23 Feb 2010

Broke-Ass Financial Coaching: Wedding Party Woes

“I am standing up in my friend’s wedding. I am really struggling financially and I have spent over $400, and I just found out that the dress is going to be $250! I am freaking out… what should I do?” – SD

Standing up in a wedding for someone you love and support is a huge honor and it is one of the biggest financial commitments people make to their friends. Some would say that in that type of situation money “shouldn’t matter.”

Betsy Crouch - Coach $izzle 5
14 Jan 2010

More Drawing Contests! Free Money and a Boatload of Ice Cream!

First Oakland needed a new t-shirt, now it’s Three Twins Ice Cream that’s looking for your fashion instincts and/or graphic design skills. All you’ve got to do is email your design to and make sure it’s got the Three Twins name or logo in it. If you’re the talented

Andrew Dalton - Aggressive Panhandler 6
17 Jun 2022

The San Francisco Beer Passport is Here!

Step into a world of adventure with the San Francisco Beer Passport. There’s no better way to explore San Francisco than to literally drink it in. This passport is amazing! Each one contains 37 coupons to buy one beer, get a second beer FREE at 37 of the finest locally owned bars,

Broke-Ass Stuart - Editor In Cheap 0
15 Dec 2009

Broke Ass Financial Coaching: Your Financial Priorities

What do you value? What are your priorities? It is impossible to look at spending and savings to see if it is aligned with your priorities if you don’t know what your priorities are. In addition, if I told you how to spend and save your money based on my priorities or Joe Bob’s, then you may do it for a short time but in the long run it isn’t sustainable. You create sustainability when you identify your priorities and align your spending and savings with those priorities.

Betsy Crouch - Coach $izzle 1
08 Dec 2009

Broke Ass Financial Coaching: Dine Out or Cook at Home?

Our culture values time and money over health and wellness. Do you?

So we want to save money and spend less on “everything” including food. Unfortunately we assume that eating healthy foods is more time consuming and more expensive. In many cases it is. Several years ago I lived alone and traveled a lot. I was sure that I could save money by dining out because I wasted so many groceries. At that time I was eating a lot of fast food, maybe 5-7 times per week or more.

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03 Nov 2009

Broke-Ass Financial Coaching: is Splitting 50/50 Fair?

“How do you handle finances in a relationship between two people with totally different incomes?” -Chirabo

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13 Oct 2009

Broke Ass Financial Coaching: Overdrafts and Other Bank BS pt. 2

Most banks automatically give you overdraft protection, the fees upwards of $30 when you overdraft. Oh Thank YOU! Wow. The guy who invented “automatic overdraft protection” made the banks billions and billions of dollars, for the convenience factor. You know when you are out fine dining you don’t want to be embarrassed that your card was declined, oh no! Well the fear of worrying what others think of our financial situation sure is motivating.

Don’t you think the technology exists for your card to simply be declined when you don’t have any money left in your account? Why would the banks implement something so seemingly customer service oriented and give up billions of dollars? Right.

Outside of a desperate or survival mode purchase, wouldn’t you prefer for the card to be declined instead of paying a $35 fee on top of a $3.00 coffee purchase?

Betsy Crouch - Coach $izzle 0
06 Oct 2009

Broke Ass Financial Coaching: Overdrafts and Other Bank BS pt. 1

“Should I set up bill pay, automatically? How can I set it up and avoid overdraft charges?” – Joe

That depends. First of all, are you on top of balancing your checkbook? Have you had any overdraft charges this year? If you have overdrafts, I would not set up any automatic payments for bills until you get organized. So here is some crazy info that is just about guaranteed to rile you up and get you crackin’ on some cool financial projects. That is not an oxymoron by the way. Here are some tips on getting organized, protecting your money, and paying your bills. It is a lot sexier than it may seem…

Betsy Crouch - Coach $izzle 2
29 Sep 2009

Broke-Ass Financial Coaching: What to do with “extra” money?

Where is the best place to put extra money right now? – TD

Extra money?! Woohoo! Yeah! I know some of you reading this are thinking, “dang, that would be nice to have some ‘extra money,’ and if I had some I wouldn’t have any trouble thinking of what to do with it.”

What is “extra” money? Is it the $10 you have left at the end of the night that you didn’t think you would have? Is it the money beyond what you needed to cover your regular monthly expenses? Is it the money you have beyond covering monthly expenses, savings, and retirement investments? It means something different to everyone, because what people feel they “have to” make is different to everyone.

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