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I hope you can help. What does an independent, savvy single woman do when most of her single income is tied up in a mortgage and living costs? On the one hand it's great to be financially independent, but it doesn't leave anything left over to socialize and meet potential partners. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.

James Ludwick
MainStreet Financial Planning, Inc.
(410) 695-1556
2327 Sandy Walk Way
Odenton, MD
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Thaddeus Toal
Rockwood Wealth Management
(410) 224-0097
200 Harry S Truman Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Patricia Currey
Currey Financial Consulting, LLC
(410) 956-0655
810 Caroline Lane
Edgewater, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, CFP®

Darrell Kingsland
Darrell E Kingsland, CPA
(410) 772-0301
10450 Shaker Dr, Ste 112
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, CLU, CPA/PFS

Chad Norfolk
Financial Advantage, Inc.
(410) 715-9200
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 100
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Special Needs Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Brian Booth
Rockwood Wealth Management
(410) 224-0097
200 Harry S Truman Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Martin Hopkins
Hopkins Investment Management, LLC
(410) 757-7980
12 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

David Hofstad
Independent Financial Advisors
(301) 772-7411
5711 Euclid Street
Cheverly, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, CPA, EA, MA, MS

L. Edward O'Hara
Capital Asset Management Services
(301) 680-0840
12510 Prosperity Drive, Suite 150
Silver Spring, MD
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, EA

Mark Stinson
Baltimore-Washington Financial Advisors, Inc.
(410) 461-3900
5950 Symphony Woods Road, Suite 600
Columbia, MD
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

So Many Living Expenses There's no Money Left for my Life!

Q: I hope you can help. What does an independent, savvy single woman do when most of her single income is tied up in a mortgage and living costs? On the one hand it's great to be financially independent, but it doesn't leave anything left over to socialize and meet potential partners. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated... -KLM, Australia


 

First congratulations for being a home owner! That is very savvy of you. With that being said, you don't want to be in a situation where your finances are so tight there is no room to breathe or socialize!

Start by coming up with a realistic number of how much extra you need a month. Once you have that number, you can start looking for it in other places in your budget. Perhaps you can bring your lunch to work, so you have extra money to go out at night. Or maybe you don't need your cable TV or other monthly subscriptions we tend to forget about. You can also carpool to work to help with commuting costs.

The next place to examine is your fixed expenses. Do you have a gym you aren't using? Or are your car payments too high? If so, consider a less expensive model. If you carry credit card debt, the interest payments can really weigh you down as well. Deal with the debt and eliminate it as fast as you can.

On a final note, if your mortgage is too much to handle right now, perhaps you need to refinance and get a better rate. Or consider moving to another home where your payments will be less.

These are all great habits to integrate whether you are single or in a relationship!


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