Pay Debt, Save for Retirement, or Both? (Video)

Here’s a question that I frequently get asked by my coaching clients: “Should I stop investing in my 401k while working to pay off my debt?”   In most cases, the answer is no. If someone’s budget is really tight, even after trimming non-essentials, then it may be wise to temporarily suspend 401k contributions. Here’s why I want you to keep …

The Benefits of Cosigning a Loan (Insert Sarcasm Here) Video

There are many “fun” benefits that you may reap when you cosign a loan for a friend or family member and put yourself on the hook for their debt.  There’s upwards of a 75% chance that you’ll get to pay the loan yourself. You’ll have the pleasure of dealing with bill collectors, liens, garnishments and bank attachments if you don’t …

No Shame in Asking (Video)

I have quite a few coaching clients who preface their question to me with phrases like the following: “I’m embarrassed that I don’t know this but…” “This is probably a dumb question, but…” “I know I should probably know the answer to this, but…” Here’s what I want to say both to you and my clients: There is NO shame …

Avoid Payday Lenders Like the Plague (Video)

Payday lenders position themselves as an alternative to an emergency fund. You’ll hear them say things like, “We can help you pay for car repairs, holiday shopping, or unexpected expenses.” This “help” comes at a very steep price: over 600% interest! [responsive_video type=’youtube’ hide_related=’1′ hide_logo=’1′ hide_controls=’0′ hide_title=’0′ hide_fullscreen=’0′ autoplay=’0′]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VdgP34-Xl0[/responsive_video] Here’s an actual example that I got from a well-known payday …