Steph Wagner

First 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 my SUV for a more economical...

Financial Advice You Should Ignore

Certain financial tips are lauded as the best advice around, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right advice for you

Money Mistakes Women Make During Divorce

Avoid these all too common money mistakes to emerge from your divorce in the best financial situation possible

What Is Financial Independence and Why Does It Matter?

Too many women depend on someone else to fulfill their financial dreams. Learn why you’re the best person to control your financial destiny

The First Step in Evaluating Your Financial Foundation

Ready to take control of your financial future? Start by figuring out your net worth

5 Money Traps to Avoid

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 a wide-open toll road or sit in a...

The Worst 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 the man I had built a life around, had been...

Your Salary is Not 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 time. True financial freedom doesn’t happen until you’ve...

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