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The Just Ask video series

Are there questions about money you haven’t asked out of fear of judgment, embarrassment, or feeling like you should already know?

In our new video series Just Ask, no finance-related question is too taboo, and no money matter is too sensitive to discuss. We tackle your tough-to-answer questions in an effort to shed light on the approaches, advice, and resources you can use to achieve lasting financial wellbeing and success.

 – NEW EPISODE –
Managing Personal Finances in Times of Uncertainty
Shannon McLay, The Financial Gym
Episode 7 — 15:17 min

In a time of much uncertainty, one thing is certain – getting your finances in good shape now will make the potential challenges ahead much easier to handle. This episode, we’re joined by Shannon McLay, the CEO of financial planning company The Financial Gym. While their personal trainers don’t work with dumbbells, they can help you pack on the financial muscle you need to take control of your money once and for all – so, are you ready to get some reps in? Watch now to learn what cash-only days could do for your budget, how to create saving habits for yourself, and why building an emergency fund is non-negotiable when it comes to financial fitness.


How to Protect and Improve Your Credit Score
Rod Griffin, Experian
Episode 6 — 32:23 min

Improving your credit score takes time, effort, and a lot of responsible decision-making. Whether your credit score is already high or you’re working your way up, you want to protect what you’ve built, right? This week, Rod Griffin, the Sr Director of Consumer Education & Advocacy at Experian, joins us to share tips on how to raise your credit score quickly, credit risk factors to avoid, steps to take if you’re struggling to pay your lenders, and much more.


Steps to Take To Get Out of Debt
Bernadette Joy, CrushYourMoneyGoals.com
Episode 5 — 15:46 min

Think living a debt-free lifestyle is impossible? It’s far from it! Bernadette Joy, founder of CrushYourMoneyGoals.com, shares how she was able to pay off over $300K in debt in less than 3 years – and you don’t want to miss this incredible story. Watch now for a walkthrough of Joy’s 5-step C.R.U.S.H. framework, her thoughts on the biggest obstacles in the way of paying off debt, and steps you can take to start crushing your money goals today.


Repairing and Improving Your Credit Score
Matt Schultz, Lending Tree
Episode 4 — 36:56 min

Matt Schulz, the Chief Credit Analyst of LendingTree, joins us this episode to share everything you need to know about repairing your credit score. To familiarize yourself with the basics, learn simple steps you can take to improve your score, and discover a few nuggets of excellent, insider credit advice, watch now.


Paying Bills and Managing Debt After a Sudden Loss of Income
Pete Klipa, National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)
Episode 3 — 29:09 min

This week, Pete Klipa, the Senior VP for Credit Relations at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), walks us through a typical credit counseling experience step-by-step – and the benefits for those grappling with debt are significant. Watch to learn more about the affordable financial counseling, budgeting advice, and personalized action plans credit counselors can provide you with.


Budgeting Cash Flow & How to Manage Money
Traci Kelly, Kelly Greene Financial
Episode 2 — 23:11 min

In our second session with Traci Kelly, she focuses on the cornerstone of every successful money management plan – a detailed and comprehensive budget. Watch now to discover the many benefits of budgeting, where to draw funds from when your income is strained, and a few invaluable tips on how to maximize your cash flow.


Developing a Financial Plan After a Sudden Loss of Income
Traci Kelly, Kelly Greene Financial
Episode 1 — 21:08 min

In our first installment of Just Ask, we speak to Traci Kelly, founder and president of the independent, holistic financial firm Kelly Greene. Equipped with nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance and finance industries, Traci joins us to share her tried-and-true action plan for people who’ve lost their source of income unexpectedly.