January 2014

According to a 2012 survey, 92 percent of women in the United States admitted that they aren’t financially prepared for retirement because they haven’t planned and saved for it. Many women may be procrastinators when they think about planning for retirement, while others may not want to think about it because they’re afraid to face […]

Linda Stortz, CPA

About Linda Stortz, CPA

Linda A. Stortz, CPA, AFC, is a personal financial counselor with Financial Freedom Coaching, LLC, which provides financial counseling, coaching and education in the Tampa Bay, FL area. For more information, go to www.financialfreedomcoaching.com.

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Eleven things to do to help make sure no one steals your credit and debit card information: Use cash more often for such things as buying fast food and gasoline. Some thieves attach little card readers to gas-pump card terminals. Cover your hand when entering your PIN in the public credit card terminal. Cover your card when you remove […]

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Target and several other retailers recently were victims of data breaches over the holidays. What should you do? If you used plastic at any of them, especially at Target, monitor your account daily by logging in online to check out if there any unauthorized charges on your cards. Accept the credit monitoring service your card […]

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Are Auto Club’s roadside assistance to replace Christians lending a hand to stranded travelers? Isn’t it a terrible feeling when you car breaks down away from home? Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road, and someone stopped to help you replace a flat tire, or given you a ride to the […]

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This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the four Gospels* is from Luke 12:35-48, Jesus talking to us about the importance and eternal significance of being good stewards and laborers at all times. These verses fly right in the face of people who might believe in false Biblical perspectives when it comes to money and possessions. More on […]

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Do you have a special tax-advantaged savings account for health care expenses? There are several types of them to which the federal government permits employees and employers to contribute: Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Medical Savings Accounts (MSA), and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA). HSAs are required to be offered in conjunction with High Deductible […]

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Most people don’t seem to be able to keep New Year’s resolutions beyond a few months, but if you do these 6 things, I know you will reach your goals in 2014. For many of us in the United States, it is too cold to go outside, so take some time to plan and set […]

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