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Money Making Sense

Money Making Sense host Heather Kelly doesn’t like to use dirty words like "budget" and "frugal." Instead, she focuses on how to find financial peace by better allocating your paychecks and analyzing the impact of simple family decisions. Each episode approaches the topic of personal finance from both a cost-savings and revenue-generating perspective. Covered topics include: vacationing on a budget, accumulating retirement savings on a limited income, optimizing your 401k and insurance plans, reducing household expenses, the financial impact of owning a pet, maximizing value when de-cluttering and selling personal property. Money Making Sense will give you practical ideas on how to improve your bottom line. Money Making Sense is a 2017 Podcast Awards Nominee.
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Dec 15, 2017

Host heather Kelly is joined by Tax Planner Bob Thomas of Jones Simkins to discuss what you need in order to file your taxes for 2017... and beyond. Have you had a major life change this year?  Did you tell your CPA? If you don't have an accountant, Bob can help you:

http://jones-simkins.com/

And be sure to check out all the other tax and money advice on Heather's Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/

or subscribe via i-Tunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cents-cents-ability/id1142678783?mt=2 

 

Dec 13, 2017

Sending a physical holiday card could be the key to getting promoted or getting a better job.  But, President of Allison & Taylor, Jeff Shane says there are some rules of etiquette.  Find out why e-cards just won't work if you want to be memorable at work.

https://allisontaylor.com/

And find out the 8 'Do's and Dont's' for sending workplace greetings.  Jeff Shane says it's the little things which could potentially offend bosses that are often times mentioned during background checks.

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Dec 6, 2017

Host Heather Kelly is joined by Steve Morgan, President of Westminster College to discuss the value of an education.

https://www.westminstercollege.edu/

What is the difference between a Liberal Arts and a technical school?  Is one better than another?  Tune into this bonus episode to get some insight into how you learn will affect you the rest of your life.

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Nov 29, 2017

The largest breach of a credit rating company happened in spring of 2017.  More than 145 million people affected.  Kiplinger's Personal Finance contributing editor, Lisa Gerstner has the tips you need to prevent thieves from stealing your money and/or your ID.

www.kiplinger.com

Find out what to do if you see strange activity on your credit report.  AND... is there anything you can do to keep someone from using your Social Security number once they have it?

 https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/

 

 

Nov 22, 2017

Is the person asking for your charitable donation from a legitimate organization?  Host Heather Kelly learns how to identify a REAL Charity from a fraud.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/

Why should you give more money to your favorite charity THIS year and not wait til 2018?  The Chief Financial Officer for the Great Salt Lake Council of Boyscouts, Brian Sheets, explains.

https://www.saltlakescouts.org/boy-scouts

Find out why if the either the Senate or House new tax plan passes Congress, charities believe they will be in trouble and won't see as much money.

 

 

Nov 17, 2017

Every year from October 15 - December 7, you can elect to change, or keep, your Medicare plan.  But, how do you know which plan is best for you?  Contributing Editor from Kiplinger Personal Finance, Kim Lankford, joins host Heather Kelly to take the intimidation out of the sign up process.

www.kiplinger.com

But, what if you don't turn 65 until after the open enrollment?  Kim give the resources you need to get started.  And, she explains the difference between Medicare Part A, B, C, and D in this episode of Money Making Sense.

 

Nov 15, 2017

Getting into the college of your choice is dependent on how you will pay.  If you can't afford the tuition, where do you turn?  Host Heather Kelly is joined by President of Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Steve Morgan, to discuss who can help you, can you work your tuition off, and when should you start looking?

http://college-tuition.startclass.com/l/4103/Westminster-College

Also find out why it's so important to visit the Campus in person before deciding which College or University to attend.

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Nov 8, 2017

In this Bonus Episode with Certified Financial Planner Shane Stewart from DMBA  https://www.dmba.com/ and millennial Jason Jensen, we find out how ready Jason is to tackle investing.

Is it better to learn how to invest on your own, or use a financial planner.  Jason tells us what he plans to do.

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Nov 8, 2017

In this Bonus Episode with Certified Financial Planner Shane Stewart from DMBA  https://www.dmba.com/ and millennial Jason Jensen, we find out how ready Jason is to tackle investing.

Is it better to learn how to invest on your own, or use a financial planner.  Jason tells us what he plans to do.

