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3 Simple Steps to Reset Your Finances This Year

Well well well. It’s 2021 and it’s time to get serious about your finances. We’re for that here at Ideal Balance.

Here’s the thing though: don’t allow your brain to overcomplicate it. You just need a nice, simple plan to reset your finances. 

  1. Have a budget meeting. Talk with your spouse or your friend about your goals, your hopes, your dreams, your struggles and your paychecks at this meeting. Sometimes we just need to make it a point to sit down and talk it all out. To really cast a vision for our finances. That’s what a budget meeting is all about. It forces you to be intentional and thoughtful. That’s really what will fuel any of the hard decisions you make-understanding what you’re doing and why.
  2. Get on a budget. Even if your budget has $1000 for eating out, you need to get on a budget. If you decide to start downsizing some of the line items, that’s fine. But start by making a plan for EVERY SINGLE dollar you earn. That’s all a budget really is. Projecting how you’ll spend your money. So, make one and just plan to get a little better each month.
  3. Try using cash for one or more budget line item. Using cash is one of the biggest habit changes our clients go through and it’s also one that creates the most profound results. Our clients typically give us at least a little bit of pushback about using cash. We get it. But once they do use cash they begin to develop an entirely different relationship with their money. First, cash is a REALLY good accountability partner. It’s not like a swipe card that flakes on you- sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. No, cash is either there or it isn’t. Cash also helps you stick to your budget by not messing with your accounts as bills come and go. Cash helps you get used to having money because, we tell you what, if you stick to the plan you will feel like you have more money and you will build wealth. Finally, cash helps you make smarter purchases because studies show you don’t spend as much when it’s cash versus when it’s a card.

If you’re interested in working with us to stop stressing, stop living paycheck to paycheck fill out the contact form here and we’ll be in touch.


Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre focused on Fitness, Family & Finance. We know people are stressed about money, they’re unorganized, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they’re distracted and they’re not thriving. But we believe humans are built to be strong & energetic and that good things come to those who work hard and are disciplined. So we coach people to get healthy, to get organized, & to get debt free. The vision is people having a happy & healthy life they’re proud of. We don’t take excuses but we do get results!

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$40K in 10 Weeks!

We wrapped up our ten week Financial Peace University class this Tuesday! It was sure great. =D We had three couples and three single ladies and we just LOVED all of them!!!!

Between the 9 of them, they paid off $40049 in TEN weeks. They cut up !!!21!!! credit cards y’all!!! We have one couple who moved to Baby Step 3 during the class, we have another couple who will be on to Baby Step 3 in December and another by April!!!! We love what we do! =D

As a reminder, here are the Baby Steps:

  • BABY STEP 1
    Save $1,000 for your starter emergency fund.
  • BABY STEP 2
    Pay off all debt (except the house) using the debt snowball.
  • BABY STEP 3
    Save 3–6 months of expenses in a fully funded emergency fund.
  • BABY STEP 4
    Invest 15% of your household income in retirement.
  • BABY STEP 5
    Save for your children’s college fund.
  • BABY STEP 6
    Pay off your home early.
  • BABY STEP 7
    Build wealth and give generously.

We are Ramsey Solutions Master Financial Coaches and we LOVE teaching Financial Peace University, though we only do it once a year during the fall. There are other ways to get our help if it’s something that’s been on your heart.

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Ideal Balance is The Life Coaching Facility in Navarre, Florida that focuses on Fitness, Family & Finance. We help our clients create the discipline & habits they need to strip off what’s holding them back from living the life God created them to live. We work with clients in 1-on-1 sessions in person and virtually as well as in Small Groups in Personal Training sessions, workshops and other events. We’re on a mission to inject hope and empower our community one client at a time. Contact us if you’d like to find out more.

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The Car Payoff Dance!

What do you do when you pay off your vehicle?

~A HAPPY DANCE~ of course!

Listen as Jess explains why she paid off her 2015 Kia Sedona, how she paid off her van and how she felt when she did it!

As you can see with this video, we work with clients 1-on-1, virtually or in-person, to help them reach their financial goals!

What could you do with your car payment money?

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Should you be funding a vacation right now?

Should you be funding a vacation right now? Good question.

We say yes. We say yes, specifically, because we know you work hard. In fact, a vacation is one of our favorite ways to spend our hard earned money intentionally. This is of course with the disclaimer that you can fund it out of your monthly budget! With that in mind, let’s dive into the how.

