Financial Fitness and Wellness | Blog - by SARA CHEVERE

3 Things That Parents Should Do To Teach Their Kids About Money

Who do you think is responsible for teaching your kids about money?

The parents.   

It is funny that as parents we teach our kids a lot of skills, but we fail to show them something as essential as managing money.

 Today I am going to share with you three things that you can do to help your kids understand the concepts of Money. 

 Children start deciding about money as early as three years old.   If you don’t think so, ask yourself, who chose the cereal or the juice at the grocery store.

  • Give them a budget allowance.

Typically, I suggest to give them a week allowance base on their age. 

If your child is 7, then $7,  6, $6, 5, $5 and so forth. 

  • Make sure to take out 10% for taxes, 10% for giving at least 10% for savings or investments.

This will give them a sense of reality and teach them good habits for then on. 

  • One way to show them the concept of money is to let them spend the money on what they want, but once...
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Ask Your Kids Where Do They Think Money Comes From

Have you ever asked your kids where do they think Money come from?

Believe it or not, your kids start to make financial decisions at a very early year, even 3 years old. 

If you are not sure about this, ask yourself, who chose the cereal and juices in the Household?  Where do they choose to buy it?  At the grocery store, right? They are pointing out what they want.

Most kids don’t understand where the money is coming from, but they assume that all they need to do is ask and it is given.

If you want your kids to learn the correct concepts about money from a very early age, then they need to be clear about where the money is coming from.

You can also give them tasks so they understand that money is an exchange of value.

Teaching them to have their own business at an early age will also teach them the path of entrepreneurship.

Have them read kids books about money. 

When you start teaching your kids numbers and how to count, instead of paper or marbles, teach...

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Do You Have a Will?

Most people don’t have a Will, even though it is so easy to do and so important, they don't even know how to go about having one.

The good news is, it is never late to make a Will, and it is also pretty affordable.

Check out your options on this link... WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

The bad news is, if you never write your own will, to your surprise, you already have one. YES, we all have a Will already.

About two-thirds of Americans don’t have a written Will. A Will is something that they put off or have not gone around it yet. The process for dividing your assets will vary dramatically state by state. 

A Will has been written for you, and you will not like it. Each state has some stipulations and guidelines in case you passed. The state will decide who will get your assets and who will take what and that is including your living assets like your kids and pets.

Sometimes if there is nothing written, that might not be the case.

Perhaps you might think that if you die,...

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Are you house rich but cash poor?

Do you know anyone that is house rich and cash poor?

Most people are just paying their mortgage and that’s it.  They are not contributing to their retirement plan, they have no savings, no emergency fund. They cannot go on vacation unless they get into debt.

Why?  Because they bought a home that is too expensive for their personal situation. In other words, they bought a house that the couldn’t afford.

Here are some of the reasons people are trying to pay off their mortgage.

You should not be paying off your mortgage as fast as possible, making extra payments, or getting in shorter terms, or be participating in a bi-weekly plan. 

Why? Because the goal in life should be to create wealth. 

Why carry the long-term mortgage?  The only answer is liquidity and wealth. 

Paying off that debt will not necessarily give you wealth.  At this moment, your home is increasing in value on its own.

This is why the longer the term, the lower the payment...

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The Advantages and Disadvantages Of Having Credit Cards

Credit is a great financial too if it is used the right way.  

There are a lot of benefits when we use credit cards. Credit cards are the best way to create a financial history.  When you have a credit history, it allows you to borrow money and acquired certain things that otherwise, it will take you years.  For example, a car, or a house.  

It also allows you to rent a car, or a home, get a cell phone, getting insurance, your utilities, and sometimes even a job!

Credit cards can also protect you from robbers or fraudulent purchases.  

Another benefit is that you can track your spending as long as you open your statements and take a look at them every month.

Some people use their credit cards as an emergency fund.  It is not ideal, but I understand because sometimes putting aside 6 months of emergency funds takes time. Having it available on the credit cards, makes it convenient.  

