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I love Mom Corps YOU so much, that I recently partnered with them to share even more of their great innovations and resources with you! This month, I had the pleasure of listening to three of the webinars offered by Mom Corps YOU. They were all very informative and interesting to listen to. I became a stay-at-home Mom last year, after working as a Paralegal for more than 10 years. I’ve already begun to feel “out of touch” with the corporate world, and Mom Corps YOU has helped me to find my way back and stay up to date with the outside world.
Become a Savvy Saver
On Tuesday, March 11th, Jean Chatzky hosted the ‘Become a Savvy Saver’ webinar sharing crucial tools for saving success. Jean is the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, an award winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky, so she really knows her stuff! These are the type of high quality professional speakers Mom Corp YOU offers to their community.
I actually missed this webinar when it was live because I had a doctor appointment, but the great thing about Mom Corps YOU, is that they keep webinar recordings on their website for 30 days, so you can watch it on your own schedule. As a stay-at-home Mom, I’m always looking for more ways to save money, so I watched this webinar a few days later.
Jean gave some AMAZING tips for saving money for the future, for vacations, for education, etc. These are all things that I can easily do, like automating transfers to savings and retirement accounts. When we don’t have to think about transferring the money into savings and retirement accounts on our own, the temptation to spend it first isn’t there. Great advice!
Another great tip was to save for a very specific retirement dream. Instead of having a “retirement fund”, have a “retirement on the beach in Hawaii fund” or whatever your dream retirement may be. That way, it’s not so generic, and you can actually picture that retirement in your mind every time you go to spend money that could be saved towards your retirement instead.
Jean also gave a whole bunch of great tips for saving money on groceries. I found these tips extremely helpful, because John and I always spend way too much money at the grocery store. Some of her tips include going grocery shopping by yourself, using coupons, planning your meals for the entire week, only going to the grocery store once per week, instead of several times throughout the week, and shopping around for the lowest price instead of being brand loyal.
She also gave 5 great questions to ask yourself while you are standing in line at checkout during an “impulse buy”. I think we are all guilty of those at one time or another. Next time you find yourself in that situation, ask yourself these questions:
- 1. Do I Need This?
- 2. What Happens To My Budget If I Buy This?
- 3. What Happens To My Budget If I Don’t Buy This?
- 4. How Long Will It Take Me To Pay For This? How Much Will It Cost Me To Pay For This (Interest on Credit Cards, Etc.)?
- 5. Will I Actually Want This After I Have Time To Think It Over?
She said that the best money saving tool is a good night’s sleep. Before going out and buying something on impulse, sleep on it. You might just wake up the next day, and realize that you actually don’t NEED that item you so desperately wanted the day before. Often times we shop simply because it makes us feel better (temporarily), and then we end up regretting it later.
I can’t wait to put all of Jean’s great tips to use in my household, and get my budget under control! We are getting VERY close to owning our own home (currently going through the loan process, which is almost done), and we need to save as much money as we can.
In addition to Chatzky’s webinar, Mom Corps YOU offers exclusive advice from Chatzky on how to cut fixed expenses, hire a financial adviser, and choose a credit card. I especially love the tips on how to cut fixed expenses. We often think that because it is a fixed expense, that there is no way to lower it, but there are ways, such as bundling cell phone, cable and internet plans into a lower priced package.
Being Prepared for Life’s Unexpected Challenges
On March 13th, Lee Woodruff hosted the ‘In An Instant – Being Prepared for Life’s Unexpected Challenges’ webinar on Mom Corps YOU. I was lucky enough to be able to attend this webinar while it was live. It was very inspiring listening to Lee tell the story of her husband being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, and how she dealt with the aftermath of that. She gave tips on how to be prepared for unexpected challenges, how to make a Plan B, and how priorities can sometimes get rearranged. I am very set in my ways, so I have a hard time deviating from a plan that has been put in place. I think we all need to learn to let go and just go with it sometimes though.
Social Media Strategies for Your Next Career
On March 18th, Mom Corps YOU hosted a ‘Social Media Strategies for Your Next Career’ webinar to help Moms learn why social media is a must-have tool for today’s job search and how to create an effective job search strategy for social media. Because I am a blogger, social media is a HUGE tool for me, so I would definitely love to learn more about how to use it to search for jobs. I missed this webinar, but it will be live for a few more weeks, and I will watch it at a time that is convenient for me.
Next month’s line up of events and webinars looks awesome as well. I am most interested in “The True Secret to Time Management for Working Moms”. I have been having a lot of difficulty with time management lately. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything I want. I find myself staying up until 2:00am some days just to get a blog post done. There’s got to be an easier way!
April, 2014 Events at Mom Corps YOU
|4/1||A Game Plan for Relaunching Your Career||| Gail Parsons||Mom Corps Expert|
|4/3||Live Your Legacy Now: Find your Passion – Change the World||| Barbara Shaiman||Barbara Shaiman|
|4/8||How to Build Your Personal Brand||| Gail Parsons||Mom Corps Expert|
|4/10||Your Network Equals Your Net Worth||| Genevieve Bos||IdeaString|
|4/15||The Inside Track – Top Tips from Recruiters||| Laura Wildman||Mom Corps Expert|
|4/17||Panel Interview OYB||| Jennifer Owens with TBD panel guests||Working Mother|
|4/22||Returning to Work Later? What to Do Now||| Maria Goldsholl||Mom Corps Expert|
|4/24||The True Secret to Time Management for Working Moms||| Jamee Tenzer||CMQ Coaching, LLC|
|4/29||Fireside Chat||| Allison O’Kelly||Mom Corps Expert|
Don’t forget! Mom Corps YOU has a live chat feature, where members can talk in real time to get career coaching on starting their job searches, structuring their resumes, following up on interviews, etc.
Mom Corps YOU is available via an online subscription for an introductory annual price of $99.99 (regularly $149.99) or $19.99 a month.
Which of the webinars offered by Mom Corps YOU are you most interested in listening to?
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