One of the best pieces of financial advice we give is to:

Fund your future instead of paying for your past.

This is an important concept that applies to every job your money does, but especially to your vacations! 
Sometimes folks go on vacations and they are stressed about each purchase, each meal, each bill. In their mind, the dollars are ringing up and they don’t really know how they are going to afford it when they get home. This person isn’t much fun during the vacation because they’re stressed. The family with this vacationer may not have as much fun either as they’re worried about whether the super-sized meal they order will set our money-stressed person off. The family then returns home with a bill racked up that they’ll be paying off for another year.
Contrast that with the family that goes on a vacation knowing that all they have to do is enjoy themselves. They’ve made a plan, they’ve funded the plan and all they’ve got to do is show up and enjoy the vacation they’ve worked so hard for. When they get back from vacation, they start dreaming about and setting aside money for the next one!
In this way, we can see how it’s possible to fund the future or pay for the past. 
When advising clients on funding a vacation, we tell them to create a plan for the cost and then set up a sinking fund. A sinking fund is kind of like a savings account, but with a specific purchase. A sinking fund pays for the big expenses in life we know are coming but we don’t want to go into debt to afford such as vacations, Christmas, new HVAC systems or even a new car. The way that sinking fund works is you take your expense and divide it by 12, the number of months in the year, and then you set exactly that amount aside in a special savings account. 
We also sometimes advise clients to “cash-flow” a vacation. For example, you might set aside enough money in your budget in one month to pay for airfare. The next month you might cash flow lodging. Next up you might purchase your venue/entertainment reservations. The month after that, you might purchase your food package. Finally, you’ll set aside how much cash you imagine you’ll need to comfortably get through the vacation.
With either method, you’ll be able to go and enjoy your vacation and bring back only memories rather than debt and stress. 

This is a little preview of what we do. We help clients create a budget & payoff debt. Want to set up a free, no-obligation 15 minute consultation?

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Dos & Don’ts of Budgeting During Uncertainty

Right now there are a lot of things uncertain. What to do with your personal finances doesn’t have to be one of them. Grab your coffee and read about what to DO with your money and what NOT to do right now.

Do:

1. Create a budget for April.

We will always say that’s the priority, but right now it’s especially important. Let’s not ignore the numbers, let’s confront them. You will certainly need to tweak the numbers. Some things will be better (lower gas, less childcare costs), some may be worse (lower income). Just get it on paper.

2. Focus on NOW.

Many people are thinking about May or even September. That’s how overwhelm happens. Focus on the now! Let’s all get through April. No one knows really what’s coming anyway, it’s best to use our time & energy to make this month the best it can be.

3. Cover the four walls first.

This means food, shelter, transportation are the items you cover first in your budget. We’re not paying the credit card bill this month if it means we can’t afford to put food on the family table.

4. Control the controllables.

There’s so much you can’t control right now. You can’t control whether your get to leave your house, keep job and whether your kids are at home until August. And that’s just the beginning! So, let’s focus on what you CAN control.

You CAN control whether you get to work with what’s available. That may be side jobs or a job at Amazon or Target-they’re hiring. It may not be your chosen field, but we know you’ll do what it takes to take care of your family.

You can also be selling stuff or, at the least, simplifying your home during this time. Being productive and making your living space better are wonderful ways to process what’s going on.

You can control your attitude. You can control whether you help spread panic or spread hope.

Remember, the kids are watching. You can control how you frame this for them and how you take advantage of this time with them.

Don‘t:

1. Don’t keep making extra payments.

We’re in storm mode, so we are going to pause being gazelle intense on paying off debt and instead pile up cash until the storm passes. Don’t worry, when everything gets “back to normal,” you’ll have a big pile of money to dump on debt.

2. Pull your money out of investments.

Don’t panic and pull your money from investments. You haven’t lost any money until you do that very thing! Plus, there are so many unintended consequences with doing so. So, just don’t do it!

3. Be willy nilly with your Emergency Fund. 

Right now, everything feels like an emergency. But it’s not, not necessarily. We are still going to ask our three questions before pulling money out of that emergency fund. Is it unexpected, is it necessary and is it urgent? Getting takeout isn’t. Even getting a new dishwasher isn’t. But, losing your job and needing to pay the electric bill somehow, YES! That’s an emergency fund. You need that emergency fund now more than ever, so be very discerning when using it!

This is a little preview of what we do. We help clients create a budget & payoff debt. Want to set up a free, no-obligation 15 minute consultation?