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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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May 23, 2018

Author and inspirational speaker Anthony Oneal joins host Heather Kelly to talk about being homeless at 19, getting out of debt and going cash only.

Anthony's life experiences led him to write the book "5 Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make in College" and to produce the "Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox."  They have great information for teens and young adults to help stay out of debt and off the streets.

You can follow this show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

 

 

May 17, 2018

Knowing where to start a budget can be a head-scratcher.  Should you use an app?  Which app is best?  Or should you use the old standby pen and paper?  

Ben Luthi of Student Loan Hero has details on apps, spreadsheets and websites which can help you allocate your expenses and know where your paycheck is going.

Ben also talks about being a credit card churner.  Can it help with your credit card debt?  Or should you even try it?

 

May 9, 2018

The 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12th.  It's a nationwide event.  Utah Food Bank President and CEO, Ginette Bott explains how you can help feed those who don't know where their next meal is coming from. 

The Utah Food Bank helps 'fight hunger statewide.'  More than 392,000 people miss at least one meal a day in Utah alone.  And they aren't homeless.  Many families have to choose between paying to have a roof over their heads or paying for food.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

May 9, 2018

The President and CEO of the Utah Food Bank says many children will not have any food at all when they are out of school during the summer vacation.  Ginette Bott explains many Utah children receive 2-meals a day from their school, but go without a third meal at home.

Utah Food Bank supplies deplete faster during the summer than any other time of the year.  And, food banks aren't allowed to receive left-over food from restaurants.  Find out what other items you should not donate.

For more information on how to donate food, money or your time to those in need, click on this link.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

 

May 9, 2018

More than 392,000 Utahns go without at least one meal a day.  Where can you get food if you don't know where you're next meal is coming from?  In Part 1 of my conversation with President and CEO of Utah's Food Bank, Ginette Bott gives information on why people are going hungry and where to get food.

For more information on how to donate food, money or your time to those in need, click on this link.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

 

 

 

May 2, 2018

How can you save for retirement when you can barely afford rent and food?  Certified Financial Planner Kevin Bauer from BCJ Financial Group has some tips.

And, what if you need to borrow from your 401k, but are below the retirement age requirement for taking money out of the account.  Kevin explains how you can borrow the money and pay yourself back.

And anyone wanting help with their will or estate planning but can't afford the regular fee for an attorney, this website can help.  bcjwealthfocus.com

You can follow Money Making Sense on Twitter and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

 

Apr 28, 2018

If you haven't changed your W-4 for a few years, you'll want to do it for 2018.  The new tax code could hugely affect how your deductions are calculated.  

Certified Public Accountant Jay Niederhauser has three of the top reasons why it's important to get your W-4 up to date.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

 

Apr 25, 2018

What is the difference between 'Fee Only' and 'Fee Based' investment brokers, and which one is right for me.  Certified Financial Planner Benjamin Brandt explains the differences.  It's very important to know this info as one of the two may not make the best decisions for you and your pocketbook.

And, if you can't afford the fees for ongoing financial planning, Benjamin find out why he says XY Planning Network may work for you. 

You can follow this show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

Apr 18, 2018

Thought you needed hundreds of thousands of dollars to get into the real estate business?  Guest Billy Holden explains how to get properties for pennies on the dollars.

Billy and host Heather Kelly then talk about how to get the best deals to furnish your property.  Whether you are buying for yourself, or trying to fill lots of houses, this show has great tips.

And find out how Billy bought $1000 dollars worth of merchandise for less than 4-cents.  YES!  4-CENTS.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

 

Apr 10, 2018

April 10th is National Equal Pay Day.  The day each year, historically, it takes women to receive the same amount of pay as their male counterparts make in a calendar year.  The average pay a woman takes home is 82-percent of a man's wages.  In Utah, women only make 70-percent for every dollar a man does.

Kevin Bauer of BCJ Financial, has 3-tips women should do to make sure they are set for retirement.  And he discusses with host Heather Kelly why it's important women to make the same amount a man does for the same work.

You can follow the show on Twitter and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

Apr 4, 2018

If you own any type of cryptocurrency, do you have to pay taxes on it?  Tax partner Garrett Koerner of Tanner LLC discusses how the IRS treats Bitcoin, Etherium, Litecoin, etc.  

And how about the Security Exchange Commission?  How do they want to regulate this imaginary form of money?  Host Heather Kelly gets a lesson in how not to get taxed or have the SEC come after her digital currency.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

Mar 30, 2018

It's the hottest thing going, but how much do you know about cryptocurrency?  Tax partner Garrett Koerner of Tanner LLC has everything you need to delve into this imaginary form of money, how to get it, and what to do with it once you have it.

Garrett also explains to host Heather Kelly about Blockchain and how owning stock in a Cryptocurrency isn't the same as having it.

You can follow the show on Twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  And to see what Heather does when she's not talking money, go to her personal Twitter page.

Mar 28, 2018

The beauty industry is raking in over 60-billion dollars a year telling men and women they have flaws, and then selling them something to try and fix it.  But, Dr. Lexie Kite of Beauty Redefined says it's your inside, not the outer image that needs to be fixed.  And it will save you money in the long run.

Host Heather Kelly learns how to spot when the media, and society, objectifies women and takes their money on this episode of Money Making Sense.

