The New Changes for 529 Plans: Roth IRA Contributions & Potentially Funding Your Child’s Retirement

The 529 College Savings Plan is a state-sponsored savings strategy designed to encourage saving for future education costs. You can contribute to any state-sponsored plan and it may be advantageous to do so due to other plans lower fees and investment choices. The...

A Spending (AKA Budgeting) Plan That Actually Works In Real Life

How do you feel when you hear the word budget? Most people we speak with physically recoil, admit they hate it and don’t want to do it, and have other adverse reactions. This makes sense as most often what comes to mind is restriction, not being able to do what you...

🥳10 Financial New Year Resolutions for 2024 (And 2023 Financial Reflections)🥳

Happy 2024🥳! It’s that time of year again to dedicate some of your valuable time to both reflect on your finances in 2023 and set intentions with the momentum that the fresh start of a new year can bring for 2024. It’s important to set goals in all areas of your life,...

How to pick the right health insurance plan (HSA versus PPO)

What are your options for health insurance? Whether it’s time for open enrollment via your employer, you’re starting a new job, or buying your own policy, picking the right health insurance plan for your needs is a decision that has many financial implications. It’s...

Why Turkey and Taxes Go Together: Year-End Tax Planning Opportunities

The days are getting shorter, but your to-do list around the holidays is probably getting longer. While it can be a crazy (and magical) time of the year, it is also the most crucial time to plan for your 2023 tax filing. Why? Because there are a lot of decisions and...

Harvesting Savings: 6 Financial Moves To Make This Fall Season

Head into spooky season by making sure you “leaf” your financial stress behind. As the end of the year approaches, it’s important to plan for the most expensive time in most Americans' lives. Between back-to-school shopping, holiday preparations, and all the pumpkin...

Romance + taxes = marriage penalty? Is there a financial penalty when getting married?

Here comes the bride…and more taxes and negative financial impacts?! Maybe. As unromantic as this may sound, marriage at its base level is the single most serious business contract you will ever engage in that has both legal and tax implications. There are a lot of...

How To Be A Loser… (AKA Why Trying To Time The Market Is A Loser’s Game)

Have you heard stories from a friend about how they made some big bucks by buying a stock at the right time? Or how someone saved their ass by getting out of the stock market before a big drop? Have you ever read an article or seen a TV title like “10 Hottest Stocks...

The Differences Between Hourly and Flat Fee Financial Planning

One of the many reasons I launched Empowering Finance was to challenge all of the industry norms that I was told were the only way to “make it/be successful” in the wild world of finance. One of these industry norms is how a majority of RIA (registered investment...

How to chat to your kids about money and finances (and set them up for financial success!)

If you think back to your childhood, can you remember the lessons, feelings, and beliefs you learned about money and finances? What is your first memory of money? Is it positive or negative? Did your parents struggle with money and did you know that? Was the topic of...

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