Money Making Sense

The goal of Money Making Sense is to help you find more financial peace. Host Heather Kelly and guest experts focus on reviewing paychecks and analyzing family decisions. They also talk about reviewing paychecks and analyzing family decisions. They also talk about vacationing on a budget, retirement savings on a limited income, reducing household expenses, the financial impact of owning a pet and how money affects relationships. Money Making Sense will give you practical ideas on how to improve your bottom line. Money Making Sense is a 2017, 2018 and 2020 People's Choice Podcast Finalist. 
Back to school shopping   (09:07) August 03, 2022
Now is the best time to shop for what your child needs to go back to school.  Rina Hurst, chief business officer with Shipt says the sooner you start, the more likely retailers are to have items on sale.  Money Making Sense listeners can get free shipping for their first order with Shipt by using […]
What are your tax dollars funding for the $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure bill?   (10:47) July 29, 2022
U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, spoke with host Heather Kelly face to face during his trip to Utah.  They talked infrastructure, climate change and jobs.  The $1.2 Trillion dollar infrastructure law will spread out the funds over a 5-year period across all 50-states and 14-US Territories. You can follow this show on Instagram and on Facebook. And […]
Don’t take on additional debt during a recession   (26:20) July 27, 2022
Now is not the time to buy a new car or put purchases on credit cards.  Brian Walsh, a SoFi Financial manager, says taking on less risk is the best way to survive inflation and/or a recession. Find out if you should prioritize building your savings account or your investments during this episode. You can […]
Employees can now ask for a lot more flexibility when job hunting   (25:50) July 20, 2022
Grow, adjust or die — as a company.  That’s from Carly Hazen, managing director at recruiting firm Prince, Perelson and Associates.  She has tips on how businesses should use ‘Best Practices’ to attract and hire the best candidates. Susan Speirs, the CEO of Utah Association of CPA’s says employees also need to be prepared.  They […]
Boost your emergency savings, NOW!   (24:23) July 13, 2022
If you want to know how to survive the recession, Michael Stevens, the founder of Capital Wealth Advisors, says having enough money tucked away for emergencies is how. Michael says taking advantage of free retirement funds — like your employers matching 401k is just one way to do it.  And you can go to RetireUtah.com […]
Test your dust for mold, not the air   (29:15) July 06, 2022
If you have mysterious health issues, it may be due to mold in your home.  Michael Rubino, author of “The Mold Medic” says mold can cause brain fog, breathing problems and neurologic symptoms — just to name a few problems. Michael discusses how to prevent getting mold in the first place and what not to […]
Why men and women think about money differently   (22:51) June 29, 2022
If a professional can’t explain financial terms in a simple way, it’s their problem, not yours.  So says Nicholle Overcamp, the CEO of Wilcox Financial Group.  She is also a financial coach with PowHERhouse Money Coaching. Nicholle says many times women are intimidated to ask deeper questions about their money, because some men want to […]
Equity doesn’t mean Equal   (33:03) June 22, 2022
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) can increase your wallet.  Paul Skeen, the co-chair of the National DEI Counci with Eide Bailly and Susan Speirs, the CEO of Utah Association of CPAs discuss the advantages of including people from many different backgrounds, including race, gender and military service. Skeen says profits at Eide Bailly more than […]
Costs of getting your backyard ready to entertain   (09:25) June 15, 2022
Are you ready for company at your home?  Bobby Berk, designer and tv host of Queer Eye on Netflix, has tips to make your space inviting.  He says you can spend thousands of dollars, but you can also spruce things up on the cheap as well. You can follow this show on Instagram and on Facebook. And to […]
How to recognize scam text messages   (14:36) June 08, 2022
Host Heather Kelly goes through some of the scam texts she’s received.  Is there a pattern you can use to identify possible scams you get on your smart phones? Also find out what to do if you click on link you shouldn’t have. You can follow this show on Instagram and on Facebook. And to see what Heather […]
Making electric vehicles affordable for lower income families   (24:07) June 01, 2022
Don’t lease, rent or buy an electric vehicle.  Scott Painter, the founder of Autonomy, says subscribing to drive an EV is the cheaper way to go. He says having a subscription does not require a credit check and can lower the average monthly cost of Tesla Model 3 from $600 to $490.  And he says […]
Turn financial learning into a family affair   (23:16) May 25, 2022
Entrepreneur, Antoine Campbell, say teaching kids NOW to exercise their brain muscles by learning about money and finance, will set them up for future success. He says something as simple as a lemondade stand can be turned into a learning lesson.  Hear about it in this episode along with some other tips. You can follow […]
The 5 worst ways to devastate your finances   (23:43) May 23, 2022
Les Robinson, the author of Protecting Your Money from Medicaid & Nursing Homes, says falling is the number 1 way to lose all your money. Find out why he says don’t wait until you are in the 5th month of a nursing home before you realize you’re in financial trouble. You can follow this show […]
How NOT to be a victim of affinity and romance scams   (29:03) May 18, 2022
Did you recently meet someone new online, either through social media or a dating sight?  Francswai Grayson, the communication outreach manager with the Utah Division of Securities, says if they ask you for money — DON’T give them any. Susan Speirs, the CEO of Utah Association of CPA’s, says you also need to be wary […]
These red flags can alert you to gift card scams   (14:20) May 11, 2022
More than 25% of Americans have given or received a gift card which had no value.  Kathy Stokes, director of fraud prevention with AARP, says gift cards are big business for scammers. Learn how to spot a scam on the AARP Fraud Watch Network.  And see a list of the most common scams on the […]
A former ice skating hitman discusses redemption and financial success, Part 2   (27:19) May 08, 2022
Part 2:  The man who attacked figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, Shane Stant, will always be known as a former felon and it limits his job opportunities.  His sister, Maile Stant, only knew him as a protector while she was growing up and has a rewarding career. Filmmaker Justin Kawika Young brings this story to the […]
How being a hitman for ice skating affected his future income potential, Part 1   (27:46) May 06, 2022
The man who attacked figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, Shane Stant, will always be known as a former felon and it limits his job opportunities.  His sister, Maile Stant, only knew him as a protector while she was growing up and has a rewarding career. Filmmaker Justin Kawika Young brings this story to the screen in […]
Has YOUR financial happiness improved during the pandemic?   (25:51) May 04, 2022
Humans are not good with uncertainty.  Dr. Benjamin Granger, organizational psychologist with Qualtrics XM Institute, says being uncertain at work, and in life, will make people unhappy faster than any thing else. Even though the pandemic did bring a lot of unknowns, A Qualtrics survey found many people are better off financially than ever before.  […]
Taxes filed, now what?   (23:03) April 27, 2022
Are you throwing your money away to the IRS?  Susan Speirs, the CEO of Utah Association of CPAs, says there’s ONE really important thing you can do to keep that from happening.   Susan also says the IRS has FREE tools available on their website to help you reduce your tax burden.  But if you can […]
How to prepare for rising interest rates and inflation   (25:01) April 20, 2022
The Federal Reserve is attempting to balance increased inflation and interest rates.  Michael Stevens, president and founder of Capital Wealth Advisors says raising interest rates is a way to bring down inflation.  But people need to be prepared. Find out the difference between the Avalanche Method and the Snowball Method when it comes to paying […]