Free eBook: Stuff About Money, Advice for Regular People

April 11, 2013 by  
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Free money management and financial advice bookGet Craig Guillot’s book Stuff About Money: No BS Financial Advice for Regular People at the link as a free Kindle book (or read it on your computer) until April 12.

My journalist colleague Craig Guillot had the brilliant idea to write a practical book about money management that we ordinary people can understand (cut out the jargon!) with tips from financial professionals on everything from real estate and retirement to insurance and savings. The book offers quick and relatively easy-to-do ways to boost financial security, one step at a time.

Usually the book costs $14.99 for the print edition or $9.99 for the eBook, but you can get a free download of Stuff About Money: No BS Financial Advice for Regular People for Kindle now through Friday April 12, 2013. Or, if you don’t have a Kindle, downloaded it to your computer or other mobile device, using Amazon’s free app at the link.

The freebie offer is in celebration of Financial Literacy Month, and it’s for two days only, on April 11 and 12, 2013.

I’ve read this book and I have to say it’s very straight-talking, sensible, and realistic. It aims to give some peace of mind and confidence about managing your money for a healthy financial life. It includes a section on “Why you should track your net worth no matter how little it may be.” My net worth is probably in the region of $7.48, although if I count Mr. Cheap as an asset, it may rocket into the double digits.

Of course, some assets are priceless ;-)

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link for the free Kindle book download. 


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Free eBook: Stuff About Money, Advice for Regular People

April 26, 2012 by  
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Free money management and financial advice bookGet Craig Guillot’s book Stuff About Money: No BS Financial Advice for Regular People as a free Kindle book (or read it on your PC) on April 26, 2012. 

My journalist colleague Craig Guillot had the brilliant idea to write a practical book about money management that we ordinary people can understand (cut out the jargon!) with tips from financial professionals on everything from real estate and retirement to insurance and savings. The book offers quick and relatively easy-to-do ways to boost financial security, one step at a time.

Usually the book costs $7.99, but on Thursday April 26, 2012, you can get a free download of Stuff About Money: No BS Financial Advice for Regular People for Kindle. Or, if you don’t have a Kindle,  then downloaded it to your computer or other mobile device, using Amazon’s free app at the link.

The freebie offer is in celebration of Financial Literacy Month, and it’s for one day only, on April 26, 2012.

I started reading this book a few weeks ago. I have to say it’s very straight-talking, sensible, and realistic, and it aims to give some peace of mind and confidence about manage money and financial life. I haven’t got to the section yet on “Why you should track your net worth no matter how little it may be” but I’m looking forward to it. My net worth is probably around $8.62, although if I count Mr. Cheap as an asset, it may rocket into the double digits.

–Tania FYI I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link for the free Kindle book download. 

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Free Spirit, Mind, Body, Money Talks

March 20, 2012 by  
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The YMCA of Central New Mexico hosts a series of guest speakers in March 2012 on the theme of Spirit, Mind, and Body. You don’t have to be a YMCA member to turn up – the talks are free to the general public.

The YMCA Spirit, Mind, and Body talks tackle how to manage all three in the midst of our busy lives. A couple of the talks relate to money too – I’m not sure if that speaks to spirit, mind, or body, but it’s sure hard to keep the stress levels down when cash is a concern.

So here’s the roster for March 21, 22, and 28, and all talks start at 6 pm:

  • Mindfulness Meditation for health, healing, and stress reduction: Wednesday, March 21.
    Led by Claudio Barrientos from The Mindful Center, which teaches practical, non-religious meditation techniques. Location: Horn Family YMCA.
  • A Plan for All Seasons – Financial Planning for Every Phase of Life: Thursday, March 22.
    Led by Adriane Callinan from Waddell & Reed, which consults on financial planning, insurance, and retirement planning. Location: McLeod YMCA.
  • We Find Money Others Miss – Free Second Look Review: Wednesday, March 28
    An H&R Block advisor gives your tax return a free Second Look Review to look for missed deductions and credits. The only money I ever find is down the back of the couch – so maybe you’ll get luckier with your tax return! Location: The Horn Family YMCA. 
  • How I Learned to Laugh At Myself: Wednesday, March 28.
    I’m not sure I need any teaching on this, as I frequently laugh at myself. And if I don’t, Mr Cheap does it for me. But this talk sounds rather fun, led by Shauna Rampley from Soaring Eagle Institute, a training & consulting company. Rampley specializes in helping people manage change and flexing that sense of humor muscle to deal with health or other life issues.  Location: McLeod YMCA

See full details on the YMCA Spirit, Mind, and Body talks and all the free talks are open to the public as well as to members of the YMCA.

McLeod Mountainside YMCA is located at 12500 Comanche Road NE. 
The Horn Family YMCA is at 4901 Indian School Road NE.

–Tania

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Free Tax Help, Webinar, and TurboTax Program

March 25, 2011 by  
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Free tax help for those who are sighing over their 2010 tax return (and let’s face it, none of us are dancing on the table at the prospect).  Hope something here makes your IRS return a little less taxing this year:

IRS Open House Saturday March 26
The IRS office at 5338 Montgomery Boulevard NE is open this Saturday morning to help taxpayers who can’t get to the office during the week. From 9 am to 2 pm IRS staff will be available to answer questions on your tax account and tax return preparation.

