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6 Reasons Folks Work With A Financial Coach

Personal finance is such a taboo subject.  I mean, folks really hate talking about money for some reason.

A recent study found that 74% of people will not discuss money with a financial professional.

We can point the finger at shame, insecurity, or even fear as some of the top reasons why, but the truth is, not talking about money can be detrimental to your financial health.

So what about the other 26%? What are some of the top reasons they are willing to gain additional insight when it comes to money? […]

The Key To Paying $61,000 Worth of Debt In 16 Months

If you live in South Texas like me, you know there is very little chance of snow ever happening. As a matter of fact, I’ve been in Houston since 2004, and I’ve only seen it snow twice.

To make matters worse, snow in Houston doesn’t stick to the ground for more than a few hours.

For this reason, you’ll see kids run outside the instant they catch a glimpse of snow. Not too far behind will be their parents with cameras to snap memories of this phenomenon.  […]

Houston Financial Coach

The Story Behind Paying Off $61k In Only 16 Months

Emergencies happen. be prepared.

Despite what you may believe, I have not always been Michael of Black Sheep Finance.

Truthfully speaking, there was a 3 year stretch where I made almost every financial mistake you imaginable.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the first time I actually used a credit card.

It was February 2011 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Financial Coaching

6 Simple Habits Keeping You Broke

It’s no secret that most Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. What’s shocking is how little the average American knows about personal finance. As a result, Financial Coach Michael Lacy has shared 6 simple mistakes that keep you broke.  […]

How To Budget Like A Boss

If you were to ask a group of people how they currently budget, the majority would say that they just use an app like Mint to track their expenses or they don’t budget at all.

A solid financial coach would tell you that a zero-based budget is the most effective way to budget. A zero-based budget is one that gives every dollar earned a responsibility before it ever touches your account.

This doesn’t mean that your account hits zero every month, but, rather, that there is no dollar unaccounted for. For example, any extra money you have after covering your necessities would go directly towards paying down debt, savings, investing, etc.

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