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Austin Just Being Austin

Don’t you just love it when you travel to a place that you’ve always wanted to explore and all the stars align and the place is as cool, as welcoming, and even more interesting than you thought? That’s exactly how we experienced Austin recently.

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For many years Austin has been known as one of the music capitols in the world and of course Texas barbecue is king around these parts. But, the one ingredient that makes this Texas capitol city so special, are all the friendly and diverse folks that have created the awesome Austin of today.

While we were in town we sat down with some of those local friendly’s to get their side of this very cool and growing city. Join as we talk with our friend Casey about ever-expanding food scene, our new friend Shelly about her hidden gem of a boutique hotel and our local band friends Transit Method take us around some of the best places to catch music in Austin.

My co-host for the podcast is my husband, Jeff Game, a travel, and music journalist that’s always on the hunt for a good story to tell.

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Month By Month Money To Do List

If you’ve ever wondered what you should be doing each month with your finances, I’ve got a podcast episode for you.

I’ve compiled a list of the top things you should be thinking about each month to help you make smart money moves throughout the year. This is just a guide – so make sure you make it your own and focus on the steps each month that are right for your own situation. It’s your year to rock your finances – I’m just sayin’.

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I’m taking it month by month to lay out a money to do list to keep you focused and your bank account soaring.

  • Jan – How are you doing? This is a month to check in on  your financial goals – have you set new ones?
  • Feb – Getting your tax stuff together is the name of the game because tax day is April 17.
  • March – Time to double check your retirement contributions + invest your tax return somewhere good.
  • April – Save and shred any documents you don’t need after filing your return and create a master money list with every account number, password and financial account listed.
  • May – Check in with your Emergency Fund – are you earning over 1% interest on your savings?
  • June- Check in with your investments and your money tracking system.
  • July – Time for a mid year check-in – figure out what’s working and what isn’t.
  • Aug – Review and update any beneficiaries and if you haven’t created a will and advanced health care direction….do it in August. Also, call your cell phone, internet and cable company to try to find any better deals than what you have now.
  • Sep – Full on holiday mode – create your holiday budget and dial in your travel plans.
  • Oct –  If you’ve filed an extension on your taxes, they are due Oct 17. Had a new baby? Think about setting up a 529 college savings plan.
  • Nov- Open enrollment for health insurance time and a good reminder to evaluate your current policy and any new plans.
  • Dec – Focus on gift giving – you can gift up to $15,000 per person without having to file a gift tax return. Donating to charities could also help lower your taxable income. Then…get some rest and enjoy the holidays.

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I’m In Debt, Does My Partner Really Need To Know

Does this podcast episode resonate with you? I can’t tell you how many times I’m asked this question and the answer is always more complicated than you might think – but, it always end up with a yes.

There are lots of things to hide from your partner – your secret mac and cheese addiction and the fact that you really don’t like to work out. However, when it comes to debt, honesty is the name of the game. (I promise you it’s not that scary).

On This Podcast Episode:

A recent question to the podcast prompted this episode, but I have a feeling a lot of the listeners are wondering the same question. On this episode we’re tackling this question and I’m offering guidance on why you should always talk about debt.

  • Learn how to figure out the right time (and way) to talk about debt
  • Understand why disclosing debt is super duper important
  • Find out how to set boundaries with your partner around debt
  • Take a listen to my own story about talking about debt in a relationship
  • Have a lightbulb moment and come to peace about this scary question

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An Urban Oasis In Austin

As we talked about in a recent travel episode, Austin is one of the hottest cities to travel in 2018 and might just be getting a lot more awesome-er (it’s a word) when the “Urban Oasis” that is the brand spanking new Fairmont Austin opens later this year.

Located smack dab in the middle of downtown, this brand-new gem of a hotel is a great addition to the expanding Austin skyline.

On This Podcast Episode:

Our good friend, Director of Communications for the Fairmont Austin, Casey Barks gave Jeff, my co-host, and me a behind the scenes tour of their brand-new property. This Texas-sized hotel will now be the largest Fairmont which towers 37 stories high and holds 1,048 rooms, with five of the most anticipated restaurants opening in 2018, including a food hall.

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Sneaky Tips To Pay Off Debt and Best Credit Cards In 2018 – Wallethub

With millions of people making a financially themed resolution for 2018 – pay off that debt and save more are the two top resolutions – and recent Fed rate hikes expected to cost credit card users an extra $7.4 billion in interest this year (YIKES), the personal-finance website WalletHub today released a pair of reports that will help you save more in the new year: 2018’s Best Credit Cards as well as the latest Credit Card Landscape Report.

On This Podcast Episode:

To tackle any big financial challenge like paying off debt it’s going to take a game plan and some plain ole’ commitment.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should focus on paying off all the debt all at once – in fact, that can lead to burnout and frustration.

