I confess up front: upon first glance this will not appear to be a sexy or entertaining post. But it is something that will absolutely help everyone, I couldn't not share. Sometimes we have to spend a little time dealing with the not fun things to get them in order so we can really enjoy the fun things.
Make the Most of Your Money
Finances. Something we all have to deal with on a daily basis, but if you think about it, really something we never get formal training or guidance on. Its the cause of many debates and issues in relationships, and can cause such stress and drama in life if not managed properly. For something that basically dictates our lives, it doesn't seem the most sensible that we all pretty much wing it. There are people out there that are educated in money management and financial planning, but those services themselves tend to cost and arm and a leg, and its the people who can't afford those services that really need them. Enter LearnVest.
This is not a paid or sponsored post. I have personally used this service and think it's great. When I hear my friends stress or complain about being able to save and budget and get their finances in order, I cannot stress enough that they should use this service.
LearnVest is quality financial planning for the 99%. They say their primary clients are those that make between $30,000 and $250,000 annually. Married or single, young or old.
Here's how it works:
Sign up on their website and create an account, and then complete your profile. The more extensive and specific your profile, the better for you. You want to list ALL your bank accounts, retirement accounts, credit cards, loans, rent, utilities, annual reoccurring expenses (memberships, subscriptions), etc. Think about what your financial goals are: retirement savings, buying a house, college savings, pay of debts, etc. Be honest, and don't be embarrassed by your current financial state. (Odds are they've seen worse than you.)
After you've completed your profile, it gets submitted to one of their certified Financial Planners, and they will review on their end to get an overview of you and your situation, then a Strategy call is scheduled. They are available 24/7 to work with the busiest schedules. During this call your Planner will ask questions for clarity, and talk to you about your goals and money life, to find out exactly what it is you want to achieve.
A plan for your money is just a plan. A program is about putting that plan into action.
After this call, your Planner will take all the info and develop a course of action for you to achieve your financial goals. You will schedule another call, and they will show you the numbers (i.e., how much you will need to have in retirement by the time you retire, and how to save that much between now and then.) They will help you set a daily budget, and help guide you to the proper allocation of your money. They will also tell you what kinds of legal documents (wills, power of attorney, health care directive, etc.) you should have, and what kind and how much insurances you should have (life, renters, etc.)
Additionally, their website contains resources and recommendations for providers. And if you're the kind of person who benefits from being accountable to someone, then your Planner can regularly send you reminders and information to keep you on track.
The planning process and obtaining your customize financial plan is $299. But right now there is a coupon for $50 off (LETSGO). $249 for a complete financial plan is a steal! Then if you need/want to retain On-Going support, you can sign up for $19/mo (can be cancelled at any time.) I know if you live paycheck to paycheck that even $249 sounds like a lot, but they have payment plans, and if you invest this in yourself now, and then follow the advice you receive, you will not be hurting from this expense. Things will only get better.
In really just a few hours you can get your entire financial situation straightened out and on track to you won't need to worry about your money anymore. How can you not do this?