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Understanding Taxes Free Webinar
When: Friday April 1, 2011 
Time: 11 am to 12 noon Albuquerque time 

This is one in a series of free online seminars – aka webinars – by the National Association of Personal Financial Planners.  You can attend the live online 40-minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions and answers, or listen to an audio file after the program.  They promise to cover “What you don’t understand about taxes.” To me that’s just about EVERYTHING! The session explores personal tax issues and how they affect financial planning.  Enroll online for the Understanding Taxes  free webinar.

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Free TurboTax edition online if you’re filing 1040EZ forms and simpler federal tax returns.  The program asks plain language questions to help complete the forms, calculate the return, and submit to the feds by free Efile or hard copy.  The program is suitable for forms including 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040, but doesn’t cover tax schedules C, D, E, and F. TurboTax Free edition is only for federal tax returns, not state returns.

–Tania

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Free Financial Seminars from Kirtland FCU

February 18, 2011 by  
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We recently posted about a series of free personal finance webinars by the National Association of Personal Financial Planners.  Well, here’s something closer to home: free financial seminars hosted by Kirtland Federal Credit Union.

One of the forthcoming Kirtland Federal Credit Union seminars is an online webinar, the others are all in person, and they provide free beverages and snacks or sandwiches too!

Webinar on How to Improve Your Credit Score
The seminar covers establishing credit, strategies for managing credit & improving your credit score, understanding credit bureaus & credit reports, and how to dispute inaccuracies. Register online in advance.
When: Thursday February 24, 2011
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Where: Online from your own computer

Home Selling Secrets Seminar
A panel discussion attended by a loan officer, a realtor, a home assessor, and a home stager.
When: Saturday February 26, 2011
Time: 10:30 am to noon
Where: Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Education Center Room A, 6440 Gibson Blvd. SE

How to Invest in a Low Interest Rate Environment
They’re running several of these seminars to explore your investment options, on:
* Thursday, March 3 at 12 noon
* Wednesday, March 23, at 12 noon
* Wednesday March 23 at 5 pm
* Tuesday April 5 at 12 noon
Where: Kirtland Federal Credit Union, Education Center Room A, 6440 Gibson Blvd. SE

RSVP in advance for the Kirtland Federal Credit Union seminars as places are limited and then they know to bring an info pack for you – as well as enough sandwiches/snacks and drinks! You can phone (505) 254-4329 to reserve a place or book online at the link.

ABQ on the Cheap has been told in the past by a completely unaffiliated party that there’s no pressure to join the credit union or open an account. Just free financial advice. Let us know if you experience something different.

–Tania

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Free Personal Finance Online Seminars 2011

February 3, 2011 by  
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The National Association of Personal Financial Planners aims to help people become more savvy about personal financial issues, like basic money management, investments, retirement planning, taxes, and much more. That’s why they offer a series of FREE online seminars – aka webinars.

I must tell Mr Cheap about these because his idea of financial planning is to pop the nickels he finds down the back of the sofa into a jar on our telephone table.

The 2011 Consumer Webinar Series is led by NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors, and each month a new session will be conducted live online.  You can attend the live session and ask questions, or listen to an audio file after the program. 

Each webinar is a 40-minute presentation, followed by 20 minutes for questions and answers. The individual sessions take place from 11 am – 12 noon Albuquerque time:

  • February 4:  What Do You Need in Retirement?
  • March 4:  Putting the Markets in Perspective
  • April 1:  Understanding Taxes
  • May 6: Financial Planning for the New Family
  • June 3:  Deciphering Financial Acronyms
  • July 8: Debt and Saving
  • August 4:  Determining Your Investment Approach

Registrations are open – enroll online for the Consumer Webinar Series sessions you’re interested in.

This sounds like a great way to get tips and advice from qualified financial advisors - totally free! If you miss the live session, you can always access the archived version online.

–Tania

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Free Finance Education Online Seminar Series

August 5, 2009 by  
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The National Association of Personal Financial Planners wants you to become more savvy about personal financial issues, like basic money management, investments, kids and money, and much more. That’s why they’re launching a series of FREE online seminars (webinars) over the next year.

The Consumer Webinar Series is a year-long initiative beginning August 7 (2009) that will provide an opportunity for anyone in the country to learn about a wide range of financial issues from NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors.  Each month a new session will be conducted live online. Consumers can attend the live session after registering for free, or listen to an audio file after the program.  The instructors NAPFA has recruited for the various sessions are among the industry’s leaders in truly comprehensive financial planning and includes members of NAPFA’s National Board of Directors, past NAPFA national chairs, educators, and authors.

The series will include 12, one-hour sessions delivered via the internet.  The individual sessions will be conducted from 11:00am – 12:00 noon Albuquerque time and will include:

  • August 7:  Money 101: Knowing the Basics
  • September 4: Kids & Money
  • October 2:  What is Financial Planning?
  • November 6:  Protecting What You Have
  • December 4:  Investments: The Basics
  • January 8, 2010:  Investments: Advanced Concepts
  • February 5, 2010:  Managing Your 401(k)
  • March 5, 2010:  Leaving a Legacy
  • April 2, 2010:  Women and Money
  • May 6, 2010:  Financial Planning and Small Business Owners
  • June 4, 2010: Your Retirement
  • July 1, 2010:  Financial Windfalls

Registration for the 2009 sessions is open now.  Learn more about the Consumer Webinar Series by visiting the webinar page on the NAPFA website. In addition to registering for the sessions, consumers can learn more about the topics and the NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors who will be instructing the sessions.

This sounds like a great way for New Mexico residents to educate themselves about financial issues. Each webinar will offer an approximately 40-minute presentation, with an additional 20 minutes for questions and answers. If you miss the live session, you can always access the archived version online.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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