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Rolling Into the Final Four in Scottsdale

Scottsdale has so much to offer no matter what your budget is. Want to go luxury? Stay in the summer when rates are a fraction of the price. Find out more tips on this podcast episode. We’re rolling into Scottsdale, Arizona for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four this coming weekend. If you haven’t been to Scottsdale yet, it should be added to your travel wish list. A few weeks ago we had a weekend getaway at a conference in Scottsdale at the beautiful Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. We loved this hotel so much we wanted to share it and all that is Scottsdale with you guys on Travel Tuesday.

Luxury On Any Budget

I first started coming to Scottsdale about ten years ago when I discovered that while I couldn’t afford to stay at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North in peak season, I could in the summer. In fact, their summer rates were below $200 – which if you know anything about luxury resorts – it’s a steal.

This is a great tip if you really want to stay somewhere luxurious but you don’t want to pay luxury prices. Check out when the off-season is and book a room then. You’ll often get a 25%+ discount on your room and skip all those crowds that come with high-season.

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4 Smart Money Tips For Your Tax Refund

What should you do with your tax refund? I've got 4 smart money tips to help rev up your finances this year. Are you waiting, patiently of course, for the mailman to deliver your tax return check? If so, I’ve got 4 smart money tips for your tax refund to help rev up your finances.

If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while you know that I’m a big fan of making sure you have a strong financial foundation. Things like making sure you have a robust emergency fund, setting up your debt payoff plan, and knowing your numbers each month.

If you haven’t taken care of these items yet, that that’s stop #1 for your tax refund. If you’re in good shape there, I’ve got 4 smart money tips that will hopefully have you thinking differently about your tax return.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • I’m dishing why funding you should be your jam for 2017
  • How you can supercharge your student loan payments (check out this calculator)
  • Why buying a car now makes sense
  • How to avoid those pesky variable interest rates if you have a mortgage

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Get Your Finances Organized in 3 Easy Steps

Here are some easy to follow tips to get your finances organized in 3 easy steps.

Tax time is here and that means it’s also a great time to get your finances organized. It’s so easy to procrastinate on getting your finances organized but all it takes is three easy steps to get it all together.

I’m not a super detailed person by nature so getting organized takes some effort on my part. While it might not seem like an activity that elicits fun, I know how important getting your finances organized can be in an emergency. Trust me.

I’ve worked with a lot of clients and seen a lot of bad situations where a little organization could’ve saved the day. But don’t wait until an emergency…take an afternoon and go through the checklist.

On This Podcast Episode

  • We’ll chat about the 3 easy steps you need to get to get organized
  • Understand why now is the best time to get your stuff together
  • How to set up you financial file
  • What questions you should be asking yourself about your finances

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Millennial Music Chat – Austin Lucas

Austin Lucas is one of those fiercely independent singer-songwriters that is always searching to connect with his loyal fan base.

Lucas has lived all over the world, toured many places, and instead of opting for LA, NY or even Nashville, he ended up moving back to his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, where he found his songwriting open up in ways in never expected.

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We featured Austin recently on an episode about crowdfunding his next album (remember Austin) but now it’s time to check out our full interview with singer-songwriter Austin Lucas as we chat about his mid-west mentality in his music, the state of country music, and his MMA training.

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What It Really Takes to Be an Entrepreneur – Stefanie O’Connell

Stefanie O'Connell has never had a "real" job, but has made a successful career out of her own curiosity with money. She shares her story of managing money as an entrepreneur and the attitude it takes to win.

Stefanie O’Connell, a fellow Millennial Money expert, knows first hand what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Having never officially had a “real” corporate 9-5 job, Stefanie has forged a career born out of her own curiosity – how to manage and grow her money.

She frequently talks about the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur on her blog and is never shy at sharing her own journey. I always find it so refreshing when millennial entrepreneurs are willing to talk about what it really takes to have this career that seems so glamourous on the outside.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • Stefanie shares her own money story and why being an entrepreneur works for her
  • The attitude Stefanie thinks you need to have to be successful
  • Why counting revenue doesn’t tell the whole story
  • What she’s up to and how she’s growing her business

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Millennial Travels: Dublin Food Scene

The Dublin food scene is affordable and yummy on any budget. Check out this podcast featuring Dee Laffan from Slow Foods Dublin.For this week on Millennial Money Travel Tuesday, we follow up with our St. Patrick’s Day episode with a look at the affordable and evolving Dublin, Ireland food scene.

