So you’ve read my book but you’d still like someone to talk you through your finances. Lucky for you, I have a few resources up my sleeve for free places to go for one-on-one coaching where the coaches aren’t trying to sell you anything.
Note: you are smart. If anyone I recommend here pushes a product, do your own research to make sure it’s really a good idea. The people that work and volunteer should not be endorsing products, but in case they do, be smart about it.
- Check your bank. Some banks offer financial counseling as part of their services.
- Check your workplace. My office’s retirement funds are held with a firm that sends representatives to the office for free in-person chats once a year. If I want retirement advice from them outside of those hours, I have to pay for it.
- If you are in the military or a veteran, look for the personal finance education program. This is called different things depending on your branch, but military installations have a lot of resources.
- Check your state cooperative extension. I first started volunteering as a financial coach through the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Word on the street is that Iowa offers this service as well.
- The Bank-On program offers one-on-one resources but you also have to attend classes.
- United Way often supports local financial education programs, so try calling your regional United Way office to see what they have near you.
I hope this is helpful– and for you financial wizards out there, consider volunteering as a coach in your own community.