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[Video] Get Organized: Your Accountant Will Thank You!

Financial Design Studio Taxes Organized

Get Organized: Your Accountant Will Thank You! STEPHEN SMALENBERGER, EA It’s that time of year when you’re thinking about filing your tax return.  I don’t know how many times I’ve seen someone bring in a box of unopened mail or receipts and give it to their accountant.  What if you came in earlier, organized, and…

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[Video] Rent Or Buy

Financial Design Studio Rent Buy Video

Studio Chat: Renting vs. Financing a Home Purchase STEPHEN SMALENBERGER, EA & MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® One question we get a lot is Do you rent or do you buy?  We’ve done both; rented and now own a home.  There’s such a simplicity in renting!  You know what your fixed costs are each month with no…

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[Video] College Savings

Studio Chat: Advisor’s Take On College Savings STEPHEN SMALENBERGER, EA & MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® One of the areas you want to discuss once you have children is whether to save or fund your children’s college education.  Do you want to fund all of it, some of it, none of it? In planning for the day…

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[Video] DIY vs. Hiring Professionals

FDS DIY Video Professionals

DIY vs. Hiring Professionals STEPHEN SMALENBERGER, EA & MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP® We all work with different types of professionals whether it be an accountant, attorney, or insurance agent for some examples.  You’ve likely considered using them in your life.  With all of these professionals to choose from there’s been one thing that we’ve talked about…

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[Video] Merry Christmas!

STEPHEN SMALENBERGER, EA Think of a special gift you’ve gotten for Christmas?  One that we like to give is shared experiences.  Think of a Disney on Ice, going on a ski trip with your family, dinner, movie, or concert tickets.  All of these are really special because it shows that you’ve thought of someone else…

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