What are some simple activities that you can do that can have a quick yet significant impact on your budget?

Kelsa is going to share 5 of those actions!

Notes from episode:

  • 5 Quick money-saving and confidence-boosting actions you can take today
  • Why these things are more impactful than they seem on the surface

5 actions:

  1. Review your pay stub

    1. Is there anything you’re paying for that is optional that you’re not using? 
    2. Is there anything you’re paying for that you can take advantage of - such as an Accident policy or Aflac type. Or a prepaid legal service where you can get a free will for you and your family? 
    3. Does your pay look correct? 
  2. Call to get a CC interest rate lowered
    1. Call in the morning when customer call reps haven’t been answering the phone all day and getting yelled at by cranky customers all day
    2. Use first names, thank them for their help
    3. The first couple times, you might hear no. Thank them for their consideration and hang up.
    4. Wait a week or a few days and keep calling back.
    5. Tell them you’re loyal and you are hoping they can work with you. You don’t want to have to transfer the balance elsewhere and you’re looking to see what they can do.
    6. Even if they say it’s temporary - such as we can lower it for 6 months, take it. Every little bit helps. 
  3. Review your bank and credit card activity - NOT doing this can really bog us down mentally. 
    1. We worry and question about what might be happening or clearing that we're not aware of. We start to think "Gosh, I'm sure I'm blowing money but I just don't have time to get organized." And these thoughts to lead us to feeling bad with money and the trickle affect can be damaging. 
    2. So block off the time NOW to review all activity for the past 3 months on your credit cards and bank statements and even if you don't find anything wrong or that you can cancel, I promise that will be so reassuring and will be a huge boost to your financial confidence.
    3. Are you paying bank fees and you can avoid that by jumping through a hoop or two?
  4. Cancel a subscription you aren't using
    1. You can ALWAYS add it back later and chances are, they’ll even discount it substantially for getting you back. 
  5. Make a list of free activities you would enjoy doing
    1. And don’t just make a list but do any research too. The idea is that if you’re tempted to spend money, you want these things to be as easy as possible to do. No burden of figuring out where to park or what the address is, etc. Planning ahead is the trick.
    2. List of 50 Free activities can be downloaded by clicking here: fiscalfitnessphx.com/episode82

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When there is so much uncertainty and things feel out of our control, it’s very easy to get sucked up in the worry and feel as if everything is “on hold” until this all blows over.

In this episode, Coach Jill talks about how important it is to keep morale high while living through this very uncertain time. We have the opportunity to choose or DECIDE what we really want to get out of this time, so let’s choose to make it a time that we can be proud of.

Notes from episode/ summary of major points/ etc:

  • Ask yourself: “What would make me really proud to say I did during the Covid-19 quarantine?”
  • Our level of productivity will translate to our mental health. Take care of yourself by finding a way to be productive.
  • Declutter, find a fitness or nutrition challenge to participate in, learn something new, put your spending in check with a financial challenge, volunteer or donate your time, money or talents. All of these things will help you to feel productive and proud of yourself at the end of this.

Resources/ links related to topic/ mentioned in podcast:

You can be really disciplined and still fall for temptations so today we’ll be covering 3 steps to conquering temptations once and for all.

Kelsa will be covering:

  1. How to identify when triggers happen for you - this awareness is key! 
  2. Then Kelsa will discuss 13 ways you can reduce the chance of temptations tripping you up and essentially ways to prevent facing temptations to begin with. And then...
  3. How to have a backup plan of free activities so that when temptation strikes, you are prepared!

CLICK HERE to receive the 50 Free Activities handout!

Notes from episode:

  • Identify your spending triggers that are pulling you off track
  • Pick 2-3 changes you can make right away to curb your temptations
  • Pick a minimum of 5 free activities you can do instead of spending money

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Thinking about buying a house?  Listen to what mortgage lender Jeff Quincey shares with Jill.

