Tips for downsizing your expenses during a recession.

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These are challenging times. During the wake of the pandemic, many are facing economic loss and insecurity. The stock market is plummeting, millions have lost their jobs and many businesses have shut down. If you’re like me, over the last few weeks you’ve found yourself pivoting. Between cancelling trips and readjusting financial goals, I’ve had to make a lot of financial decisions quickly.

In light of the pandemic, if you’re considering downsizing your spending, this episode is for you.

In this episode, I share seven tips for reducing your expenses during times of uncertainly. I also share some simple ways you can gradually increase your savings as well. 

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What is the racial wealth gap in America with Erika and Delina co-hosts of Broke-ish Podcast.

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In this episode we’re joined by Delina and Erika, the co-hosts of Broke-ish, a podcast which discusses how systems, laws and policies which specifically target black folks have kept us from building wealth and achieving the ‘American dream’. Broke-ish explores the duality of being Black in America and shares all the unbelievable ‘ish’ that America has done to hold Black people back. In this episode we chat about the importance of calculating your net worth and the shocking truth about the racial wealth gap in America.

A special thank you to my Patreon supporters.

In this episode we cover:

  • How to calculate your net worth
  • Why net worth is a key indicator for building wealth
  • Ways to define middle class
    • Money (economic resources)
    • Milestones (education, career, etc.)
    • Mama’nem (culture, social access, etc.)
  • Why income isn’t enough to classify yourself as middle class
  • What is the racial wealth gap in America (or the racial wealth divide)?
  • Ways we can become more involved and advocate for policy changes

As of 2019, here are the shocking facts:

  • Median household wealth for Black families = $1,700
  • Median household wealth for White families = $116,000
  • The median black family is estimated to have $0 in wealth by the year 2053

Resources Mentioned

How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

Broke-ish: Are You Middle Class?

Equal Pay Day Observances

WOC (Women of Color) Podcasters Community

Connect with Delina and Erika:


Facebook: @brokeishpodcast

Instagram: @brokeishpodcast

Twitter: @broke_ish

If you enjoyed this episode listen to these next:

Building Wealth and Moving Abroad with Damien Peters

Leaving a Legacy Behind with Acquania Escarne

Passive Income Streams with Denis O’Brien

Become an author and start selling eBooks with the Make Money with Ebooks course.

Sign up for Digit and get $5 towards your next saving goal! 

Money on the Mountain Retreat in Denver Colorado by Michelle Jackson

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Money on the Mountain Retreat is a financial retreat for financially single women. In this episode, I share my takeaways from attending the inaugural retreat hosted by Michelle Jackson in Denver, Colorado. During this retreat I also spoke on affording travel as a financially single woman including why you need a travel fund, having multiple bank accounts, tips for traveling solo and more.

Top Takeaways from Money on the Mountain

Budgeting and Business

“Get pissed off and take action.” – Phylecia Jones from iFind You Close

“Every day ask yourself, who needs to know my name.” – Phylecia Jones from iFind You Close

“Do your money check-ins on the 1st and 15th of the month in the mornings.” – Phylecia Jones from iFind You Close

Debt Repayment

“Debt means you’re paying for your past.” – Melanie Lockert from Dear Debt and Founder of Lola Retreat

“When it comes to paying down your debt, go beyond average if you want to see progress.” – Melanie Lockert from Dear Debt and Founder of Lola Retreat

Real Estate Investing

Jenny Bayless shared how to build wealth through real estate investing with the BRRR method which stands for Buy, Renovate, Rent and Repeat.

“When it comes to rental properties, purchase properties that are undervalued and in need of repair.” – Jenny Bayless

Other Resources Mentioned

Michelle Jackson is the instructor of Make Money with Ebooks course. This course is great for anyone looking to self-publish their own books and add another income stream to their mix.

Also, check out Digit, one of my favorite money-saving apps which helps you save your spare change. Here’s $5 to get started using my referral code.

Building Wealth and Moving Abroad with Damien Peters Founder of Wealth Noir
Create a wealthy lifestyle where you travel in a way that makes sense with your wealth goals – Damien Peters

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The recording of this episode was sponsored by NEFE at #FinCon19.

Damien Peters is a personal finance nerd and former Facebook Product Manager who started Wealth Noir to help others build wealth and gain financial freedom. He actively invests in stocks and enjoys real estate investing. Damien currently lives in Valencia, Spain with his wife and 2-year-old son.

In this episode we cover:

  • What it means to build wealth and why it is important.
  • Why Damien chose to move to Valencia, Spain with his family.
  • The factors he considered when picking a location to move abroad including healthcare, cost of living, average temperature, political economy, safety, and more.
  • How moving abroad has helped him build wealth.
  • Recommended resources for those thinking about moving abroad and becoming an expat.
Damien Peters Founder of Wealth Noir and Danielle Desir Founder of The Thought Card
Live recording with Damien at FinCon!

Resources Mentioned:


M1 Finance


What is a Robo-Advisor and Why I Love Them

Choosing Your Expat Country

Connect with Damien Peters:


Facebook: @wealthnoir

Instagram: @wealthnoir

Instagram (personal): therealmrpeters

Twitter: @wealthnoir

Pinterest: @wealthnoir

If you enjoyed this episode, listen to Episode 12: Emigrating to the USA with Kylie Neuhaus and Episode 22: Moving Abroad after 30 with Frantzces Lys.

Want to visit Iceland? Grab a copy of my Iceland travel guide here!

