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Money Making Sense

Money Making Sense is a 2017 People’s Choice Podcast Awards (#PCA17) finalist. Host Heather Kelly 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, reducing household expenses, the financial impact of owning a pet, and how money affects relationships. Money Making Sense will give you practical ideas on how to improve your bottom line.
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Apr 12, 2017

Do you wake up every morning surrounded by piles of stuff?  The owner of First Security Financial, Trent Dransfield, can help you bring energy and money into your life by getting rid of items in your home.  

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Do you have vintage board games, old smart phones, or even chargers?  They can make you quite of bit of money if you part with them.  And you could discover you have more than one of the same item, like hats, shoes, or office supplies.  Plus, you may find things you didn't even know you owned when you de-clutter.

And how does de-cluttering get you a better price on the home you want to sell and save you money when you move?  Find out on this episode of Money Making Sense with Heather Kelly.

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Apr 5, 2017

It's no secret the cost of medication keeps rising.  And it's affecting those people who need it the most.  The Outreach Program Director, Peter Hebertson, and the Medicaire Options Coordinator, McKenzie Scott, for Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services joins host Heather Kelly to discuss this growing problem.

If you are in the United States on a fixed income, lower income, or struggling to pay for needed prescriptions and health care, you can go to http://www.eldercare.gov/ to find the help closest to you.  Aging & Adult service coordinators across the country are trained to find the best cost savings whether your on Medicare, Medicaid, SHIP or no insurance at all.  

You can also call 385-468-3200 for general information.  And there are programs worldwide designed to help people who need assistance paying for life-saving medications and health care.

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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? http://www.wsrp.com/  

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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, MSEC.org, 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.

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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. http://jasoncamerononline.com/

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? 

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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 www.westminstercollege.edu 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?  

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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 MileCards.com, 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: http://milecards.com/best-airports-for-transit-global-and-u-s-2017-rankings/  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.

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Feb 22, 2017

Are you planning a trip or just going out to dinner at a local restaurant?  KSL News Radio reporter Mark Jackson https://twitter.com/KSLMarkJackson has the skinny on Apps that will save you money.

Do you need a hotel room for a last minute business trip, spring fling or just to get out of town?  HotelTonight will present you with a good deal... but you need to know when to book.  How about a concert, play or sporting event?  SeatGeek will get you great prices at almost any arena, large or small.  Or do you struggle to figure out how much tip to leave your server?  What if you're in a large group and need to split the bill?  TipCalculator can help.

And for all your shopping needs Flipp can help you find the best deals close to your location on groceries, clothing, and even fast food.  

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Feb 15, 2017

The most important thing to know before meeting a sales person is: 'What's the goal?'  Do you want the phone to ring, on-line website traffic, or people physically walking in your door.

Not sure where to advertise?  Should you advertise?  Can you really drive sales to your business?  These questions and more are discussed with KSL Account Manager Ryan Uffens.  

What questions should you ask a sales rep who wants to take your money?  What return on investment should you expect when paying out to bring people to your door?  And how much money does it cost for on-line advertising?  

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Feb 8, 2017

Winter weather has taken a toll on drivers, state troopers and road crews.  Find out how your tax dollars are impacted when Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant Todd Royce sits down with host Heather Kelly.

They discuss how bad behavior impacts the amount of crashes seen when people drive too fast for the road conditions.  Car repairs, medical bills, and loss of work productivity all effect your pocket book.

And don't forget about the costs of paying police and snowplow drivers overtime.  They get paid by the public and next year your tax rate could increase to pay depleted government funds.

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Feb 6, 2017

Did you come into an inheritance this past year?  It could be completely tax free.  Or, you may owe some fees.  Brandon Allfrey, a member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org, has the info you need to help itemize your deductions.

Do you have to pay for a cell phone bill that you use for work?  You might be able to deduct the expenses.  Have you moved for a new job?  Find out why a CPA can help you get the biggest tax liability reduction or tax refund.

