Tag: Financial Wellness

  • The Ultimate Guide to Setting Financial Goals

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Financial Goals

    Let’s face it – we millennials have unique financial challenges. From student loan debt to an ever-evolving job market, the pressure is real. It’s a lot. However, you can navigate these increasing challenges. Setting financial goals can be your financial North Star. Let’s explore how to establish your short-term and long-term financial goals and why…

  • How to Become Financially Independent: A Millennial’s Guide

    How to Become Financially Independent: A Millennial’s Guide

    Let’s talk about two compelling money concepts: financial independence and financial freedom. Millennials are redefining how we perceive money, and these terms signify more than just having plenty of cash in the bank. Defining Financial Independence So, what exactly is financial independence? It’s the point where your assets generate enough income to cover your living…

  • Get Ahead: Your Guide to Financial Planning

    Get Ahead: Your Guide to Financial Planning

    Want to eat all of the avocado toast and get all of your coffee out? Well, there is a way to afford it all. How? Financial Planning. Financial planning is like Apple Maps for your financial journey. It’s your road map to achieving your life goals, whether that’s buying a house, traveling the world, or…

  • Everything You Need To Know About Pay Yourself First Budgeting

    Everything You Need To Know About Pay Yourself First Budgeting

    Pay yourself first is a form of reverse budgeting, a financial management strategy recently(ish) gaining popularity. Unlike traditional budgeting, where you allocate a certain amount for each expense category, reverse budgeting starts with your income and encourages you to save a certain percentage while allowing you to spend the remaining amount freely. How Reverse Budgeting…

  • 26 Ways to Use Your FSA

    26 Ways to Use Your FSA

    What is a flexible spending account, or FSA? As the year winds down and open enrollment begins, it’s a great time to look at your flexible spending account. FSA stands for flexible spending account. It allows you to use pre-tax money (saving you on taxable income) for healthcare. You choose the amount you wish to…

  • Emergency Fun(d)

    Emergency Fun(d)

    What is an emergency fund? An emergency fund is a reserve of savings used expressly for unplanned expenses or financial distress. Whether medical bills or a car repair, an emergency fund is a cushion that absorbs those unexpected expenses. Ideally, an emergency fund will keep you from raiding your retirement savings or, worse, taking on…

  • Why You Should Use an Independent Financial Advisor

    Why You Should Use an Independent Financial Advisor

    There are a lot of financial advisors out there. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the United States has approximately 263,000 personal financial advisors. There are 3,330 St. Louis financial advisors, according to U.S. News. St. Louis has a lot of financial advisors and financial planners for a city of its size. For a St.…

  • Is It Better to Pay Down Debt or Invest?

    Is It Better to Pay Down Debt or Invest?

    One of the most common questions a financial advisor gets is paying off debt vs. investing. More specifically, is it better to pay down debt or invest? Should you delay retirement savings to pay down a mortgage or student loans? Should you pay off debt before starting an emergency fund?   The simple answer is that…

  • A Financial Wellness Guide for Millennials

    A Financial Wellness Guide for Millennials

    We often think of wellness in terms of physical or mental health. Paying lots of attention to them, we often spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to focus on them. To achieve a better quality of life, we focus on our mental and physical health. We rarely talk about money. It’s so…