Friends and Money

Whether you know it or not, your friends influence you both personally and financially. Are your friends’ money habits helping or hurting you? When I was in a financial mess years ago, most of the people I hung out with were in the same boat: bouncing checks, visiting payday lenders, etc. It’s been said that I could guess your net …

Reason You're Not Rich, Christine Luken, Financial Lifeguard

The Number 1 Reason You’re Not Rich (Podcast)

Today’s episode is “The Number 1 Reason You’re Not Rich.”  Now I know what some of you are thinking.  “Being rich would be nice, but I’m just trying to get financially healthy.”  Stay tuned because what you will hear today, if you apply it, will improve your financial condition whatever it may currently be. As I’ve discussed in previous podcasts …

The Battle for Your Money Begins in the Mind (Podcast)

Today’s episode is “The Battle for Your Money Begins in the Mind.” We’re going to explore how the way you think about money influences your financial behavior and your ultimate success with money. I’ll share some surprising facts about how your brain processes information, including how to identify destructive thoughts and replace them with productive ones. Check Out Finance Podcasts …

Teachable Money Moments for Kids (Podcast)

In this episode, I’ll discuss how you can use everyday situations to teach your children about responsible money management in age appropriate ways.  You can educate your kids about budgeting, prices, and sales tax at the grocery store.  You can explain mortgages, interest rates, student loans and credit cards to your teenagers. Paying your children commissions for doing their chores …

Financial Resolutions Worth Making (Podcast)

In this episode, I talk about the financial resolutions that are worth making. I discuss how to set SMART goals that motivate you and your family. I talk about savings goals: a fully-funded emergency fund, saving for big purchases, saving for college and retirement. I also cover debt-dumping goals, income goals, and purely fun goals for 2015.  Click here to …