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Nov 1, 2017

"How do I save for an emergency fund, let alone for retirement?"  This is a question many people ask themselves all the time.  I'm joined by millennial, Jason Jensen, who has 5-kids under 13-years of age to support, and Certified Financial Adviser, Shane Stewart, to discuss his financial situation.

https://www.dmba.com/

And, it's a common problem across the United States and the world.  When someone doesn't know how to start looking at their finances, how do they save for the future?  We take a real-life case with Jason, and walk through the steps to get him on the road to financial security.

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 To hear the rest of the interview, go to "This is why your financial vital signs are on life support" AUDIO ONLY episode.

Nov 1, 2017

"How do I save for an emergency fund, let alone for retirement?"  This is a question many people ask themselves all the time.  I'm joined by millennial, Jason Jensen, who has 5-kids under 13-years of age to support, and Certified Financial Advisor, Shane Stewart, to discuss his financial situation.

https://www.dmba.com/

And, it's a common problem across the United States and the world.  When someone doesn't know how to start looking at their finances, how do they save for the future?  We take a real-life case with Jason, and walk through the steps to get him on the road to financial security.

https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/

 

Oct 30, 2017

The period from October 31st to December 31st is the busiest shopping time of year.  And if we aren't careful, we can easily overspend our allocated shopping dollars and go into debt.

Clint Peterson of Eide Bailly www.eidebailly.com has great advice on how to keep spending under control and stay out of bankruptcy court due to gifts and parties.

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Oct 26, 2017

In a bonus episode about diversity with Dr. Marco Barker, the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity officer at Westminster College, https://www.westminstercollege.edu/about/office-of-the-president/presidents-cabinet we find out how staffing a bomb shelter is related to how we choose to interact with and hire at work.

Dr. Barker explains how the 'Four Frames' of business (Symbolic, Structural, Human Resources, and Political) affect whom we hire.  And, if you understand these four frames, you can change how you perceive those whom are different from ourselves.

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Oct 25, 2017

Not having diversity in the workplace can affect your bottom line.  Are you hearing from the voice you are selling to?  The Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President at Westminster College, Dr. Marco Barker, explains how to rethink the homogeneous company in favor of different colors, religions, sexes, and disabilities.

https://www.westminstercollege.edu/about/office-of-the-president/presidents-cabinet

But, we also discuss the importance of having individuals from various backgrounds to interact with on a personal level.  How does the  Christian man working in a mainly all white, male workforce benefit from having women, Muslims, and/or Veterans as his co-workers.  Find out in this episode of Money Making Sense.

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Oct 18, 2017

The owner of The Artist Evolution marketing agency says 'Don't buy a duck' to succeed in business.  CEO Derek Champagne takes us through the steps to brand your business.  http://www.theartistevolution.com/

Whether you sell candles out of your basement or are a multi-million dollar company, these tips will help you launch your product to the right demographic.  And execute a marketing plan.

And if you can't get to Derek in person, his book 'Don't Buy a Duck' will help you save money as you become an entrepreneur.   http://dontbuyaduck.com/.

You can also get an entire course of marketing materials, some for free, at https://champagnemarketingcourses.com.  So, if you aren't afraid to fail, or to succeed, and are ready to make the leap as a business owner, this is the episode for you.

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Oct 4, 2017

This week we revisit the subject of DIY versus hiring a contractor.  The host of DIY Network's 'Man Caves,' Jason Cameron, joins Heather Kelly to discuss when hiring a professional is actually cheaper than doing it yourself.  

(The picture on this episode cover will explain a lot).

http://jasoncamerononline.com/

Find out the best way to learn how to tile, what R-value means and what type of products you can use if you are worried about off-gassing.

Hopefully you get inspired to try some projects on your own.  But, also get a sense of when it will save you money to hire a professional.

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Sep 27, 2017

Do you know how to get through unexpected life-events?  Deseret News Business Reporter Jasen Lee joins host Heather Kelly for a talk about how even the best savers can face money problems.

Jasen says learning at a young age, when you get your first job, to save a portion of you paycheck is the best way to form good financial habits.  And find out what he says was the best advice he ever got.

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Jasen is a fellow podcaster of the show 'Voices of Reason.'  You can listen to his show with co-host Amy Donaldson here:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/voices-of-reason/id1178725510?mt=2

And read his business articles at https://www.deseretnews.com/author/21634/Jasen-Lee.html

Sep 22, 2017

The dark net is where criminals go to conduct illegal activities.  But how does it work?  And should law abiding citizens be concerned about the underbelly of the internet?