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Feb 6, 2017

Is my tuition tax deductible?  Can I claim my child as a dependent while they are in college?  CPA Mike Criddle from the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org answers some of the questions you may have about paying taxes on a student loan your child has, but you co-signed.  Find out more on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

Is my tuition tax deductible?  Can I claim my child as a dependent while they are in college?  CPA Mike Criddle from the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org answers some of the questions you may have about paying taxes on a student loan your child has, but you co-signed.  Find out more on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

The IRS will not call you.  PERIOD.  If you get a phone call from someone demanding immediate payment for taxes, hang up the phone.  CPA Garrett Koerner of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the various ways scammers try to take your money.  He also explains how to protect yourself from getting that phone call.  But, there are other scams out there as well.  This show will help you identify the scams and find out how a CPA can protect you.

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Feb 6, 2017

The IRS will not call you.  PERIOD.  If you get a phone call from someone demanding immediate payment for taxes, hang up the phone.  CPA Garrett Koerner of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the various ways scammers try to take your money.  He also explains how to protect yourself from getting that phone call.  But, there are other scams out there as well.  This show will help you identify the scams and find out how a CPA can protect you.

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Feb 6, 2017

Can you claim a child going to college as a deduction?  Did you know you might be able to claim a married child on your taxes?  CPA Angie Morris from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will guide us through some of the more interesting ways of claiming children, adult and under 17, as deductions.  Or better yet, getting a tax credit.  Are you sharing custody of a child?  Which parent gets to claim them on your taxes?  Find out on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

Can you claim a child going to college as a deduction?  Did you know you might be able to claim a married child on your taxes?  CPA Angie Morris from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will guide us through some of the more interesting ways of claiming children, adult and under 17, as deductions.  Or better yet, getting a tax credit.  Are you sharing custody of a child?  Which parent gets to claim them on your taxes?  Find out on this episode.

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Feb 6, 2017

Do you give to charities?  You may be able to deduct your donations, money & items, on your taxes.  CPA David Cash from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org explains when charitable donations kick in.  He'll also discuss moving expenses.  Can you take deductions any time you move, no matter how close or far away?  And, don't forget about your car.  When it counts as personal property and when it doesn't for tax deductions.

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Feb 6, 2017

Do you give to charities?  You may be able to deduct your donations, money & items, on your taxes.  CPA David Cash from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org explains when charitable donations kick in.  He'll also discuss moving expenses.  Can you take deductions any time you move, no matter how close or far away?  And, don't forget about your car.  When it counts as personal property and when it doesn't for tax deductions.

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Feb 6, 2017

What is the monetary penalty for not having insurance?  Did you only have health insurance for part of the year?  CPA Mariah Nielsen from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the complications of the Affordable Care Act.  There's a lot of extra paperwork for everyone whether you've carried health insurance or not; so having a CPA to guide you is important.  And how about business owners?  How does 'Obama Care' affect you?

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Feb 6, 2017

What is the monetary penalty for not having insurance?  Did you only have health insurance for part of the year?  CPA Mariah Nielsen from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org walks us through the complications of the Affordable Care Act.  There's a lot of extra paperwork for everyone whether you've carried health insurance or not; so having a CPA to guide you is important.  And how about business owners?  How does 'Obama Care' affect you?

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Feb 6, 2017

Are you behind in saving for retirement?  How much can you contribute to an IRA fund to get caught up?  How will those contributions help my bottom line on my taxes?  CPA Robert Cole from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will walk us through the differences of a Roth & Traditional IRA.  And at what age can you add additional funds?

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Feb 6, 2017

Are you behind in saving for retirement?  How much can you contribute to an IRA fund to get caught up?  How will those contributions help my bottom line on my taxes?  CPA Robert Cole from Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants UACPA.org will walk us through the differences of a Roth & Traditional IRA.  And at what age can you add additional funds?

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