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Elle Martinez from Couple Money discusses how to build your net worth and your marriage by helping you create a financial system that works for both of you. Each episode will tackle a topic that couples deal with such as paying off debt faster, saving for the future while still enjoying today, how to invest smarter, and retiring early.

Elle Martinez from Couple Money discusses how to build your net worth and your marriage by helping you create a financial system that works for both of you. Each episode will tackle a topic that couples deal with such as paying off debt faster, saving for the future while still enjoying today, how to invest smarter, and retiring early.


Raleigh, NC


Elle Martinez from Couple Money discusses how to build your net worth and your marriage by helping you create a financial system that works for both of you. Each episode will tackle a topic that couples deal with such as paying off debt faster, saving for the future while still enjoying today, how to invest smarter, and retiring early.






[Simplify & Enjoy] 5 Biggest Myths Around Financial Independence and Parenthood

Can parents pursue financial independence with kids at home? Today we’ll go over the five biggest myths and show how to enjoy parenthood and FI! Are Financial Independence and Parenthood Compatible? Even before we were familiar with the term financial independence, we were intrigued about this idea of gaining flexibility and freedom. When we were first married, we had two immediate financial goals – getting rid of the car loan and building our emergency fund. Our car payment wasn’t a...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Real Estate Investing: Is It Right for You?

Real estate investing can be a way to build up a passive income, but is it the right move for you? Learn about some of the different options you have and what you need to discuss before jumping in! Is Real Estate Investing Right for Us? We've been talking a lot this season about building and diversifying your income streams. Part of it is in reaction to the past year or so we’ve had. With some industries being hit hard with job losses and hours cut, having another source of income – even...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Mid-Year Reviews: How to Keep tabs on your Investments

It's June. The year is halfway over. Now is the perfect time to hit pause and do a midyear review to see how you're progressing with your goals and make sure that your accounts are moving in the right direction! Why Financial Reviews Matter While we automate much of our finances, especially the tedious parts. It really does pay to have these times where you sit down. In review the numbers. And having a financial checkup mid year is a fantastic opportunity. Not just to look at your day to...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Should We Invest in Bitcoin and Ethereum?

Cryptocurrency is part of the mainstream conversation and in the news, but should it be a part of your investment plan? We decode the terminology and go over the difference between speculation and investments. Should We Invest in Cryptocurrency? We’re talking about a topic that’s been popping up all over – cryptocurrency. Just this year alone, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others are on a roller coaster ride. Coinbase went public just this April. I’ve gotten questions first about exactly how...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Diversify Your Income

Learn how you can protect your family’s finances and open up more opportunities by diversifying your income! Why You Need to Diversify Your Income Diversifying income is something every family should consider. It can not only give you a bigger safety net, but it does give you some more options no matter what stage you are in your financial journey. Here are a few scenarios where diversifying and increasing your income can be helpful. We're still not out of the woods when it comes to the...


[Simplify & Enjoy] 2021 Summer of Savings

We're all looking to reconnect and have fun this summer. Today, we're going to go over ways to enjoy family barbecues, give some ideas on great outdoor ventures you can go on, and offer tips on how to grow your savings this season! Make This a Fun Summer of Savings For many families, summer is the season. Especially after the year we had in 2020, many of us are eager to embrace the warmer weather and be outside and go on vacation. As we mentioned last week, it's possible to have fun and...


The Art of Being Frugal: How to Live Well While Spending Less

We’re all looking to get the best value, but how can you balance saving money, hitting your financial goals, while still having fun? Today we’ll go over how you can master the art of being frugal! Can Being Frugal Make You Rich? Whether you’re pursuing a debt-free path, financial freedom, or independence, there’s one skill that can help you hit your goal faster – being frugal. I’m not talking about being cheap. I’m talking about living a rich life without spending a ton of money. When...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Protect Your Finances and Identity From Credit Card Fraud and Data Breaches

With credit card fraud and identity theft happening more frequently, we all have to step up our game. Learn keys ways to protect your finances and identity! Fraud Protection I hope you never have to deal with identity theft, data breaches, or fraud but chances are you will. There were 4.8 million identity theft and fraud reports received by the FTC in 2020, an increase of 45 percent from 2019. The Ascent from Motley Fool reported that credit card fraud was the most common type of...


