Steph Wagner

Steph Wagner

Steph helps women across the country secure equitable distribution in marriage dissolution. She then helps them establish a solid financial foundation, take charge of their financial well-being and fully realize the profound impact that money can have on the next chapter of their lives.  To learn more about her work, please visit stephlwagner.com.

5 Self-Sabotaging Money Traps

5 Self-Sabotaging Money Traps

The last thing I expected as I headed up the freeway from San Diego to Los Angeles was a money trap. Traffic? Yes. Frustration and delays? Naturally. But a money trap? Never.

Halfway there I had a choice: jump on…

Don’t Feel Guilty, Start Saying ‘No’

Don’t Feel Guilty, Start Saying ‘No’

For the first year after the divorce was final, my auto-response to just about every question that flew out of the mouths of my three sons was “YES!” It was an automatic, rapid-fire and knee-jerk…

6 Financial Steps for the Newly Single

6 Financial Steps for the Newly Single

My general rule to the newly single is to never make irreversible financial decisions during the first year after a divorce. 

But shortly after my own divorce was final, I put my house on the market and traded in…

Financial Advice to Ignore

Financial Advice to Ignore

“Spend less, save more.” You may find yourself chanting this mantra as you total up receipts and strive to get back on track after a season of generous gift giving. To turn this intention into reality, you may…

What is Financial Independence?

What is Financial Independence?

Women have been told since time immemorial that they need a man to provide for them — that they can’t do it on their own. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1960s that a married woman…

Calculate Your Net Worth

Calculate Your Net Worth

Assessing your personal financial reality can be a bit daunting. But it’s time to lean into that fear and face your current financial landscape. It’s like dieting: When you're trying to lose weight, you…

The Worst Marriage Advice I Ever Gave

The Worst Marriage Advice I Ever Gave

I was the first to wake that morning. 

I was still reeling in the painful aftermath of learning that my husband of nearly two decades had been living a double life. The father of my three sons, and…

How To Increase Your Net Worth

How To Increase Your Net Worth

It’s tempting to fixate on the dollar amount of your paycheck. But the fact is: What matters far more is what you do with those dollars — and what you allow those dollars to do for you over…

How Opting Out Inspired Me To Build A Business

How Opting Out Inspired Me To Build A Business

It was slightly before six a.m. when I heard the all too familiar sound of my iPhone vibrating against the bedside table. With my head still nestled comfortably on my pillow, I reached for the phone, expecting to see…