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#FridayFollow: Waking Up for Financial and Social Change

Judy Polyne, AFC® is a financial coach and educator, coaching clients towards their financial goals. Through her work as an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU), as well as with local nonprofit organizations, Judy teaches people what they need to understand financial wellness and how to build a brighter financial...

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#FridayFollow – Taking Action Through Trial and Error

Johnie Reed is an AFC® based in Cleveland, Ohio. When asked about his profession, he shares with people that he’s a teacher by training, trade, and occupation. In his role as a financial counselor, he develops relationships based on trust and professional respect. Johnie helps clients change and improve upon their...

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#Friday Follow: Disrupting Historical Patterns

Scott Henderson is a Texas-based AFC® working full-time at a financial planning firm while pursuing his Master’s Degree and running a business and website called Simplifinances. Scott’s vision is to help young people and middle-class Americans simplify their finances so they can start living a life of financial independence. AFCPE: What inspired you...

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#FridayFollow – Finding Resource and Hope Through the Difficult Times

Laura Coleman is a Tennessee-based Accredited Financial Counselor® with a special niche – preparing couples financially for fertility and adoption. After experiencing firsthand the financial burden and stress that accompanies the fertility and adoption process, Laura felt called to start her blog, podcast, and financial coaching practice, Family Money Coaching. In this...

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#FridayFollow – The Power of the Work Within Us

Kyle Grevengoed works as a Military Personal Financial Counselor and a private practitioner. He was inspired to become an AFC® after beginning his career in the lending industry. As an AFC® he has a strong mission and vision to help his clients see the big picture – to “find the hero in...

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#Friday Follow – Coaching from the Heart

Kristy Tubbs is a woman on a mission. She is and the president of Piece of Heart Financial Counseling & Life Coaching, where she teaches people how to heal the heart from the pain of financial woes. In this interview, she shares about her journey from military spouse to financial...

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#FridayFollow – Inspiring financial capability through the universal language of Hip Hop

Pamela Capalad, a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor®, is a fee-only financial planner whose business is called Brunch & Budget. Why brunch, you might ask? Pam says that, “brunch gives us the space to have real, open, and vulnerable conversations. It's about getting to the heart of why we're...

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Does That Pet Fit Your Budget?

Most people, at some point in their life, decide to get a pet. They see the puppy in the window or the horse in the show ring and fall in love. Before making such a purchase it is important to ensure that the budget has room to spare. Owning an...

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When Finances Become the Battlefield

Whether you joined the military or you married into the military, this life choice came with several battlefields. While you probably prepared yourself for wartime battlefields, you may not have considered some of the battlefields within your own home. Every day you are faced with countless decisions affecting your finances....

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Starting A Client Conversation: It Doesn’t Begin with Finance

Personal financial can be a touchy issue for many individuals. Consider this scenario: A client makes an appointment for a financial-planning consultation. As an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®), you ensure the client that you do not endorse, sell or promote any financial product line. Yet, even with this disclaimer, your...

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Balancing Family & Finances: How to Let Your Budget Breathe Under Pressure

“When I was your age…” We’ve all heard the stories about walking to school uphill both ways in the snow. Or how gas used to cost $0.50 and a Coke cost $0.25. Cue the eye roll and move the conversation forward. However, there’s another type of comparison story that isn’t...

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Cash or No Cash?

Being stationed overseas provides exposure to a different financial attitude. We are stationed in Germany where, even today, one of the corps’ values is “to save.” An old German saying “Nur Bares ist Wahres” --- only cash is true --- underlines another German virtue – paying with cash. Even though...

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