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.
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Mar 31, 2017

Managing partner of WSRP, LLC accounting firm in Utah, Jerry Bregg, joins host Heather Kelly to discuss last minute prep before the tax filing deadline.  Are you getting all the deductions and credits you can?  

Do you have all your W-2s, 1099s, 1098s in place?  Have you been putting off filing your taxes because you may owe money?  You can postpone filing BUT you have to pay your taxes on-time.  How does that work?

And Americans who live out-of-the-country still have to pay taxes even if the company they work for isn't based in the United States.  Tune into this episode find out what you need to know.

Mar 29, 2017

70-years ago, the first issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine welcomed Republicans back to the White House, a bullish Wall Street, and a change in interest rates.... sound familiar? Kiplinger's editor Janet Bodnar joins us on this episode of Money Making Sense to find out if what's old is new again.

In this episode discover:

  • How contributing in a 529 State College Plan can save you money and fund a college education.
  • Is investing in the stock market investing in the U.S. Economy?
  • When is it good to take risks and when do you want to be conservative?
  • Should you buy a new or used car?
  • How to live below your means to build your wealth.

Money Making Sense is hosted by KSL NewsRadio's Heather Kelly. KSL NewsRadio is part of Bonneville Media and based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mar 22, 2017

Financial guru Gary Gygi of Gygi Capital Management discusses financial responsibility after getting out of college.  People with certain degrees are more apt to buy very expensive cars, and other people or more apt to take on excessive credit card debt and not pay it back.

Find out why people with MBA's have the most debt, more than undergrads and PhD's.  How should you 'live your truth?'  AND how choosing a college can start you off on the right foot financially.

Mar 15, 2017

What is PTO and are you getting the most out of this work benefit?  Are you providing a competitive vacation package to your employees for your industry standards?  The Utah President of the Employers Council,, Monica Whalen has the data from a new survey about Paid Time Off policies across the Intermountain West.

Do all full-time employees get the same amount of flexibility when in negotiations for a new job?  Can you swap out extra days off for increased salary.... and should you?  Does having unlimited time off at a job really give you peace of mind?  

And what about part-time employees... what type of benefits can they expect in the workforce? And what are the top 3-things employees are looking for from their employer.

Mar 10, 2017

VIDEO -DIY Network host Jason Cameron joins Heather Kelly for a realistic discussion of what you can reasonably do yourself when it comes to do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and what kinds of renovation work truly require a contractor.

Does it make sense to spend the money on a professional job every time? When and where can you save some cash by taking on a project on your own?

Mar 8, 2017

The latest gender study shows girls feel they are not as smart as boys in math by the time they are 6-years of age.  But, how does this affect the choices women make when going to college and their careers?  And, what if a boy wants to go into a stereo-typical nurturing field like nursing?  How are they treated by society?

Associate professor of sociology from Westminster College, Dr. Kristjane Nordmeyer discusses these issues with host Heather Kelly.  Is it a self-choice not to go into the STEM areas of education?  Are institutions not welcoming to women or are parents not supportive when boys or girls go into a field dominated by the opposite sex?

Mar 1, 2017

Is time or money the deciding factor in how you get to/from an airport?  Maybe both hold equal sway.  Director of, Brian Karimzad, details if the train, Uber/Lyft, or taxi will save you time and/or money in various cities. 

To find out if the airport you're heading to has the best or worst transportation check out this article:  Salt Lake City was ranked 8th best in the U.S. for light rail transportation the the airport.

Best advice is to research your options before you go and know if you prefer to save money, time or both.