On this podcast episode, I’m chatting with Jill Gonzalez, analyst from WalletHub about some of their recent findings in their Credit Card Landscape report, and how those findings can help you in 2018 be smart and strategic in paying off your debt.

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Where Everyone Is Traveling in 2018

It’s a new year, the holidays are over, you’re settling into 2018, but you are itching to get far, far away and experience an amazing getaway…and maybe travel some place you have never been before.

We recently gave you some of the best budget travel destinations, well this time we are tackling those unique and cool travel destinations of 2018.

On This Podcast Episode:

On this episode, my co-host Jeff, and I are dishing about all those destinations that you should start saving now to explore this year.

How about an island where Alexander Hamilton was born?

An American iconic city turning 300 years old?

How about finding Luke Skywalkers home from the Last Jedi movie?

We have it all this and more on this week’s Travel Tuesday episode and Where Everyone is Traveling in 2018! Get your bags packed and your bank account ready.

Pinneys Beach Nevis

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Securing and Protecting Your Finances In The Cashless Society – Joe Daly

Let’s talk about a “tough” money subject  – security and fraud prevention.

It’s on everyone’s mind, even though our cashless society is pretty convenient for us all. The payments innovation landscape is rapidly broadening to encompass innovation ranging from mobile payments to biometrics (as exhibited by Apple’s recent announcement) and even voice-activated payments – but the question remains, can you trust these new technologies for payments?

On This Podcast Episode:

I’m going straight to the expert, Joe Daly (COO, Paysafe Payments Processing, North America), to find out how you can stay save in this cashless society. On this episode we’re talking about topics that we’re all trying to figure out including:

  • Cashless Future – Millennials are the driving force behind a cashless society, but you expect high-performance and security from your alternative payment options before you completely abandon traditional payment methods.  How can you balance that?
  • Convenience Above All – In 2018, millennials will drive digital wallet adoption due to this generation’s preference for convenient payment methods. How do you stay safe?
  • Alternative Payment Technologies – Although Paysafe research found 31% of 18 – 34 year-olds already use cryptocurrencies from time to time, Millennials will not be a driving force behind standardizing cryptocurrency as a mainstream payment. Why is this?

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How The New Tax Laws Will Impact You – Jill Schlesinger

This year makes a new year with new tax laws. There’s been a lot of talk in the media and online about proposed changes but few understand the changes that actually did make it into the new tax law. Not to worry, we’ve got the very talented and knowledgeable Jill Schlesinger, host of the Better Off Podcast and Jill On Money radio show (you might also recognize Jill from CBS This Morning and The CBS Evening News).

On This Podcast Episode:

Jill Schlesinger and I are demystifying the new tax bill and what you need to know going into this year to prepare your bank account for those changes. We’ll discuss:

  • We discuss the changes with the refundable child care tax credit
  • What you need to know about HELOC loans and their current loss of deduction
  • How a higher standard deduction could lead to more cash in your bank account
  • What should you do as a freelancer or self employed business owner to position yourself for tax season
  • Some tips for everyone for how to grow your wealth as a result of these tax changes

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Dishing All Things Food With Katherine Spiers From Smart Mouth Podcast

After spending years covering the diverse Los Angles food scene for several prominent publications, food writer Katherine Spiers decided to dip her toe into the growing world of podcasting by launching her own show. Now, her top-rated Smart Mouth podcast is one of the best shows out there talking all about food with such expert guests as Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson and legendary French chef Jacques Pepin.

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I recently chatted with food writer and podcaster Katherine Spiers about how avocado toast invaded LA, whiskey drinking and storytelling with travel aficionado Anthony Bourdain and how Actor/Entrepreneur Danny Trejo ate in prison many years ago. Katherine also shared her wisdom as a fellow podcaster and a few entrepreneurial lessons she’s learned along the way.

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Breaking Up With Your Student Loans In 2018

One of the top money resolutions in 2018 is to get rid of that debt that keeps you locked up from achieving so many of your goals – and in particular that massive student loan debt. I’ve heard it from many of the listeners over the month of December that nothing would make you happier than to roll out of 2018 with a lot less – if not zero – student loan debt. I hear you!

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If we’re going to be more empowered in 2018 then we’ve got to make up our minds to do just that. Sure, you’re still going to get stressed out and worried about your student loans, or any debt, but maybe if we all encourage each other…we can create a movement of us all breaking up with our student loan debt this year.

The good news is that you don’t need a lot of fancy techniques to break up with your student loans – just the commitment to approach those loans with a little strategy.

  • Did you know you could make extra payments to your student loan
  • What about making lump sum payments with your annual bonus
  • Do you have your student loan on auto debit – you’ll save a ton if you do
  • Considering refinancing? Think about SoFi to help lower your interest rate
  • Knowing your numbers is key to finding savings in your bank account to make extra payments
  • Most important, create a plan and find motivation to keep working that plan

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