5 Things to Look For when Hiring a Financial Advisor or Financial Planner

Exhausted trying to find a financial professional you trust? You aren’t alone. Navigating through this complicated world of acronyms and titles seems daunting when all you want to find is someone to help you with your money! Today I will be covering the 5 things you want to look for when hiring an advisor. This will help narrow down your search and find the perfect person for you:

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How to Avoid Spending Guilt & Sleep Better at Night

I talk a lot about saving and a little about spending. But the truth is, I love spending! Shopping is one of my main hobbies, even if it is just browsing around trying to find the best deals. What is it about people who love to get a good deal? I think you’re born with that gene or you aren’t. However, I used to be in a place where spending was not fun, not enjoyable, and after I made a purchase, I would feel intense regret later or return it only to find myself back in the same position the next weekend.

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Should I Follow The Money?

We have all heard that life is not a popularity contest. But, when it comes to investing, it mine as well be. Popular companies attract demand, which attracts customers, which attracts money. Popularity, over the years, creates thriving, successful businesses. Popularity, for the moment, creates bubbles, and those can break. So, the rule of thumb in investing is deciphering whether that popularity will last or if it is short-lived. AKA in investing, you don’t want to look for fads, you want to look for sustainable companies. So, how do you tell the difference? Here’s how:

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My Birthday Ritual & My Money

Yesterday was my birthday, and every year I use it as a time to reflect and celebrate. Reflecting is something I have to force myself to do because I really dislike it. I like to go, go, go, and unless I schedule out time, I won’t reflect, i.e., change. Since doing this little birthday ritual of mine the past few years, I have found that finances have been drastically impacted, in a good way. So, what do I do?

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How to Live a Stress-Free Life (seriously)

I know a little somethin’, somethin’ about stress. I used to think that if I wasn’t stressed, I wasn’t getting something done. In fact, I embraced stress. In my mind, stress is a good thing that helps us evolve, grow, and catapult to another level. To an extent, I still feel that way today, but I know it is a lie because people busier, smarter, and more productive than me have proved me wrong.

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The Ideal Portfolio For You

If you have a 401k, a 403b, a Roth IRA, or a brokerage account, you my friend, are an investor. It may not seem like that especially if you have a financial advisor, an employer, or some other entity looking after your money. However, even if you have someone looking after your money, you still need to know a bit about investing. If not, you risk getting taken advantage of, losing your money, or worse, not understanding how much you may have! Don’t fear - it’s not hard to understand.

So, what is a portfolio?

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5 Hot Tech Stocks this Spring

Technology is one sector that despite market scares has not gone out of style. We know that everything is going digital and companies that aren’t up to date with technology may risk going out of business. So, what does this mean for investors? There is still growth in tech!

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Intuition vs. Fear with Money

We all worry about not having enough money. You may worry about not being able to retire, not being able to provide for your family, or not being able to take care of necessary expenses. It is a fear that has been built in or learned because we have experienced a time where we did not have enough money to cover our needs. This is logical. But have you ever experienced a time where you know you should have taken a financial jump and didn’t out of fear?

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Four Securities Everyone Should Know

What is a security? A security is a financial instrument that holds some type of monetary value. A little ambiguous? I think so too. Many people don’t think they are “investing” if they participate in their company’s 401k plan, have an IRA, or have a financial advisor. However, even if you aren’t “trading stocks” you are still investing! A few security types make up the bulk of investing such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and index funds. Today, we’re giving you a breakdown on what you need to know about these securities to stay informed. You don’t need to know the ins and outs of the stock market to start investing:

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10 Ways to Increase Your Net Worth This Month

Isn’t this the weirdest time of the year? February is over; we’re in March…not quite spring, not quite winter, and many of us are just “holding out” until summer. When there is nothing to do but stay cooped up inside, why not start a new venture, side hustle, or put away extra dollars? In fact, all of my ventures were started or concocted right around this time every year. Today I’m going to be giving you ten easy ways to increase your net worth this month and exactly how to do them:

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How I Consistently Pay Half Off For Clothes

I love clothes. I buy a lot of clothes, but I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes. The relative part of this sentence is “a lot of money” - so, what does that mean for me? That means that I don’t spend hundreds of dollars on clothes per month. For other people, that may be normal. For some, that may be an astronomical amount. I want to say before we get into this article that I primarily buy high quality, high dollar clothing. I buy this clothing for up to 50-70% off. I buy that clothing consistently at that price without it being on sale. So, how do I do it?

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Everything I Use to Run My Business

When I talk to my clients, they are amazed I do most of my “business stuff” by myself. They ask me if I write my articles, make my Pinterest pins, and meet with all of my clients. Yes, I do. It’s usually followed up with “I thought you had a bigger team” or “how do you get it all done?” Well, the answer is simple. I manage other systems that do the brunt of the work. I outsource, but I’m still in control. If you want to start a consulting business or if you’re curious about how I run mine, here are my secrets and systems:

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How to Buy a Car Like a Pro

How dreamy is a new car smell? There is truly nothing like it: leather seats, new carpet, a shiny new dashboard, and endless road trip possibilities. I love new cars, but I hate buying a new car, or any vehicle, in general. It always seems like you aren’t getting a good deal - even if you get one.

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3 Financial Items You NEED This New Year

Happy New Year! Doesn’t it feel great to be starting a new year? You can leave the old junk behind and start fresh. This New Year, instead of giving anything up, I want to give YOU 3 financial items to enhance your life. Ready to become financially stable this year?

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Bonus: Financial State of the Union 2018

What a whirlwind 2018 was financially and otherwise. Are the years starting to blend together? I can’t believe it is 2019. A lot has happened this year economically that may make a difference in the way you invest and think about money. Today, I’m going to be breaking down the top financial stories from 2018:

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Financial FOMO

Does scrolling through instagram give you anxiety? Does flipping through facebook make you feel less than? Does pinterest make you dream of a life you don’t have? Social media can be a fantastic place to give you inspiration but if you are not where you want to be it can leave you downright depressed.

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How Do I Automate My Bills?

Automating your bills is the key to keeping your financial life happy, healthy, and most importantly, debt-free. However, when it comes to automating, many don't know where to start or what it even means. Here are our 4 tips for automating your expenses:

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Do I Need Life Insurance?

Who loves paying insurance? No one. Who loves insurance when a disaster happens? Everyone. I rarely get asked about life insurance because let’s face it, no one likes to think about the time that it may come in handy. However, if you have dependents, life insurance is a must. Today I will be breaking down what life insurance is and if it is right for you:

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Last Minute Christmas Budget 🎄(+ free printable!)

Who waits until the last minute to do their Christmas shopping? 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ hint: I do! If you’re like me, your credit card will be as full as your stomach was on Thanksgiving. If you want to get serious with your Christmas budget, follow these 4 steps to avoid a holiday spending hangover:

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