 

 

Mar 23, 2018

In part 2 of 'The Cost of Beauty,' host Heather Kelly talks to Dr. Lexie Kite of Beauty Redefined about all the billboards telling women they have baggy eyelids, hair loss is bad, and liposuction is a must.  It's a 60-billion dollar a year industry and it's objectifying women and men.

Find out how being 'more than a body' can change your life and help your pocket-book on this episode of Money Making Sense.  

Mar 21, 2018

Salt Lake City is one of the most densely populated cities in the country for plastic surgeons per capita -- rivaling Beverly Hills.  And the doctors are doing everything they can to make women feel flawed about some part of their body to garner business.  

Host Heather Kelly of Money Making Sense is joined by Dr. Lexie Kite of Beauty Redefined to discuss the how much money men and women spend in an attempt to fit the media's image of the perfect person.  

This is Part 1 of a three part episode on 'The Cost of Beauty.'  Subscribe to the show via iTunes here and never miss another episode.

Mar 15, 2018

Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton  joins host Heather Kelly in Part 2 of their discussion on the cost of being an athlete.  Scott says having a purpose in life is key.  In order to 'Finish First,' you need to dream, give yourself permission to succeed and a game plan.   Find out where to start if you, or your child, wants to pursue athletics at the highest level.

 

Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on Twitter. 

Mar 14, 2018

Olympic gold medalist, Scott Hamilton joins host Heather Kelly in studio to discuss the cost of being an athlete. But, it's not just about the having to buy equipment and pay for coaches. Scott explains how to keep a balanced life, relationships, and your athletic dreams intact.

Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio. You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook.  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

Mar 9, 2018

What happens when you're adopted child asks 'how much did I cost?'  Guest Sandy Collins, whose daughter was adopted from China, has faced this question.  She walks us through the process of overseas adoption and how it differs from the U.S. and the different struggles faced in both options.

What if you have to wait 11 years for a child?  And find out why its less expensive, and easier, to adopt from overseas** than here in America.  And how to avoid scams and illegal adoptions.

Host Heather Kelly also learned about different support groups for people looking to find new family members like 'Families with Children from China' in Part 2 of "The Cost of Adoption" on Money Making Sense.  

**Since this program was recorded, the U.S. Government is making regulatory changes to overseas adoptions, making it more expensive to adopt from another country.

 

Mar 7, 2018

Did you know you can pay adoption fees by the month?  Host Heather Kelly didn't.  Guest Sandy Collins also explains how adopting overseas** is easier in most cases than in the United States.

Find out what steps need to occur from the moment you first consider adoption to when you welcome a new child into your family in Part 1 of "The Cost of Adoption" on Money Making Sense.

 **Since this program was recorded, the U.S. Government is making regulatory changes to overseas adoptions, making it more expensive to adopt from another country.

 

Mar 2, 2018

How old is too old for your child to be added as a deduction on your taxes?  There is an age limit, even if they're still in college.  Certified Public Accountant Mitchell Moncur, partner at Jones Simkins https://www.agc-utah.org/list/member/jones-simkins-llc-salt-lake-city-279912  answers the questions you have about college and tax write-offs.  But, the deductions and credits aren't limited to your child.  You could be eligible for qualifed educational expenses if you go back to school.  

 

Go to http://www.uacpa.org to find the accountant whose right for you.


Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

Feb 28, 2018

Not really.  But scammers are using IRS phone numbers to get people to turn over personal information and credit card numbers and steal money.  Troy Martin, a Certified Public Accountant with Cook Martin Poulson  https://cookmartin.com/ has all the details you need to avoid getting taken for a financial ride.  Find out the first 3 things to do when you get a scary phone call claiming to be from the IRS.

 

Go to http://www.uacpa.org to find the accountant whose right for you.


Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

Feb 26, 2018

You can write off children your taxes; but, only for 2017.  The new tax law changes deductions and credits for dependents.  Certified Public Accountant Austin Galvez of Haynie & Company  http://hayniecpas.com/ explains how much each child is worth.  But, what if they are in college, or adults living at home?  This episode of Money Making Sense will answer those questions and more.

 

Go to http://www.uacpa.org to find the accountant whose right for you.


Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

Feb 23, 2018

The deadline for filing your taxes this year is April 17th.  But that's not why your tax refund could be delayed.  Certified Public Accountant Jodie Hewitson of Tanner LLC  https://tannerco.com/ talks about a new law which requires the IRS to hold refunds.  Also, find out why the deadline moved from April 15 to the 17th on this episode of Money Making Sense.

 Go to http://www.uacpa.org to find the accountant whose right for you.

Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

Feb 21, 2018

A lot of people believe Obamacare is dead.  But, you still need to have proof of insurance to file your taxes.  Certified Public Accountant Brad Poll at Eide Bailly https://www.eidebailly.com/  explains the penalty for not having health coverage will affect through 2018.

 

Go to http://www.uacpa.org to find the accountant whose right for you.


Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

Feb 19, 2018

Is your retirement nest egg underfunded?  It's not too late to contribute more money to your 401k or an IRA and write it off on your taxes for 2017.  Certified Public Accountant MK Mortensen of Grant Thornton https://www.grantthornton.com/ explains.  And he answers the question 'is there a limit as to how much you can contribute?'  

 

Go to http://www.uacpa.org to find the accountant whose right for you.


Money Making Sense is part of KSL NewsRadio.  You can follow the show on twitter @MoneyMakingSens and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoneyMakingSense/  You can also see what Heather does when she's not talking money on twitter @KSLHeatherKelly

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