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    If You Don’t Follow Through on a Plan You’re Going To Lose

    en-usJune 05, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Mistakes and LearningBeing honest about past mistakes and the lessons learned from them is essential when facing new challenges, such as job interviews or financial decisions.

      Owning up to past mistakes and learning from them is crucial when facing new challenges, such as job interviews or financial decisions. Grant, who recently lost his job due to tardiness, was advised to be honest and open about his past mistakes while also emphasizing what he learned from them. Jade, the financial expert, suggested considering all options when making a large purchase, such as trading in multiple vehicles to avoid going back into debt. The key is to be honest, take responsibility, and learn from past experiences to move forward confidently.

    • Hasty decisions, economic uncertaintyAvoid making hasty financial decisions based on fear during uncertain economic times, and focus on informed decisions and long-term financial goals.

      During uncertain economic times, it's crucial to avoid making hasty decisions based on fear. Jade Warshaw, a money expert, advised listeners to be cautious about adjustable rate mortgages, 40-year loans, and zero down payment offers, as they could lead to financial trouble similar to the great recession. Renee, a caller, shared her dilemma about her husband's extreme buyer's remorse after purchasing a new house, despite having a nearly paid-off old one. Jade suggested that the couple should follow through with their initial plan to sell the old house and use the proceeds to pay off the new mortgage, rather than taking a loss. Overall, the experts emphasized the importance of staying calm, making informed decisions, and focusing on long-term financial goals.

    • Financial disparitiesFinancial disparities can lead to feelings of resentment and dissatisfaction, potentially causing tension and even questioning a marriage. Open communication, understanding, and compromise are crucial for maintaining a healthy relationship. Seeking professional help can provide valuable insights and tools for addressing these issues.

      Financial disparities in a relationship can lead to feelings of resentment and dissatisfaction, potentially causing tension and even questioning the marriage. In the discussed scenario, the wife's financial stability and ownership of a valuable asset created a power dynamic that left her husband feeling undervalued and unsatisfied with their living situation. This situation highlights the importance of open communication, understanding, and compromise in maintaining a healthy relationship. Additionally, seeking professional help, such as therapy, can provide valuable insights and tools for addressing these issues and finding a resolution.

    • Aidan's decisionAidan should weigh long-term goals, values, and priorities when deciding between college and starting work, considering the impact on his family and potential personal growth opportunities.

      Aidan is facing a decision between going to college or starting work immediately, and he's feeling pressure from various sources. While there's financial incentive to attend college due to his academic achievements and partially paid tuition, he also has a young daughter and wants to contribute to her upbringing. If there were no external pressures, Aidan seems to lean towards starting work and building a business. However, college also offers educational and personal growth opportunities that could be beneficial. Ultimately, Aidan should consider his long-term goals, values, and priorities to make the best decision for himself and his family. Additionally, the discussion touched upon the benefits of taking a gap year to gain work experience and explore potential business interests.

    • Military family financesExplore high-yield savings accounts and institutions like Laurel Road for decent returns, avoid touching retirement savings, and follow financial principles like Dave Ramsey's baby steps for effective debt and savings management.

      When considering financial decisions for a family member, it's important to explore various investment options that offer decent returns, such as high-yield savings accounts or specific financial institutions like Laurel Road. For someone who is about to leave the military and will soon have expenses, having some liquid cash can be beneficial. However, it's crucial to avoid touching retirement savings like a 401k, as the penalties and long-term implications outweigh the potential benefits. Additionally, following financial principles like Dave Ramsey's baby steps can guide individuals in managing their debt and savings effectively. Overall, making informed decisions and understanding the implications of various financial tools is key to securing a strong financial future.

    • Marriage and major financial decisionsBe intentional with finances in marriage and ensure both partners agree before making significant purchases, considering emotional and relational aspects in addition to financial factors.

      A major financial decision, such as spending $150,000 on a dream car versus paying down a mortgage, requires careful consideration and alignment within a marriage. The speakers, Ken and Jade, emphasized the importance of being intentional with finances and ensuring both partners are on the same page before making such a significant purchase. They also noted that while the decision may seem financially sound based on income levels, it's essential to consider the emotional and relational aspects as well. Ultimately, the decision is a personal one that depends on individual circumstances and priorities.

    • Job offer with pay cutWhen considering a job offer with a pay cut, evaluate financial implications, consider debt and savings, and negotiate or continue searching for opportunities

      When considering a job offer with a significant pay cut, it's essential to weigh the potential financial gains against current debt and savings. Estelle, in the discussion, was considering a $40,000 pay cut to join a new company with a potential for higher earnings in the future. However, she had debt and no savings, making the financial risk a concern. The team suggested she keep applying to other opportunities and reconsider if the new job could match her current income or if there was room for negotiation. They also emphasized the importance of changing her mindset and being grateful for her current income while searching for a better opportunity. Ultimately, the decision should be based on a thorough analysis of the financial implications and the potential for long-term growth.

    • EveryDollar app budgetingThe EveryDollar app is a user-friendly tool for managing personal finances, helping users create and stick to a budget, track expenses, save for goals, and avoid unexpected expenses.

      The EveryDollar budgeting app is a simple and effective tool for managing personal finances. It helps users create and stick to a budget, track expenses in real-time, and save for goals. The app is intuitive and user-friendly, making it accessible to those who are not tech-savvy. Despite its free version, EveryDollar offers premium features for additional benefits. The app's importance is highlighted by a caller's story, who shared how unexpected expenses, such as pet deposits and lease termination fees, can add up and derail financial progress. The app can help users avoid such situations by keeping them informed of their spending and enabling better financial decision-making.

