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Tracking Your Joint Expenses

Tracking Your Joint Expenses It’s hard enough keeping track of your own expenses. So you shouldn’t be surprised that managing money as a team effort can test your patience, especially if your partner has a different method of keeping financial records—or worse, no method at all. In some ways, it’s easier for you today than it was for your parents …

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Earning Extra Income

Earning Extra IncomeThinking about having a side hustle to earn extra spending money or help with your monthly expenses? When it comes to earning extra income, you’ve got options—and those options have options! In this Coach session, walk through the ins and outs of extra income, including expenses and tax implications.  To begin the Coach session, select Get Started. Next, …

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Mortgage Application Checklist

Mortgage Application Checklist One of the most tedious parts of home buying is gathering the right documentation, but prepping beforehand makes it that much easier. The documents required for a mortgage application can be categorized by type: Proof of Income/Employment, Proof of Assets, Credit History, and Residential History. These give potential lenders a glimpse into your situation so they see …

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Getting a Car

Getting a CarWhen looking for a new car, you have three main options: buy used, buy new, or lease. There are pros and cons to each method. Your choice will be based on various financial considerations, driving habits, and personal preference. Buying Used Buying a used car is appealing to many people. Used cars are less expensive up-front, and they …

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Back to School: How to Talk to Kids About Money

Back to School: How to Talk to Kids About Money It’s an excellent time to teach your kids about the basics of money and spending When we think of back to school, we think of what our kids will learn to set themselves up for success as adults. Among these is understanding finances and managing money. Parents may question the …

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Helping to bring Beauty 2 The Streetz

Giving Back To Our Communities We help Beauty 2 The Streetz Founder bring self-care To LA’s homeless with a surprise donation!  We made a surprise donation to the non-profit organization Beauty 2 the Streetz on The Rachael Ray Show today! Rachel Ray surprised Beauty 2 the Streetz founder Shirley Raines with a check for $10,000, courtesy of LA Financial Credit Union, …

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How to Build Credit

Building Credit How do you build credit? How it Works A good credit score has a major impact on your finances, so it’s important to start out strong. In this Coach session, learn how to build a credit score for the first time or boost an already decent score, and create a plan with options that work for you. To …

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Looking at Budgeting

Looking at Budgeting A practical budget can be a result of collaborative conversations you can have in your household as you plan how to manage your money. . Starting Points Your budget is your blueprint for keeping cash flow positive, and for sticking to your saving goals. Whether you’re single, supporting others, or have a partner, it’s essential to have …

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Early Withdrawals From Retirement Savings

Early Withdrawals From Retirement Savings Whether you find yourself laid off from work, facing a medical emergency, or confronted with a situation that you’re financially unprepared for, it may be tempting to withdraw from retirement savings—but there are penalties and consequences you need to consider before doing so. Early Withdrawal Penalties There are serious consequences to accessing your retirement funds …

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Health Insurance Options

Health Insurance Options Learning how to navigate health insurance could save your health and your bank account. Health insurance can help you pay for the medical expenses you and your family might encounter. In general, most health insurance plans cover the cost of doctor and hospital visits. Some also include dentist visits, physical therapy, and alternative care. Types of Insurance …