Ep. 84: How Marsha Barnes Quit Her Big Bank Job, Spent $35,000 Fixing Up an Old School Bus and Launched “The Finance Bar” — Affordable Financial Coaching …on Wheels!

marshaThroughout her entire career in the banking industry, Marsha Barnes was always a diligent saver. But she never understood what she was saving for until two years ago. It was then that she decided to launch The Finance Bar, a startup mobile ? yes, as in wheels ? personal finance hub meant to empower people to take control of their finances. The journey wasn’t always easy ? Marsha sunk over $35,000 of her own savings into the business and didn’t make money right away. When she finally quit her job in December 2016 to focus on the business, she took a huge gamble ? on herself.

“What if you just wake up one day and there’s something different that you want to do in life? How do you pivot? 

For me, one day I woke up and I said ‘I want to leave my job to do something that I really love to wake up and do.’ And that is why I was saving money all along. I just didn’t realize it.”

 

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June 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 83: Ask The Money Coach! How to Rock Your Salary Negotiation … And What Really Happens When Your Kid Loses a $50K College Scholarship?

This episode has it all! We are joined by our favorite money and career expert, Lynette Khalfani-Cox aka “The Money Coach”. 

Lynette went from a career as a journalist to an entrepreneur commanding $12,500 speaking fees, authoring over a dozen books, and crafting financial courses for consumers and businesses alike. Her website is Askthemoneycoach.com. 

On the show, Lynette shares her best advice on how to negotiate on the job. Her biggest tip? Know what your minimum salary requirement is before you even walk into an interview! And she has tips on how to find YOUR perfect number on today’s show. 

Then, Lynette not only answers YOUR questions about managing the cost of college, she tells you personal lessons she learned after sending off her eldest daughter to college last year. 

Like many kids in college, her daughter struggled to adjust and when her GPA dropped below the 3.5 minimum for her tuition scholarship, Lynette and her family were suddenly faced with a $50,000 out of state tuition bill. She tells Brown Ambition the unique and BRILLIANT way she and her hubby decided to tackle that hurdle and shares other tough lessons she’s learned about preparing her kids for college life.

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June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 82 —Sooo… Should I File Bankruptcy or Nah?

We’re back BA Fam!

On today’s show:

Tiffany shares the highs (and hilarious lows) of her family vacation at Universal Studios. 

Is Baby Prom really a thing? And why did a Philadelphia mother spend $25,000 on her son’s pre-prom party? We break down the headlines.

Then we take reader “L”s question: Shes’ $80,000 in debt and wants to know if bankruptcy is an option. We explain what really happens when you file bankruptcy and when it might be a good idea. 

For more information about bankruptcy, check out MagnifyMoney’s post here > 

When Should I Consider Bankruptcy? 

Chapter 7 vs Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

 

 

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June 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 81 — Tattooed Heart

Our hearts are with the families and victims of last night’s attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 

Spread a little love in the world today, BA fam ? we could all use some!

Want to ask a question or share a story with us?

Hit us up on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/brownambition

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May 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ep. 80 — Saving on medical expenses, refinancing student debt + busting the myth about balance

As mentioned on the show, check out these helpful resources to find about more about student loan refi options: 

MagnifyMoney

Loan consolidation vs. refinancing 

 

Curious about opening an FSA? Check out these explainers. 

What’s an FSA? – Healthcare.gov

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May 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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