Coach Jill interviews mortgage lender Jeff Quincey of Fairway Independent Mortgage and they give you the scoop on everything you need to know about mortgages, refinancing and what to expect in the process. 

This podcast is the perfect prep for our 4-week “Home Buyers” course that is about to kick off on Monday March 23rd, 2020 (postponed and new dates TBD). This live & interactive course is led by our own financial coaching experts Jill Emanuel and Kelsa Dickey. This course will help you feel more well-prepared and confident as you make the big decision to buy a home, which may very well be the single largest purchase of your lifetime. It only makes sense to invest a bit of time, effort and money to learn how to ensure your home is a blessing and not a curse!

Click THIS LINK to find out more and get enrolled!. The Home Buyers mini course is postponed and new dates TBD.

Episode notes:

  • Jeff tells us what you need to know in order to qualify for a loan, do’s and don’t, how much you need for a down payment, where your credit score needs to be….and so much more!
  • We talk refinancing - when does it make sense and when doesn’t it? What are some of the key things you need to evaluate to ensure you are making a smart decision? 
  • Hear some examples of past clients and the mistakes and successes that they experienced through the lending process!


We answered some questions from our Facebook Community!

  • Janelle Asks: When should a mortgage be refinanced? At what rate difference is it “worth it” after all of the fees are added in? 
  • Matt Asks: Dave Ramsey says you don’t need a credit score to buy a house. Is this true? Can someone who has no credit history actually get a loan? 
  • Amy Asks: How does one go about refinancing in order to pull cash out for a home remodel/renovation? Can you elaborate on this? How much equity needs to be in the home to do a cash out, etc?
  • Barbie Asks: Is it worth it to refinance a 15 year mortgage to another 15 year mortgage if the interest rate has dropped 1%? Not to add any more debt, but to lower the payment? (currently 14 years remaining)
  • Ian Asks: What type of help can a first time home buyer get? And how do you know when you’re buying too much house for your budget?


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What are 5 quick activities you can do that will make an impact on your finances?

We get asked all the time “what are some things I can do to quickly make an impact”, so we’ve put together 5 things you can do right now to start to see a quick improvement in your finances! You don’t have to do all 5, pick one or two that make sense to try and give them a whirl. Of course, bonus points if you do them all!

Some takeaways from this episode:

  • Try a spending elimination diet
  • Get locked in on your day to day spending
  • Plan your meals and groceries
  • Organize your debt payoff plan
  • Get help from a financial coach (Book your Eureka session!)

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It’s one of our favorite times of the year! It is time to chat about the New Year Money 21-Day Challenge.

The 21 Day Challenges are designed to help participants with saving money, gaining clarity, having fun, making progress, fine-tuning expenses and gaining insights surrounding their finances.  The best part is the potential to even WIN money!

And of course our favorite part which is tooting the horns of our amazing participants and having them share the great work and celebrating their accomplishments along the way.

You’ve got to tune in for this one!

Oftentimes the initial thought when we learn we are getting a return is that it’s time to celebrate!

We want to do something big with it - like book the vacation we’ve want to go on, make the big purchase we’ve been putting off, do some home renovations, or even pay off debt - unfortunately, even though these are done with the thought that this is all “extra money” to do it with, we can often regret our choices when a whammy hits us on the back side. In this episode, Coach Jill gives you a few things to think about to make sure you are using your tax return in the best way possible.

Reminders of what to consider with your return:

  • Resist temptation to do something “fun” with all of the refund. Think about using the 10/90% rule. 
  • First ask yourself what your initial plans with this money is - get clear on the various options.
  • Consider whether a whammy, or a large unexpected expense, will derail this plan. 
  • Evaluate your current emergency fund and make sure you have a minimum of $1,000 saved for a true emergency. 
  • Consider any debt you may have and identify the order in which you will tackle them. 
  • Finally, you should consider what are the three most important things in your life. Make sure this extra money is truly going towards the things in your life that will give you the most fulfillment and make life most meaningful.

