are just as important as celebrating the end of the finish line, reaching that goal to be debt free or buying that new home. Small rewards may be that ice cream cone, a night to read your favorite book, or taking that bubble bath not a quick shower. They don’t have to costs money, but if they do you need to plan for them in your budget.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your reward!!
As Fall arrives, many begin thinking about holidays…Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years! I want to challenge you to have a holiday budget. Begin now and save for 13 months for next year! You may say I don’t need one, but can you tell me in the next 3 seconds how much you spent last year on Christmas presents for everyone? Ok some of you know about how much, $100 per kid or $500 on my credit card….but did you include the costs to drive to be with family or that vacation instead of presents? Many of us do not include all of the costs within our budget, mostly because we don’t think of it that way. When my son lived out of state, I asked them to save to come home for Christmas. He and his wife were planning to come in November and December, but after reviewing their budget and the costs for two trips within four weeks of each other…they chose to come only once and stay an extra two days in December! Enjoy your family time, enjoy the holidays, and don’t blow your budget!!
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I am thankful for the freedom found in the United States, and I am grateful to those who have given their lives so I could enjoy this freedom. You can also experience financial freedom…break the chains of debt and strife. Communicate with your spouse about money before either of you spend it, Set limits by categories, Budget for holidays and vacations, and lastly Enjoy your money…you earned it!
This month I want to remind you to say thank you to your Dad! This man is the one who taught you how to throw a ball, hugged you when you fell off your bike, walked his daughter down the aisle, or cried watching his son take his bride’s hand. Sometimes we give mother’s all the credit but without a father, there is no child to be carried for nine months. I say thank you DAD! For being the first gentleman to take me on a date, to show me how a lady should be respected and loved.
In June we also celebrate graduation and I applaud all of you who have fulfilled this accomplishment! For those high school graduates, this is a new and exciting time in your life. As an adult, it is time to take your place in society and give back, either through working full-time or becoming a roommate at college and pulling your share of the chores. Don’t allow immaturity to lead you to take things for granted…take initiative and be proactive. For those graduating college, you are beginning a new phase in life but you are not alone. You are stepping into a new phase of adulthood and your responsibilities are growing at an exponential rate. It can be overwhelming. We are here to financially coach you; call today for your free consultation. We are here to make cents4you.
We are celebrating new phases in life with you…whether it is motherhood or graduation. Creating a budget before stepping into a new a phase…just makes cents for you! A budget is not a static, one-time, one-size-fits-all solution. Your spending is different in March then in December, so should your budget be. You can begin with a basic monthly budget but you should always adjust for holidays, celebrations such as birthdays or anniversaries, and special occasions such as graduations or that 25 year class reunion. No matter where life takes you, tell your money where to go. Don’t allow it tell you!
When you buy Christmas presents this year, remember that it is not the price of a gift but the kindness and love behind the gift. Just as Jesus was given to us, a gift from Father God, to show us the road unto salvation. We celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to those we love. Keep in mind, that you do not have to break the bank to show your love. A low-cost gift with meaning shows more love and consideration then a negative bank account or a maxed out credit card.
Happy Birthday Jesus! My present to You this season is to wisely use the money and stewardship you have entrusted to me. You can do this also. Set a budget before you begin shopping, then stick to it. Whether it is to set an amount per person or a total amount to spend…aka $10/person or $100 total. You can also trade names so you are buying fewer gifts, or maybe you can choose to personally create your gifts. Either way you choose to celebrate, you and your family do not have to go into debt.