[Simplify & Enjoy] What You Need to Know to Prepare For Retirement

Around 82% of Americans said their finances were affected by the pandemic and the fallout according to a recent Fidelity survey. If you’re planning on retiring in a few years, that can be a really scary thing. Today I want to share a resource that can help you get back on track with your retirement plan! The 5 Years Before You Retire: Retirement Planning When You Need It the Most How comfortable do you feel about your retirement? You’re not alone if you’re worried about it. 36% of...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Fun and Memorable Family Vacation Ideas to Try This Year

Many families are looking for a getaway this year, but also want to stay on budget. We'll go over some great family vacation ideas and ways to plan a wonderful trip! Planning a Family Vacation in 2021 How do you plan for a year where you don't know exactly what to expect? I think that's been the unofficial theme this season. We've been talking about how to create a budget that's flexible enough? How do you figure out your schedule? Now I'm hoping maybe a little cautiously optimistic,...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Boosting your Income with Side Hustles

Need a boost with your income? Learn how to find the best paying side hustles for you! Finding the Best Side Hustles That Pay Well Sometimes to hit your goal faster, you just have to earn extra mone. Of course that’s not the only thing you’re doing. If you’ve taken my Free 5 Days to $5K course, then you know we look at three pillars when it comes to ‘finding’ money. First we optimize your budget, evaluating expenses to see if they are necessary or they bring you joy. Second, we uncover...


[simplify & Enjoy] Thinking of Buying a House? Here’s What to Expect

Getting ready to start house hunting? Get tips on how you find and buy a house you love that is still affordable! Are You Ready to Buy a House? Right now with the national median listing price in December was $340,000, chances are buying a house – it’s typically the biggest purchase a family makes. Depending on where you live it can be a hot seller’s market, making it even more difficult to find a place that you love. That’s why it’s so important to go in prepared not financially, but...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Sell Your House for More

Thinking of selling your house? Today we’ll go over how to prepare your place so you can get the best price for it! What You Need to Know to Sell Your House for More Selling a house, especially when it is your first place, can be overwhelming. Even in a seller’s market like we have here in Raleigh, you have work to do. You have to fix up your space, stage your house, and have it ready for showings. Let’s not forget this added layer of social distancing and safety we need to practice...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Weekend DIY Home Projects What You Need to Know to Tackle Them

Who doesn’t love a good DIY home project? But how do you take what you see online or on television and translate that into your home, especially when you are not naturally handy? Today, we’ll look at what you need to know to get started and build up your DIY skills! Getting Started with DIY home Projects Last week we were talking about being a frugal foodie, home brewing, and having a garden at your place. These are some of my favorite topics. I enjoy talking about how to save money and...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Frugal Foodie: Homebrewing and Gardening

Just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t still be frugal foodies. Today, we’ll look at how you can jumpstart a garden and start making craft brews at home! Frugal Foodie at Home Frugal foodie is back! If you’re new to this series, it’s where we explore ways you can eat well without breaking the budget. For some though, when you hear frugal. It means cheap. I get it. Maybe, you know, someone who brags about getting the absolute lowest price on everything. Whether it’s good or...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Make Taxes Less Stressful

Tax season is here. How prepared are you? Today we’ll go over how to make filing your taxes easier and less stressful! How to Make Taxes Less Stressful Between the paperwork you need to track, tax terms that are dry, and the eye-opening nature of going through your finances for the year, taxes can understandably make you anxious. If you’re looking to optimize your finances, you have to get your taxes done right. Today, I want to give you a quick and easy guide on preparing for your...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Tackle Your Student Loans in 2021

How can you plan and budget for a year when there are so many things up in the air? Today we’ll go over how the two of you can create a plan and budget so you can hit your goals while being flexible enough to switch gears if needed! How to Hit Your Money Goals During a Uncertain Year This first month of 2021 is just about wrapped up and already it's been an eventful year! A huge challenge we faced in 2020 and it looks like for a good part of this year, it's going to be creating plans...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Build a Family Budget That Actually Works

For many families, 2020 threw us for a loop. Today we’ll look at how you can revamp and build your budget so you can hit your financial goals faster! Revamping Your Budget I think it’s fair to say that last year did not go as any of us planned. I’m not going to recap the year – we were all there- but honestly, we had a lot curve balls thrown at us. Because we had to make so many changes with how we worked, did school, and more, our day to day routines changed and our budgets did as...


[Simplify & Enjoy] Creating a Debt Free Plan That Fits You

Dealing with debt can be a grind, especially if you have a ton of debt or if it is high interest. Today we’re going to see how the debt lasso method can speed things up with credit card debts and we’ll get tips on how to pay off over six figures of debt without sacrificing fun! Creating a Plan to Pay Off Your Debts One of the most popular goals families make when it comes to money is paying off their debts and with good reason. Even before the pandemic, debts were a considerable chunk...


[Simplify & Enjoy] How to Set Great Habits for Your Home, Home and Life ( and Actually Keep Them This Year)

Most parents have their hands full and too many times our finances, health, and homes don’t get the attention they should. We go over how you can reset your habits so you simplify your finances, home, and lives to enjoy some big wins this year! Reworking Your Habits For multiple reasons, 2020 was a challenging year. Even if you weren’t directly affected by the pandemic or managed to avoid the financial fallout of it, chances are you were impacted by what was happening. If you’re a...