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It’s one of our favorite times of the month! It is time for the FC Beat.

That’s the Financial Coaches Beat, in case you didn’t know, where Kelsa and Jill are giving you the inside scoop on what’s happening, all things in the Fiscal Fitness world.

And of course our favorite part which is tooting the horns of our amazing clients, sharing the great work that they are doing and celebrating their accomplishments.

You’ve got to tune in for this one!

You might be thinking all those emails with sales and discount codes are doing you a favor. I promise - they’re not!

These emails are tempting you to spend on items that would not have even been on your radar, if not for the enticing sale that just landed in your inbox. One of the ways I save hundreds every year and minimize my temptations is to get off those mailing list and use three browser extensions that help me find the best prices and deals when I shop online. In this episode I share with you my 3 favorite tools for saving money while shopping online: Rakuten, Honey and CamelCamelCamel.

Be smart with your online shopping with these sites:

  • Use the app Unroll.me to easily unroll from email lists that are bombarding your inbox (and your mind!) with shopping temptations. 
  • You can still take advantage of the sales and discounts, but do it on your own terms, when you are actively looking for something and not when you have been targeted thru marketing. 
  • Rakuten (formerly Ebates) gives you discounts and cash back rebates! Receive a Big Fat Check in the mail or into your PayPal account every quarter with the money you earn from shopping thru Rakuten (or with the Rakuten browser extension)
  • The Honey browser extension will search and apply the very best active coupon codes into your cart before checkout, so you don’t need to search for coupon codes yourself anymore! Plus you earn points that you can cash in for $10 gift cards (extra bonus!).
  •  CamelCamelCamel allows you to see the price history for the products you are shopping for on Amazon. There are constant swings in pricing, based on buyer demand and seller supply and this is one way to know that when you buy you are always getting the best price for your money!

Check out these highlights and resources:

  • Rakuten - Get $10 Bonus Dollars when you join with this link (after your first $25 purchase) 
  •  Join Honey - Install this browser extension and let Honey do all the hard work of scouring the internet for coupon codes for you! Honey will automatically apply the best coupon code to your cart at checkout, making sure you always get the best deal.
  •  Use the CamelCamelCamel browser extension to always make sure you get the best prices when shopping on Amazon. Set up alerts to receive a notification when the item you are shopping for drops to the price you want to pay!

What makes a year your “best year yet?”. How is it that you can intentionally create the year ahead to be just that?

This episode helps you reflect on the prior year, its’ ups or downs and identify what made it so great….or not so great. Once you have that information, now you can use it to craft the year ahead to be one you can feel proud of. Coach Jill reviews six key areas of life to evaluate and create a plan for that allow you to move into the New Year with clarity, purpose and intentionality.

Let's recap some points that will help to make 2020 your best year yet!!

  • Entering into a new year purposefully, must begin with a reflection on the year behind us. What factors contributed to how great, or horrible, we felt about the year behind us? How can we use this knowledge to intentionally recreate or completely reconstruct our lives in the year ahead?
  •  Being intentional with our lives requires thought and a plan. We can oftentimes easily name the things we want to do or improve upon, but we must have systems and quantifiable ways to measure that progress in our lives. 
  •  Evaluate the core areas of your life and set some concrete measures to make sure you follow thru. Coach Jill plans her year by evaluating these six key areas: Health, Relationships, Family, Finances, Career and Leisure/Fun!

Check out these other resources that will help you start your new year off on the right foot:

  • New MiniCourses are coming this year! We are kicking off 2020 with our New Years 21 day Money Challenge, beginning on Jan 15th. Click Here for more info
  •  Choose your Word of the Year - Podcast Episode 48
  •  Listen to Kelsa and Michael’s New Year’s Resolution super episode - Podcast Episode 49
  •  Set some Big Fat Hairy goals in the New Year - Podcast Episode 60

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