Denis O'Brien host of Chain of Wealth Passive Income Streams and Side Hustles

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Denis O’Brien is a Chartered Accountant who is passionate about money and personal finance. Along with his wife Katie Welsh, they run Chain of Wealth a personal finance blog and podcast that inspires millennials to openly talk about money and tackle their financial issues. Together Katie and Denis have paid off $200,000 of debt in less than 2 years and they inspire others to reach their financial dreams by creating easy to understand resources. Chain of Wealth has been featured in USA Today, Nerd Wallet, Rockstar Finance and other publications. In this episode, Denis shows us how he has set up different passive income streams to reach his goals and how you can too!

In this episode we cover:

  • What is a side hustle?
  • Why people should consider multiple income streams
  • The difference between side hustles and passive income
  • How to convert an active income stream into passive income
  • How passive income helps build wealth

Resources Mentioned:

Passive Income: Ideas For Setting Up Multiple Streams of Income – Chain of Wealth

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

The Side Hustle Show by Nick Loper

Freelance Friday Podcast by Latasha James

School of Ambition Podcast by Dielle Charon

Do You Even Blog by Pete McPherson

Our Favorite Investment Apps:

Acorns – Acorns helps you invest your spare change automatically. Get $5 by signing up today.

Robinhood – Invest in stocks, ETFs, cryptocurrencies commission-free right from your phone or desktop.

Stash Invest – A micro investing app which helps you learn, save and invest.

ChangEd – Analyzes your spending, collects your spare change and puts it towards your student loans.

Connect with Denis O’Brien:

Facebook: @chainofwealth

Facebook Group: Chain of Wealth – Invest in Your Future

Twitter: @chainofwealth

Be sure to rate and review the show, and if you’d like a shout out on the next episode, screenshot your review and tag me on social media @thethoughtcard!

Tips for things to do after reaching your emergency fund goal.
I hit my savings goal…now what?

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So you’ve stashed a significant amount of money away in your emergency fund. Congratulations! But now that you’ve accomplished your savings goal, you might be wondering, what’s next? In this mini episode, I share ideas for what you can do after you’ve reached your emergency fund savings goal.

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Why have an emergency fund?

One of my favorite sayings that you can apply to your personal finances is “When you stay ready, you never have to get ready.”

An emergency fund is important because just in case something happens, you have money set aside for unexpected expenses. It can also save you from going into debt.

For example, if you lose your job, at least you have money to cover your expenses for a few months.

More Resources:

Read >> Emergency Fund Dos and Don’ts

Listen >> Episode 21: How to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success by Setting Financial Goals

How much should you have in your emergency fund?

It really depends on how much you think you’ll need. Everyone’s savings target will be different.

However, conventional wisdom says that you should have anywhere between 3-12 months of expenses saved in your emergency fund.

How did I do it?

I started my emergency fund by saving $1,000.

This is actually what personal finance guru Dave Ramsey suggests as well. In Baby Step 1, Dave Ramsey suggests saving $1,000 in your starter emergency fund for when something unexpected comes up.

After you’ve saved $1,000 now what?

My Top Emergency Fund Milestones:

  • Save $1,000 in emergency fund
  • Save $5,000 in emergency fund
  • Have a $500 to $2,000 buffer in my main checking account. This pot of money serves as the first line of defense and gives me some leeway to spend without having to dip into my emergency fund.

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This episode of The Thought Card is sponsored by my brand new course Back to Budgeting Basics. In this fundamental budgeting course, I teach you how to create a goal centric budget that helps you accomplish your short and long term financial goals faster. I also teach you how to track where your money is going every month, organize your banking and create a simple money routine.

How to set financial goals. Best practices for setting financial goals.

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Goals are important because they allow you to create your future today. Although a lot of people set financial goals every year, most people don’t actually end up sticking with them because they get distracted along the way. So how do you set financial goals that you will achieve? In this episode, I share easy ways to set yourself up for financial success by setting financial goals that are a good fit for your life right now.

Sign up for my Setting Financial Goals Workshop where you’ll learn:

  • Why goal setting is so important
  • How to reverse engineer your goals
  • Mistakes holding you back from reaching your potential and more

Also, don’t forget to check out my Back to Budgeting Basics course. In this course we debunk the myths that budgeting is “hard” and I help you manage your money so you can quickly achieve your financial goals.

A special thank you to my supporters on Patreon.

Things to Consider When Setting Financial Goals

1. Assess your current situation.

When you’re setting financial goals, what you’re really doing is assessing where you are right now and determining where you want to be in the future.

To do this, ask yourself:

  • Where am I right now?
  • What do I want to accomplish?

Helpful Tip: Money serves different purposes. You can spend money, save, pay off debt, invest or give money to charity.

Typically financial goals will fall into one of these major categories.

2. Is your goal too hard?

You are less likely to achieve goals that are too difficult.

Truth is, the best goals are realistic but not too over the top.

3. Check yourself.

Are these goals for you or are they based on what others want for you?

Set financial goals based on what you want for yourself not what you think others want for you.

4. Create an emotional connection.

Can you visualize yourself achieving your goal?

What sort of emotions will you feel when you accomplish your goal?

Will you feel excited? Calm? Relaxed?

Remember, it’s easier to achieve goals that you are emotionally connected to.

5. Bridge the gap.

To bridge the gap, break down your goals into smaller more manageable tasks or mini bite-sized goals. You can do this by setting monthly, weekly or daily goals.

6. Celebrate milestones.

Lastly, be sure to celebrate any big milestones or money wins. This will give you the motivation to keep going.

Did you find this episode informative? For more on how to set the right financial goals for a brighter future, join my goal setting workshop here.

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Be sure to check out Episode 17 where I share my biggest lessons learned in 2018.

And catch the next episode where we chat with Frantzces from Chronicles Abroad about living, working and traveling abroad.