• Planning

    4 Ways To Protect Yourself Following The Equifax Security Breach

    The personal information of 143 million people was compromised by hackers at Equifax (the credit rating agency). Unfortunately, consumers are only just now finding out that their data may be for sale somewhere on the Dark Web. Take action now to protect yourself! In this video I will go over 4 steps you can take today to help protect your credit.  Since there are a lot of links to remember here is the summary: Go to www.equifaxsecurity2017.com click on enroll and then begin enrollment to see if you are affected. If you're married don't forget to check your maiden name as well. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com - this is the only…

  • Lauren Zangardi Haynes
    Budgeting,  Cash flow

    Maximize Your Salary: How to handle the question every job seeker hates!

    There's one question all job seekers hate- "what is your current salary?" If you are interviewing for a new job I have some good news - in some areas of the U.S. this question is illegal. Unfortunately, a lot of job seekers are still going to have to deal with this tricky question.  This question really bothers me and as a Certified Financial Planner Professional I want to help my clients not only grow the money they have already saved but maximize what may be their largest asset - their earning power!  With that in mind, I spoke with two of my friends who are truly HR rockstars having built…

  • Cash flow,  Employee Benefits,  Investing

    Hidden 401(k) Loan Risks to Your Career and Finances

    Getting hit with a cash crunch is stressful. What should you do if you need quick access to cash? For many of us who have been working and saving in our 401(k)s, that pot of money can be very tempting. Let’s be honest - 401(k) loans can be relatively cheap and easy to get. They’re kind of like the fast food version of loans. And just like fast food, 401(k) loans can seem like a good idea at first, but they can quickly lead to heartburn.   What you really need to know: there are some serious risks involved with tapping a 401(k).   There are two major risks you…

  • Uncategorized

    3 Ways Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Can Save Time!

    Guest Post from Stephen Reh of Reh Wealth Advisors! I would like to thank Lauren Zangardi Haynes, CIMA, CFP® for inviting me to write an article this month. Lauren and I were discussing challenges facing entrepreneurs and small business owners and ways to overcome those challenges. Entrepreneurs often cringe at the thought of expense reports, income statements, balance sheets and taxes. While these documents are critical to securing financing for future growth, entrepreneurs are looking for the least painful ways to provide good data to their banks and tax preparers. With the rare exception of some accountants, their passion often lies in other areas and to be perfectly honest, the…

  • Employee Benefits

    Do you have kids? Do you have an FSA?

    Holy cow, medical expenses can eat you alive when you have kids! A lot of people feel nervous about using the flexible spending account that their employer offers. I love flexible spending accounts as a way to save for your ongoing medical expenses with pre-tax dollars. They work really well if you have certain medical expenses you always need - such as contact lenses or a monthly prescription. Or if you have kids who always seem to need random medical care...While these aren't designed as long-term savings vehicles some employers do allow you to roll-over a small amount of money from one plan year to the next. Read your benefit…

  • Budgeting,  Cash flow

    5 Ways to Save More Money!

    I get it, having kids is not exactly conducive to saving money. In fact, if you aren’t careful, you can spend an unlimited amount on your kid’s 2nd birthday party thanks to Pinterest. Forget saving for college! Today I’m going to share with you 5 ways I save money, despite having kids. You can start using these ideas today to get a handle on your money. Tip #1 to Save More Money: One card to rule them all We use just one of our credit cards and we put as much of our spending as possible on it. Then we pay it off every month. Generally, there are only a…

  • Kids and Money

    Should Your Kid Earn an Allowance?

    Parents want to know, should my kid earn an allowance by completing chores? A lot of us were raised that way but it may not be the best choice. Check out this quick video for my thoughts on giving an allowance and tying it to chores plus teaching your kids about money.  I think giving an allowance is a great way to teach kids about money. Yet parents don't always use this tool as well as they could. Want to learn more about giving your kids an allowance? Read Is It Time To Give Your Kid An Allowance? for more tips on how to teach your kid to manage money.Not quite…

  • College,  Planning,  Savings

    Is there a college savings rule of thumb?

    Let’s talk college savings. Just when you thought you were starting to get a handle on saving for retirement/your post-career phase now, we have to add college savings into the mix. As if you needed another thing to worry about! Let’s go ahead and ask the hard question. Are you on track with your college savings? No clue? You’re not alone. Most people have no idea. With crazy high inflation and large cost differentials between schools, it can be hard to know if you are in a good place when it comes to your college savings, or if you need to “kick it up a notch.” With that in mind,…

  • Investing

    How To Rebalance Your Portfolio

    No, I’m not talking about rebalancing your chakras, I’m talking about your investments. You know, your 401(k) and that IRA you have stashed in a filing cabinet. With the U.S. stock markets reaching all-time highs throughout the Spring in 2017 if rebalancing isn’t on your mind perhaps it ought to be. Rebalancing sounds simple in theory but in practice can actually be quite complicated. In this post we will look at the what, why and when of rebalancing your portfolio. What Is Rebalancing? Let’s start with the question you may be wondering but don’t want to ask – what is rebalancing? I’m so glad you asked! Words on Wealth is…

  • Budgeting,  Cash flow

    A budget you can stick with: the Anti-Budget

    Look, we all know that budgeting does not evoke happy feelings in most people. For most people the word “budget” is a cue to stop listening. But what if I told you that budgeting could be pretty easy? That you don’t need to count every penny? Today we are going to talk about the “anti-budget”, what it is, and how to do it. The Anti-Budget: Budgeting Made Easy OK, here’s a little secret. I don’t count every penny every month. Frankly, that sounds stressful. I don’t freak out if I have extra money in my gas budget but run low on my food budget. You don’t have to know your…