Host Heather Kelly goes in-depth with guest the Director of Information Security Services at Tanner, LLC, John Pohlman, to get some answers.  

http://tannerco.com/

Find out why crypto-currencies are the commodity of choice for website criminals, why companies never say they are 'hack proof' and if your nanny cam is at risk from hackers. 

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Sep 20, 2017

Host Heather Kelly asks listeners 'What's your problem?'  If you are dealing with an issue with which you need help, or don't know where to look, send her a message on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense

If she doesn't know the answer from her experiences as a Hospital Director or with her degree in Management and as a Certified Bookkeeper, she'll find the expert to help you.

Subscribe to Money Making Sense via Apple Podcasts and you won't miss the answers to your questions.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cents-cents-ability/id1142678783?mt=2

 

Sep 13, 2017

A major credit reporting agency was hacked this year.  And 143-million people could be impacted.  Now is the time to be pro-active and make sure your aren't victim to identity theft.

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com  

Equifax is giving EVERY Consumer access to FREE identity theft protection and credit file monitoring for ONE YEAR.  But, the fine print says they will start charging at the end of that year.  If you sign up for this service, set a reminder on your calendar to cancel at the end of the 1st year.

Utah's Governor is also giving help to those who may be affected by this Equifax hack at https://sbi.utah.gov/cyber-crimes/what-is-a-cyber-crime.  And you can contact the FBI if you know you've been the victim of Identity Theft through their website  https://fbi.gov/investigate/cyber.

You can also send any questions you have to me via my facebook page, and if I can't answer it myself, I will find the right expert who can.

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Sep 6, 2017

We have wellness gurus, sports trainers, and dieticians to help us achieve our goals.  Do you need a 'Debt Coach?'Anthony Hernandez, a Debt Analysis specialist, has the info you need to get "Financially Fit."

https://financiallyfit.com/

Knowing how to focus your extra money toward paying off credit cards, auto loans, or any other type of bill is key to becoming debt free.  It's called the Snowball effect, described and used by many financial gurus.

Once your debt is paid off, you need to have skills to start building your wealth or saving towards retirement or becoming a World Champion Ballroom dancer.  It's easy to slide into bad habits and be crushed by debt AGAIN if you don't have the right tools.

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Aug 30, 2017

Shopper extraordinaire, Holly Barraclough, is back to give us the skinny on how to save money on all your back-to-school supplies.  Check out https://www.raise.com/  or  https://www.cardcash.com/  to buy gift cards to your favorite retailers at a reduced rate.

Also, find out how to get your kids involved in getting their school supplies  --from scavenger hunts to school supply swaps.  Don't forget about helping the teachers who teach your kids by taking care of supplies the classroom needs.

Let's not forget about college students.  You can rent textbooks, instead of buy them, at http://www.chegg.com.  AND... find out what Holly says is the 'Biggest Waste of Money' a college student, or parent, can do.

 

Aug 25, 2017

Parents across the U.S. are feeling the pinch as they pay for back to school supplies for their kids.  Guests Mike Beach, Vice President of Finance at Southern Utah University and Susan Speirs, CEO of Utah Association of CPAs has tips on how to save money and prepare for the future.

www.uacpa.org

Host Heather Kelly finds out when the best time to buy your back-to-school supplies is... and the answer may surprise you.  Also, when should our high school kids start thinking about college tuition help?

https://www.suu.edu/scholarships.html

And teachers can get tax breaks any supplies they need to purchase for their classrooms.  But, can parents?  We answer that question on this week's episode of Money Making Sense.

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Aug 23, 2017

Should contraception be covered by insurance companies?  In Part 5 of Fixing Health Series, Dr. Brian Shiozawa, the Republican Utah State Senator from District 8 https://www.facebook.com/voteshiozawa/   and Dr. Kathie Allen, a Democrat running to replace Jason Chaffetz in the 3rd Congressional District http://www.drkathieforcongress.com/townhall/ tell host Heather Kelly what they think about the controversial subject.

Then they cover the subject of Pharmaceutical companies paying their CEO's exorbitant amounts of money at the expense of their employees and their customers' lives. 

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Aug 21, 2017

In part 4 of "Fixing Health Care" series, guests Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen, http://www.drkathieforcongress.com/townhall/  running for Jason Chaffetz seat in the 3rd Congressional Distric and Republican Senator Dr. Brian Shiozawa https://www.facebook.com/voteshiozawa/  representing District 8 of in Utah talk about what should be repealed from the Affordable Care Act.  

And find out what was one of the 'unintended' consequences of Obamacare. 

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