    • Financial struggles and petsExplore alternatives before making drastic decisions, such as selling assets or giving up a pet. Consider working additional jobs or seeking professional advice to manage debt effectively.

      When faced with financial struggles, it's essential to explore all options before making drastic decisions. In this discussion, the speakers considered giving up a pet due to financial difficulties, but they discovered another way to manage their debt by selling a truck and finding a cheaper alternative. They also discussed the possibility of working additional jobs to increase income and pay off debt faster. It's crucial to remember that there are often alternative solutions to financial problems, and it's essential to exhaust all possibilities before making irreversible decisions. Additionally, the speakers emphasized the importance of having a solid financial plan and seeking professional advice when needed.

    • Securing clients before self-employmentSecuring clients and agreements before transitioning to self-employment is crucial for financial stability, but don't forget the responsibility of completing work falls on you and fear around money can be addressed through financial education.

      Before transitioning from a job to self-employment, it's crucial to line up clients and secure agreements to ensure financial stability. This approach not only helps replace income but also saves money and prepares for the transition. However, it's essential to remember that working for oneself doesn't automatically mean more free time; the responsibility for completing work still falls on the individual. Additionally, fear and trauma around money, even after financial success, can stem from deep-rooted experiences. To overcome this, gaining knowledge about one's financial situation and understanding what's possible can help alleviate worries. In Patty's case, her substantial retirement fund, savings, and income from her job proved more than enough to support her desired lifestyle, yet her fear stemmed from a lack of knowledge about her true financial capabilities.

    • Limiting beliefs & trusting oneselfOvercome limiting beliefs by seeking help, practicing affirmations, acknowledging past traumas, and focusing on the present. Trusting oneself and having the right support systems are crucial for financial well-being.

      It's important to work on overcoming limiting beliefs and trusting oneself to make good financial decisions. This can involve practicing affirmations, seeking help from a therapist, and acknowledging past traumas. Additionally, it's crucial to have the right insurance coverage to provide security and peace of mind. In the context of the discussion, a listener was struggling with fear around spending money and making decisions due to past experiences of financial instability. The speakers encouraged her to seek professional help and focus on the present, reminding her that she's made progress and has the means to enjoy the fruits of her labor. Overall, trusting oneself and having the right support systems in place are key to financial well-being.

    • Family situationConsider family situation thoroughly before making drastic decisions, communicate effectively, and research potential financial benefits of career moves or education.

      It's essential to consider the family's situation thoroughly before making drastic decisions. The couple in question was considering their husband's job offer that required extensive travel, but they had consumer debt and young children. While some argued that the husband could make good money and travel the country, others suggested staying local and focusing on family. The conversation also touched on the importance of communication and considering the impact of decisions on the family as a whole. Additionally, for someone considering going back to school or getting additional training to increase income, it's essential to research the potential financial benefits and the feasibility of the investment given their current financial situation.

    • Income growth pathsExplore self-employment, creating new positions, alternative skill sets, and affordable tech training for income growth. Research costs and time commitment.

      There are various paths to increasing income beyond the current training program, and exploring these options is crucial. The speaker mentioned considering self-employment, creating a new position within an organization, and pursuing alternative skill sets like technology. The cost and time commitment for these options should be researched, as some may offer significant income bumps without requiring a degree. Additionally, the speaker suggested looking into organizations like Bethel Tech for affordable tech training. Overall, the conversation emphasized the importance of expanding one's perspective and considering various opportunities to advance income.

    • Gifting strategies for long-term financial goalsConsider gifting significant sums to adult children from high-yield savings, spread gifts over multiple years to avoid gift taxes, and prioritize financial planning and wealth transfer within families.

      The discussion revolves around the idea of gifting significant sums of money to adult children while ensuring it doesn't negatively impact the givers' long-term financial goals. The couple, who have a net worth of over $1.6 million and are debt-free, are considering gifting $50,000 each to their four children aged between 25 and 30. They are considering using their high-yield savings as the source of funds and are aware of the gift tax implications. They plan to give each child $18,000 per year to avoid gift taxes and spread the gifts over multiple years. The primary motivation behind the gifting is to help their children afford homes and set them up for financial success. The discussion also touches upon the use of 529 plans for education and other potential gifting options like custodial Roth IRAs or trusts. Overall, the conversation highlights the importance of financial planning and wealth transfer within families while being mindful of tax implications.

    • Managing Inherited Funds, 529 Plans, and Roth IRAsExplore options like custodial accounts, brokerage accounts, and overfunding 529 plans to optimize savings and reduce stress when managing inherited funds and planning for retirement. Consult a financial professional for personalized advice.

      When it comes to managing your money and planning for retirement, there are various options to consider, especially regarding custodial accounts and overfunding 529 plans for potential Roth IRA conversions. These strategies could help you optimize your savings and reduce stress. It's essential to consult with a financial professional to determine the best approach for your individual circumstances. During the discussion, Jade Warshaw and James Childs touched upon the possibility of inheriting funds, custodial accounts, brokerage accounts, and overfunding 529 plans. They emphasized the importance of exploring these options to make the most of your financial situation. If you're unsure about the nature of the funds you're hoping to receive or how to manage them effectively, sitting down with a financial expert is a wise decision. They can help you understand your options and create a solid plan for your financial future. To get started on your budgeting journey and take control of your finances, download the Every Dollar app for free at ramseysolutions.com/everydollar. This simple yet powerful tool will help you create a budget and stick to it, giving you peace of mind and a clear path to financial success.

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