JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast JW’s Financial Coaching Podcast-A show devoted to answering your personal financial questions and covering current events in personal finance. Giving people a new perspective on their money!

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Today’s show touches on a few topics.  First, is a real life example of the importance of setting personal financial goals.  I discuss how my wife and I started to set personal financial goals at the end of 2010, and how that has enabled us to do what we have done financially so far in 2011.

Next, with Financial Literacy month in April, I discuss in detail what some personal finance coaches, including myself, are doing to help spread the word. Look for a daily YouTube video posted on Facebook, Twitter, and the blog dealing with a financial literacy question of the day. In addition, the shows in April will be dealing with the topic of financial literacy.

Finally, I talk a little bit about why I am giving away Free Financial Coaching in the month of April to help promote Financial Literacy. Why am I doing this? Am I crazy? Perhaps, but mostly I just want to help people have a better understanding of their finances anyway I can. I also discuss how you can help spread the word.

Some of the blog posts mentioned in the show:

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On today’s show we finish up the Three Things We Do with Money series by discussing the topic of giving.  Giving might be the most important piece of the three things we do with money but unfortunately it is also the smallest!  We discuss how important it is to give to causes you have a passion for, why giving can make us wealthier, and why giving does not have to be just for religious reasons.

As mentioned in the show, Steve Stewart of Money Plan SOS did a great podcast on giving and tithing for those of us who give through the church so I recommend checking out that show.

In addition, we wrap up the series by discussing the importance of doing well in all three areas, spending, saving, and giving, and how that can change your finances.  At the end of the show we make a few big announcements about what the show is doing in April for National Financial Literacy month.

As mentioned in the show, JW’s Financial Coaching now has a fan page on Facebook, so please check us out so you can interact with us, ask questions, listen to podcasts right from the fan page.  So check us out and “like” us today.

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future shows you can send them to me and I will integrate them into a future show. Please Email me them at JWFinancialcoaching@gmail.com -You may subscribe to the Podcast either through Feedburner or iTunes.

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In today’s show we finish up our discussion on saving. How do we save for purchases, both short- and long-term? Why do we need to save for retirement and how does saving money create wealth which can change your family’s financial path? These topics are covered in detail today.

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future shows you can send them to me and I will integrate them into a future show. Please Email me them at JWFinancialcoaching@gmail.com -You may subscribe to the Podcast either through Feedburner or iTunes.

You can find prior editions of the podcast at the podcast archive page

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In today's podcast we start to talk about saving, specifically saving for emergencies.  What exactly is an emergency fund?  What constitutes an emergency?  Where should you keep your emergency fund and most importantly how much money do you need to put aside?  All those questions are answered and more in today's show.

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future shows you can send them to me and I will integrate them into a future show. Please Email me them at JWFinancialcoaching@gmail.com -You may subscribe to the Podcast either through Feedburner or iTunes.

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March 9, 2011  
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Today’s show rounds out our discussion on spending by discussing what the average American spends their money on according to the US Labor Department (see picture below). The report shows some interesting statistics and Jon goes into detail about what some of these numbers mean and where we are spending too much of our money.

As mentioned in the Podcast we have created a Recommended Budget Percentage Spreadsheet to be used as a guide to help determine where your spending is out of whack. You can always find this and other financial spreadsheets in our Free Financial Resources page on the website.

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future shows you can send them to me and I will integrate them into a future show. Please Email me them at JWFinancialcoaching@gmail.com -You may subscribe to the Podcast either through Feedburner or iTunes.

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Today's podcast kicks off the 3 things we do with money series by discussing spending. Spending, by percentage, is by far the greatest thing we do with money. Jon discusses the difference between good and bad spending as well as how to get control of our spending. In addition, we discuss why it is important to know your weaknesses with spending and how that can impact your financial plan.  

As mentioned in the podcast, my friend Aaron Nichols wrote a good blog post on his website comparing how we manage our finances through either our windshield or our rearview mirror.

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future shows you can send them to me and I will integrate them into a future show. Please Email me them at JWFinancialcoaching@gmail.com -You may subscribe to the Podcast either through Feedburner or iTunes.

You can find prior editions of the podcast at the podcast archive page

March 2, 2011  
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Today we talk a little bit about the three things we do with money; give, spend, and save. Learn why each one is important and why it is important that you work on all three. In addition, Jon cites an article from Fidelity claiming that the average balance in 401(K) accounts is at a 10 year high. Why is this not front page news?  Jon goes into the reasons why.

If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future shows you can send them to me and I will integrate them into a future show. Please Email me them at JWFinancialcoaching@gmail.com -You may subscribe to the Podcast either through Feedburner or iTunes.

You can find prior editions of the podcast at the podcast archive page