Personal Finance


Personal Finance // July 21, 2014 Credit cards. Bank statements. Rent. Mortgage. Car payment. College loans. Heck, even nights in (someone still has to pay for those fancy ingredients and that wine you love, right?!)With all this money being thrown around it sure would be nice to find a simple way to manage it all.  Don’t worry, that smartphone in your pocket provides you with more than just an easy…
Identity Theft // November 19, 2012 A woman I work with was recently apartment-hunting and couldn’t figure out why the landlords weren’t returning her calls. Luckily one of them finally hit her up and told her why her application was denied. Now I didn’t hear their conversation myself, but I’m assuming it was due to the 10 pages of unauthorized accounts I saw her print out; none of which she…
July 16, 2012Recently I was at a women’s networking event and I overheard a few women say how glad they were to have switched their 401k investments to cash because they couldn’t bear to lose any more money due to the recent market volatility. These women were still in their 30′s or 40’s, with retirement a good 20 years plus away. Unfortunately for these ladies, having long term retirement money…
May 21, 2012 So you just graduated! Yay! You have your cap and gown...and a mountain of student loan debt!! Wait. OK, so there is more to this whole graduating thing than you expected. But you can simplify your loans and pay them off more rapidly. Here’s how: Consolidate your loans for simplicity – You may not get a lower interest rate but you will get the convenience of having just one…
May 7, 2012 You have worked hard to establish a great career--no small feat during an economic recession--and now you are ready to put your money to work for you. But where to begin? Should you hire a financial broker, or become an independent investor? Play it safe with bonds, or play the stock market?  Before you resort to stuffing cash under a mattress, take these five steps toward investing…straight…
April 9, 2012We all see them. The graphic images on Pinterest and Facebook like this one. Food porn. They lure you in and trick you into thinking you really can squeeze a gourmet lunch or breakfast everyday into your budget. But when was the last time you actually calculated the cost of your breakfast?  I calculated the cost of mine the other day just out of curiosity and was pleasantly…
March 26, 2012 Do some financial strategies and terms just seem like a complete mystery to you?  Do you feel that if someone just explained it in layman’s terms you would be able to understand the foreign language of finances better?  Well, good news, I am going to crack one of the financial mysteries to help you when it comes to investing for your future financial goals. This is the rule…
March 26, 2012 You go to work, spend your money how you see fit, and live your life each day never thinking about how all that came to be. Not so long ago, women in this country couldn’t enjoy the financial freedom we take for granted today. The story of women and money is an interesting one and it is only when you take a look at the big picture that…
February 3, 2012Have you been struggling with your finances lately? Come on, be honest… Are you ready to make a change in your personal financial situation in 2012? Well, the good news is you are not alone. If you are like most people, one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your finances in order and finally take control of your financial life.  And we applaud you. As a…
January 30, 2012 Net worth- What is it and how do we increase it?  Simply stated, net worth is the amount your assets exceed your liabilities. Do you make more than you spend? Women in general tend to shy away from knowing what their net worth is because (1) They think they don’t have enough assets to have a net worth (2) They have no idea what goes in the net…
September 26, 2011 You have worked hard to establish a great career--no small feat during an economic recession--and now you are ready to put your money to work for you. But where to begin? Should you hire a financial broker, or become an independent investor? Play it safe with bonds, or play the stock market?  Before you resort to stuffing cash under a mattress, take these five steps toward investing…straight…
September 12, 2011 Here's an unfortunate fact in a Made Woman’s life: we can't have everything we want right this minute. Sure, we have confidence, sex appeal and talent, but when it comes to the purse, most of us have limits. Part of being successful means knowing how to manage finances and set a budget. Ah, managing a budget.... Sounds completely dull and slightly daunting, but it's simple if you…
August 15, 2011 Cash a little tight? Gearing up for a large purchase? Or are you simply planning for a better financial future? (Get 'em Made Woman!) Whatever your motivation, these are our top resources that will help you get your money right in no time: Women and MoneyEven the most financially savvy ladies in my book club took something away from this one. In Suze Orman's signature no-nonsense manner,…