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Dr Dave Jenkins, DMIN, LMFT
Family Room Services
These suggestion will not apply to every
situation.
You control your finances and the choices
you make.
Prevention is s...
Get an assessment of your finances
Gather all your bills and statements
Determine what assets are available to
you
• Sa...
Stop using them
Pay off the balance in full each month
Develop a life style without them
Save for major purchases
AVOID PAYDAY LOANS
Basic survival involves one of two things
• Increase your income
• Decrease your expenses
Couples should have a budget meeting
Singles should have an accountability
partner
 Develop a battle plan, i.e., a BUDG...
a. Pay everything on paper before the
month starts
b. Develop a zero balance budget sheet
 - which means at the end of ...
Take care of basic needs first
1. Food
2. Shelter
3. Utilities
4. Transportation
 Gas
 Insurance
5. Other loans
What would you do for an emergency?
Your Credit Card is not your emergency
account
Should be able to cover 3 – 6 months...
Create a mini emergency account
Save $1,000; FAST
It is not a slush account
Do NOT start the next step until the mini
...
a. List all the outstanding debts in
ascending order
• from the lowest to highest balance
b. Pay the minimum balance due f...
c. Any remaining money, found money, or
bonus money needs to be applied
toward paying the lowest balance off.
d. Once that...
If there’s an emergency
• Use the mini emergency account
• Stop the debt snowball
• Rebuild the mini emergency account
Once all debts are paid off
Fully fund the emergency account
3 – 6 months of expenses
Your retirement needs to be funded first.
Invest 15% (of own money) into
retirement
Your kid’s education will not pay f...
Pay off mortgage
Invest and enjoy your wealth
Have a yard sell to fund your mini
emergency account
Sell your services, i.e. piano lessons,
tutoring, woodworking, etc
...
If you typically get a tax refund,increase
your exemptions.(Consult your CPA first.)
After you have a $1,000 emergency f...
Mortgage Assistance *800-424-2246
Credit Counseling *800-685-2706
Bankruptcy Advice *800-379-0985
Child-Support Enforc...
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  1. 1. Dr Dave Jenkins, DMIN, LMFT Family Room Services
  2. 2. These suggestion will not apply to every situation. You control your finances and the choices you make. Prevention is still the best cure for a financial crisis.
  3. 3. Get an assessment of your finances Gather all your bills and statements Determine what assets are available to you • Savings • Stocks
  4. 4. Stop using them Pay off the balance in full each month Develop a life style without them Save for major purchases
  5. 5. AVOID PAYDAY LOANS Basic survival involves one of two things • Increase your income • Decrease your expenses
  6. 6. Couples should have a budget meeting Singles should have an accountability partner  Develop a battle plan, i.e., a BUDGET Get current on you bills
  7. 7. a. Pay everything on paper before the month starts b. Develop a zero balance budget sheet  - which means at the end of the balance sheet it should equal zero.  (Income minus expenses)  c. Any money left over should be applied towards the debt snowball (see step-5)
  8. 8. Take care of basic needs first 1. Food 2. Shelter 3. Utilities 4. Transportation  Gas  Insurance 5. Other loans
  9. 9. What would you do for an emergency? Your Credit Card is not your emergency account Should be able to cover 3 – 6 months of expenses
  10. 10. Create a mini emergency account Save $1,000; FAST It is not a slush account Do NOT start the next step until the mini emergency account is funded
  11. 11. a. List all the outstanding debts in ascending order • from the lowest to highest balance b. Pay the minimum balance due for all debts except the first one (which should be the lowest balance).
  12. 12. c. Any remaining money, found money, or bonus money needs to be applied toward paying the lowest balance off. d. Once that balance is paid off, do not celebrate yet. Apply all that money to the next balance on the list.
  13. 13. If there’s an emergency • Use the mini emergency account • Stop the debt snowball • Rebuild the mini emergency account
  14. 14. Once all debts are paid off Fully fund the emergency account 3 – 6 months of expenses
  15. 15. Your retirement needs to be funded first. Invest 15% (of own money) into retirement Your kid’s education will not pay for your retirement
  16. 16. Pay off mortgage Invest and enjoy your wealth
  17. 17. Have a yard sell to fund your mini emergency account Sell your services, i.e. piano lessons, tutoring, woodworking, etc Stop eating out, pack lunches Temporarily decrease your TSP contribution to 1%
  18. 18. If you typically get a tax refund,increase your exemptions.(Consult your CPA first.) After you have a $1,000 emergency fund, consider increasing your insurance deductibles. Use the Library for renting free movies.
  19. 19. Mortgage Assistance *800-424-2246 Credit Counseling *800-685-2706 Bankruptcy Advice *800-379-0985 Child-Support Enforcement *877-696-6775
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