The Dublin food scene is way more than just meat and potatoes as it was many years ago and now has grown into one of the best in Europe. It’s a great place to travel to now that the Dollar is strong against the Euro. That just means you can get more bang for your buck. And, you’d be surprised at how affordable the Dublin food scene is these days.

On This Podcast Episode:

Freelance Irish food writer Dee Laffan gives us a food tour around Dublin, talking about how the city has transformed their cuisine tastes, as well as giving us great tips for eating around Dublin. Laffan is also the chairperson for Slow Food Dublin, which is at the forefront to this ever-changing food town.

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Why a Roth Has More Bang for Your Buck

Which should you choose: a Roth or a traditional IRA? While there are loads of factors to consider, a new survey suggests that the Roth is the clear winner.

Which should I choose: a Roth or a traditional IRA? That’s the question that always seems to be top of mind with many millennial investors.

While I’m always quick to suggest that there are many factors you should consider BESIDES which one will net you the biggest potential return in retirement, a new study by NerdWallet makes a compelling argument in favor of everyone’s favorite, the Roth.

Regardless of your retirement tax rate, it appears that the Roth is a powerhouse when it comes to outperforming its friend, the traditional IRA. Check out the podcast episode to hear what you need to know about the Roth.

On This Podcast Episode:

  • We’ll do a deep dive into this study about the Roth
  • Discuss the differences between a Roth and an IRA
  • Talk about a few factors that might stop you from going all in with a Roth
  • Understand the power of your retirement tax rate – and how you can’t possibly know what it will be now – and that’s ok

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It’s Never Too Late

It's never too late to go after your dream, to build your bank account, or to start investing.

If you didn’t know already, I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s never too late. It’s never too late to go after a goal or to finally start your savings account. It’s never too late to buy a house or pay off your debt.

I was inspired by a recent article about Anthony Bourdain. He never even had a savings account until he was 44 and has adopted a conservative investing strategy that he’s happy with. I love that he’s doing things on his own terms – his career and his money journey.

On this episode, I want you to be encouraged that it’s ok if you aren’t where you want to be financially. The story isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of time for you to build up your retirement and pay off your debt just like Anthony Bourdain.

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Talking Grilled Cheese and Beer

James Edward "Eddie" Davis, aka the chef, and Kevin VanBlarcum (Brewer), have created a cookbook that rises above the rest. They've paired everyone's favorite grilled cheese with tasty brews. Sometimes, when you let your imagination run free don’t you have crazy ideas of creating something awesome, starting your own business or maybe even writing a book? Well, this week’s guests on Millennial Money Lifestyle Thursday have now done all three.

Authors of the new book, “Grilled Cheese & Beer, Recipes for the Finer Things in Life,” Kevin Vanblarcum and James “Eddie” Davis had this crazy idea of combining grilled cheese and beer and ended up getting a book deal.

This newly released book is a fun and unique cookbook with mouthwatering grill cheese recipes, paired with a cold beer.

On This Episode:

Check out our conversation with beer master Kevin and chef Eddie as we talk about taking a lifeguard class with a publisher, making puns, and grilled cheese wrapped in bacon.

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The Fed is Raising the Rates Yet Again

If you have a credit card or a mortgage the Feds interest rate hike will affect you.

The Federal Reserve is at it again. Likely today (March 15) you’ll see the Fed announce that they’re raising the Fed Funds rate from .75% to 1% in an effort to continue to stabilize employment and the economy.

The Fed rate has been hovering at all time lows for years. In fact, after the 2008 mortgage debacle, the Fed lowered the Fed Funds rate to 0% to quickly stabilize the economy and left it there.

Why should you care? If you have a credit card, or any type of variable loan, notably an adjustable-rate mortgage, you’ll see your interest rates rise. Savers will see some benefit too from the increase but likely not immediately.

On This Podcast:

  • We’ll chat about the Federal Funds rate and what it means
  • Discuss tips for credit card users to position themselves
  • Why you need to pay attention if you have a mortgage
  • How the Fed rate increases could alter your money goals

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