How Do You Budget for the Unexpected?

So, you’ve built a budget. You’ve taken a colossal first step toward a successful financial life. And then the unthinkable happens – you’re hit with a huge unexpected expense.

If you’re going through this right now, your head might be spinning. It’s incredibly frustrating to feel like you’ve just started to get your financial life on track, only to have it derailed by something you couldn’t have possibly predicted. In the moment, unexpected expenses feel like a personal attack on your financial wellbeing.

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What’s Your Worth?

You may have heard about net worth statements in the past. For a lot of people, it conjures up an image of the rich and famous. The truth is, everyone has a net worth statement – even you. Tracking your net worth over time can help you to see your complete financial picture and ensure that you’re trending in the right direction.

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Setting Concrete Money Goals

The past few months, we’ve been doing something new here at Newleaf Financial Guidance: We’ve been building out a comprehensive case study to showcase how Newleaf works with new clients. Our case study participants, Josh and Sarah Ackerman, aren’t real people. However, the problems they face, and the solutions we create together, are all-too-relatable.

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Case Study: Building a Budget

The past few months, we have been working our way through a case study of Josh and Sarah Ackerman. Josh and Sarah aren’t real people – they’re entirely fictionalized. However, the financial issues they’re facing are very real. Through this case study, we’re showing you how a couple, like Josh and Sarah, can work with NewLeaf Financial Guidance to create a comprehensive financial plan, conquer their financial fears, and start building a path to their long-term goals.

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Case Study: Handling Cash Flow

Today, I’m helping my new client, the Ackermans, work through how to get a handle on their cash flow. Although overspending has never been an issue in the past, with Josh’s student loan payments kicking in soon – they’re a little worried about their budget.

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Case Study: Starting as a Client

In our last case study post, Josh and Sarah Ackerman had their initial consultation with me and decided to sign on with NewLeaf Financial Guidance. Now, they’re ready for their first-ever client meeting.  

In this meeting, we’ll be talking about something that’s more important than any other aspect of Josh and Sarah’s financial plan: their goals and values.  

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Case Study: Our First Meeting

Josh and Sarah Ackerman decided it was time to get proactive about their financial planning. One of Josh’s OD friends brought up NewLeaf Financial Guidance as a solution because of our experience working with ODs and their families. They book an initial consultation, which I view as an opportunity for us to get to know one another and determine whether we’re a good fit. My goal for this initial meeting is to cover a few key questions that will help Josh and Sarah understand who I am, and what NewLeaf Financial Guidance is all about. 

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Case Study: Examining How NewLeaf Works With Clients

I’m all about shaking things up, and I want to make sure that all marketing through NewLeaf Financial Guidance is adding value to my readers. That’s why, for the next few months, I’m trying something different.  

I’m going to walk you through a case study – step by step. Each blog post in the case study will talk about the steps I take when working with a new client, the problems they’re most consistently facing, and how we solve them by working together to create unique financial solutions.  

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Building a Budget

Building a budget is the groundwork for all successful financial plans. As you move toward creating a comprehensive financial strategy, understanding your spending habits, and allocating your funds wisely is the first step in setting yourself up for long-term success.

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Forward-Thinking Tax Strategies for Next Year’s Filing Season

Tax season can be a stressful time. Getting organized, finding a trusted CPA or going the DIY route, and determining whether you’re getting a refund or need to make a payment are all overwhelming parts of the tax season process. The worst part? It can be hard to know whether you’re getting a refund or that you’ll owe money to the IRS because you’ve underpaid.

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