Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Money Minded Moms...

Hard to believe but the first quarter of 2011 is almost coming to a close!

Do you make New Year's Resolutions?
Diet? Exercise? Financial Freedom?

Check. Check. Check!

Last summer Suze Orman launched an online community, a site devoted to helping moms make smarter money choices. Suze has revamped the site and partnered with a team of MoneyMindedMoms bloggers, some of whom you may recognize, to bring you more perspectives on money-related topics.

MoneyMindedMoms community members have free access to valuable, easy to follow advice about topics such as erasing and managing debt, raising money minded kids and coupons and discounts. Providing sound advice is Suze’s top priority and she takes the time to personally respond to questions from members.

The site offers useful tools like a debt eliminator and expense tracker, a coupon savings center, as well as forums for sharing stories and insights with like-minded moms.

To help get started with taking control of finances and getting back on track this year, Suze has also created a list of the 11 things moms can do to increase their financial savvy in 2011:
Stand in your truth
Make finances a family affair
Live below your means but within your needs
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst
Get rid of credit card debt
Save an 8-month emergency fund
Fund your 401k to the match
Fund your Roth IRA to the max
Start a 529 plan for your kids’ college education
Be “happy you did” vs. “wishing you hadn’t”
Never forget people first, then money, then things

I recently received a copy of Suze's book - ACTION PLAN - (New Rules for New Times) from MoneyMindedMoms through MyBlogSpark.

So much has changed on the financial landscape that it’s hard to know which moves are the right ones to make. Suze Orman’s million-copy bestselling financial action plan—fully revised and updated for 2010 and beyond—will show you the way.

***Are you on the road to financial freedom?
How are you getting your finances in order this year?

Leave a comment here and be entered to win your own copy of Suze's book ACTION PLAN!

** Each money saving tip you enter via the comments (one tip per comment please!) will count as 1 entry for the book give away. Enter as many times as you wish between now and March 24th. One winner will be drawn on that date via **

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  1. We are debt free thanks to following Dave Ramsey's plan in 2007 and 2008. This year, we are getting our finances in order by trying to save up cash to buy a small SUV and resist the temptation of getting a loan. We're also taking advantage of our employees flex spending plans to make the cost of full time daycare a little less painful!

    omgababy at gmail

  2. Plan for those expenses that happen every year. Car tags. Christmas. Birthdays. Car insurance if it's not deducted monthly. I put aside $8 a month (which seems like nothing) so I don't go "Oh crap, where am I gonna get $100 for my car tags" when that bill comes. Yearly stuff (or bi-yearly) shouldn't come as a surprise to you and your fiances!

  3. Buying a house has forced us to look more closely at our spending habits. Just being aware of them and not spending aimlessly has been a huge help for me.

  4. My finances are in the dumpster- I lost my job and I'm barely making the essential bills. I'm looking into different ways to earn $$$ this year, other than robbing a bank-LOL!!!
    pjames330 at aol dot com

  5. I'm planning on selling my children's barely used clothes at a consignment shop-every little bit helps!
    pjames330 at aol dot com



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