It’s a Money Thing: Pay Yourself First … Automatically

Like going to the gym or eating a healthy diet, saving money is one of those concepts that’s simple to grasp but weirdly challenging to put into practice. We understand its benefits. We agree that it’s essential to our wellbeing. We know that it’s something we should be doing. But paycheck after paycheck, it’s the same routine: after the bills have been paid and the regular expenses have been looked after, there just isn’t quite enough left over for our savings goals.

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Engagement Rings: Study Shows Spending Less Leads to Longer Marriages

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®     

I’ll never forget the night my husband Earl popped the question.

We were on a business trip and staying at a beautiful hotel in San Francisco. After a whirlwind day, we stood on the hotel balcony overlooking the city, talking about all we’d accomplished together. All of a sudden, Earl got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me, and asked me to be his wife. I immediately said yes. In my excitement, I didn’t realize that Earl proposed without giving me a ring.

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Three Tips to Make Open Enrollment Season a Breeze

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Open enrollment season is in full swing, and that means you have the next month or so to decide what to do about key benefits your employer provides. Some people dread open enrollment season, because they think they have to painstakingly pore over mounds of healthcare paperwork, and then spend days upon days trying to figure out what to do.

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When to Start Thinking About Life Insurance

Although you may find it difficult to think about purchasing life insurance when you’re young and healthy, you should consider it for two reasons: first, this will likely be the time when a policy is most affordable; and second, this will likely also be the time when your absence can have the greatest financial impact on your family. If you have dependents or provide your family’s sole financial support, a life insurance policy can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved ones will be taken care of if you’re unable to do so.
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HELOC Vs. Home Equity Loan: Which is Better?

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

As a homeowner, if you’ve build up equity in your property, and you need to tap that equity for any reason, you may be wondering: which is better—a HELOC or a home equity loan?

Both financial offerings give you a way to convert the equity in your home into usable cash, yet HELOCs and home equity loans differ in key ways.  Continue reading