Credit cards also offer other benefits,...

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7 Steps To Financial Freedom

Since we are little we have been imposed to get an education, then get a job, fill our lives with depreciating things and then retire and die. 

However, at some point, we realized that is not financial freedom.  That is not what we had in mind when it comes to time freedom either.

What is Financial Freedom?

Everybody has their own definition of what financial freedom is for them.  But in the end, it comes down to the same thing.  We want the opportunity to keep the lifestyle we desire without worrying about how and where the money is coming from. 

How can I reach Financial Freedom?

Today, I am going to show you 7 steps that you can take immediately, that will help you to achieve financial freedom.  No one said that it is easy, but it is possible.  

Here are the 7 Steps To Financial Freedom: 

  1. Live like you are broke.  What this means is to stop living above your means.  If you live above your means, most likely you will be...
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How To Declutter Your Life And Get More Abundance?

One thing that can make us feel overwhelmed, stressed and broke is clutter. 

A lot of people don't think about this, but there is a huge correlation between how your life runs and clutter. 

When you are surrounded by clutter, your productivity will decrease.  You can miss bill payments and offers.  You could lose valuable things.  

It is time for Spring Cleaning and it is perfect to do some decluttering in your life. I am going to be sharing with you, what is the best way to declutter in order to attract more abundance in your life.

Your Environment:

When you are surrounded by clutter in your home, your car, and your work area, you will spend more money.

You also going to lose track of things and your financial debt will increase. This will put you in a vicious cycle of confusion, chaos, and stress.

Test your surroundings, look around every single area of your house, your car and workspace and ask yourself, what do you see?

Open your drawers,...

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April, Financial Literacy Month

APRIL IS FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH.

Do you know what the lack of financial literacy is costing you?

It is costing each individual in the U.S. a minimum of $10,000 a year.

The lack of financial knowledge is the main culprit. Only five states in the U.S. require financial education in high schools and California is not one of those states.

It is time for you to become financially literate. It is time for you to learn about and take control of your money.

In this class, you will discover financial strategies and concepts that typically only the wealthy know.

This mind-blowing class will not only allow you to learn these strategies but also to apply them immediately.

The key to building great wealth is having great knowledge. Then take immediate action as well as having the wisdom to know which course of action is the best for you.

It's time for you to make your own financial decisions. You can be in the driver seat of your finances.

Are you ready to increase your confidence about money...

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16 Financial Mistakes To Avoid

This is your life's dream, to become an entrepreneur.  You want to leave your 9-5 and achieve your dreams. You know that the journey, the endless hours and sacrifices will be worth your time because, in the end, you will achieve financial freedom.


But with entrepreneurship comes some risks. Most businesses don't reach the 5-year mark. Why? Because of mistakes that have caused them to fail.


Today I am going to show you the 16 biggest mistakes new entrepreneurs and business owners make and how to avoid them.


Not Doing Research
Before going into business, you have to do your research. Is your product needed in your current market? Do I know who is your ideal audience or client? Who is your competition? Trust me, you do have one.


Make sure to do your research prior to spending a cent on anything else. What is the point to start a business where no one needs your product? Create momentum for your product with your potential clients even prior to spending anything.


Not Having a...

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Who Should Consider Long-Term Care?

I am sure that you have heard of Long-Term Care.  However, a lot of people don't understand what that entails. Also, they think that Long-Term Care is just for aging parents.  But that is not the case.  I am going to review with you what is Long-Term Care, who is it for and how you can set it up.

What is Long-Term Care? 

Long-Term Care is paid care when you need it the most.  When you are unable to perform one of the 6 basic daily activities that are necessary to live and have a quality of life, you will need LTC. 

What Are The Six Daily Activities? 

Things like eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, walking, and continence.  The main goal of LTC is so you can keep your lifestyle as much as possible.  

Who is LTC for?

A lot of people assume that Long-Term Care is just for advanced aged individuals.  That is not 100% accurate.  There will be need of LTC as a result of an accident, a stroke, a chronic condition,...

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