Q&A with Financial Experts

Leave It to the Pros: Q&A with Financial Expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Welcome back to the Leave it to the Pros series, where we ask the country’s top financial experts important questions about your personal finances. We’re up to round six, sitting down today with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. Co-founder of the free financial advice blog, AskTheMoneyCoach.com, Lynnette also heads up MyMoneyCircles.com, a free personal finance boot camp that launches this month.

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Get Your Finances in Order before the New Year

5 Things to Do with Your Money before the New Year

No, this is not another article about how to save money on gifts. There are already way too many people out there whose only “financial” thought right now is whether to buy their nephew an expensive new iPad or stick with a cheaper video game. And while that’s an important decision, there are also a number of personal financial loose ends that you should be taking care of before the end of the year.

Here are some ways to save (or at least not lose) your hard-earned money.

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How to Find a Great Financial Planner

6 Secrets to Choosing a Financial Planner

Every person in this country could use some financial planning help to make the smartest choices possible with their money. From my perspective as a wealth coach and Certified Financial Planner professional today, I wish that I had known a financial planner 25 years ago when I was starting out on my own. I would have made very different financial decisions along the way and would be in a much better place today if I had. Having been both a financial planner and financial planning client, I put together this list of the six secrets to choosing a financial planner.

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Financial and Mental Health: Is there a Connection?

Is there a Connection between Financial and Mental Health?

When you get yourself into debt, it affects more than your credit score and bank account balance. Financial woes can take a toll on your mental health and even trickle into physical ailments that affect your body and overall health. Learn about the connection between financial and mental health, as well as ways to help keep your financial woes from creating health problems for your body or your mind.

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How to Find Affordable Financial Advice

Where Can I Find Middle-Class Financial Advice?

“Failure to plan is planning to fail,” but many middle-class families struggle to get solid financial planning advice. The reason is that the financial planning profession is not well-suited to the needs of most middle-class families. Find out why it’s hard for non-wealthy people to get good financial advice and how to find a financial adviser to help you.

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Get Your Finances in Order this Spring

Spring Cleaning for Your Finances

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and the air has lost much of its chill. That’s right, spring is here. And with it that, the most joyous of chores – spring cleaning! Okay, maybe it’s not really that joyous, but there’s something nice about purging yourself of unwanted clutter and making things all neat and tidy. In fact, we’re so excited about spring cleaning that we’re expanding it from the house to cover your finances as well. Because if there’s one area of our lives that should not be messy and cluttered, it’s our finances!

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Money Lessons from the Government

Should You Manage Your Money Like the Government?

If you want to save money for specific goals, you might want to consider managing your money more like the government. One of the principles of government money management is the idea of “dedicated funds.” Certain government money has to be spent only on certain activities – health care, education, etc. – and these government programs are funded by specific types of taxes. How might this apply to you? You can take a cue from the government – and start taking better control of your finances – by setting up multiple savings accounts, each with a specific purpose. Find out more.

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