Life and Money

Lower tax bill

4 Legal Ways to Lower Your Tax Bill

by Sophia Bera March 8, 2017

By now, you might have completed your tax returns for 2016 … and for some of you, the joy of getting your taxes out of the way is lessened by how much you owe the IRS. If it makes you feel any better, a big tax bill is a sign you made a lot of […]

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Lending money to loved ones

How to Lend Money to Loved Ones Without Wrecking Your Relationships

by Sophia Bera February 22, 2017

Here’s a question that can negatively affect your relationship with a friend, relative, or significant other for years to come: Can I borrow some money? When someone you care about needs financial help, you don’t want to leave them in the lurch. After all, these are the people you’d turn to in a crisis — […]

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How to Talk About Money With Your Significant Other

by Sophia Bera February 15, 2017

When you’re dating someone, there are some conversation topics that are tough to bring up — and I’m not talking about how your last relationship ended! I’m talking about money. We’re taught from a young age that it’s rude to discuss money, and when you’re on your best behavior around a new romantic prospect, it’s […]

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Couples and money

How to Combine Your Finances as a Couple: Real-Life Advice I Give My Clients

by Sophia Bera February 8, 2017

If you’ve built up savings and  investments while single, it can be tough to shift your mindset from “me” to “we” when you meet someone you want to be with for the long haul. I answer a lot of client questions about merging finances and setting joint money goals — while still leaving each half […]

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Budgeting

A Values-Based Way to Build Your Budget

by Sophia Bera January 25, 2017

Let’s be honest: budgeting sucks. There’s a reason everyone (including me) dreads sitting down and figuring out a budget. It brings to light all the things you spent money on that you probably shouldn’t have, and in the end you’ve got a list of super-responsible stuff to spend money on instead. It’s the financial equivalent […]

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2017 Money Moves

17 Quick & Dirty Money Moves You Can Make in 2017

by Sophia Bera January 11, 2017

It’s a new year, and you are pumped to make some changes to your finances. Only you don’t know where to start and you’re afraid to make a mistake. You’ll totally get around to it, though … once you’re done with a bunch of other chores you just remembered you had to do right now. […]

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Trust fund

I Have a Trust Fund — Now What?

by Sophia Bera December 7, 2016

There’s a lot of advice out there for people who are looking to set up a trust for their younger family members. Setting up trusts can be a great way to pass your money down to the next generation. But what do you do if you find out you’re receiving money from a trust? Coming into a […]

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Open enrollment

How Do I Choose My Company Benefits During Open Enrollment?

by Sophia Bera November 16, 2016

We’re eyeballs deep in helping our clients choose their company benefits at Gen Y Planning right now! Why? Because this is one of the ways we save our clients the most money: by revamping their company benefits. Maybe you chose your company benefits a few years ago and haven’t looked at them in awhile. Well, […]

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Refinancing mortgage

How Refinancing Your Mortgage From a 30-Year to a 15-Year Fixed Rate Could Save You Six Figures

by Sophia Bera September 21, 2016

If you own a home or you’re currently looking to buy, odds are you’ve got (or are considering) a 30-year mortgage. It’s by far the most popular mortgage option. (And with interest rates at historically low levels right now, I highly recommend locking those rates in with a fixed-rate mortgage!) Now, what’s popular isn’t what’s […]

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Upgrade your finances

You’re 30 — Stop Doing What You Did in College

by Sophia Bera September 7, 2016

I’m a big fan of automating your finances as a way to grow your wealth. After about 30 minutes of set-up, your money is whisked into different accounts, and you’re less tempted to spend your savings because you don’t really see that money. But every year (or whenever you experience a big life change like […]

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