254: How to manage your money wisely – with Miriam Neff + Valerie Neff Hogan (PART ONE)

By August 30, 2022August 31st, 2022The Simplifiers Podcast

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Do you feel like you know how to manage your money wisely? On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in this department? For me, I feel like there’s always more to learn as we save, spend, invest and share the money I make in life, especially when I think about one day sending my kids off to college and if my retirement strategy is really as strong as it could be.

My special guests today are mother and daughter duo, Miriam Neff and Valerie Neff Hogan and they are simplifying how to manage your money wisely. With inflation on the rise, it’s no wonder many feel like they are living paycheck to paycheck these days, not sure how to stretch their budget any further, much less save for the future. In their eyes, more women than ever before have control of capital and are making the overarching financial decisions for their households. Yet, not every woman has command of the lingo, the underlying principles, or the big-picture perspective of money management. Framed by their Christian values, they are here to provide the financial overview you need to make wise decisions in this realm.

Here’s how.


My special guests today are Miriam Neff and Valerie Neff Hogan and they are simplifying how to manage your money wisely.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

  • What the first few steps are to course-correct if you’re in debt and how to understand your current money situation better
  • How to wisely manage your money, including best practices with housing, managing debt, insurance and discretionary expenses like clothes, food and entertainment 
  • Why they think we humans are so obsessed with collecting and buying unnecessary stuff
  • Which things to look for when choosing a financial advisor to run alongside you that has your best interests at heart
  • Why it’s so important to have a living will, regardless of how old you are – how to get one sorted
  • …and ultimately, what role giving and generosity plays in managing your money wisely.

All this month, we’re focused on the theme of “Discernment” –  learning how to make wise decisions to change the course of your work and life in a positive way.  And let’s face it, when you’ve got a firm foundation in money management skills as well, this also can help you make good decisions in the long run. Every day is a fresh start and a new beginning. 

1000 daily choices is how you begin a brand new life. 

We explored what that meant on every level this month, both personally and professionally.

As always, ping me over on Instagram @thesimplifiers – and tell me your thoughts:

  • What new ideas did this conversation spark for you? 
  • Is money a taboo subject to talk about in your household? (yes/no)

Share this episode with a loved one and discuss it together.  The accountability found in just one trusted friend or colleague is immeasurable in helping you make forward progress.

You can do it, I believe in you… it’s time to simplify!

Q: Are you ready to learn how to manage your money wisely? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing

<What’s catching my eye this week>

My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and manage your money wisely this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Wise Women Managing Money: Expert Advice on Debt, Wealth, Budgeting, and More – Miriam Neff + Valerie Neff Hogan

Podcast: How to find your dream home, featuring Robin McCoy – The Simplifiers Podcast

Resource: Find a trusted financial advisor – BrokerCheck by Finra

Resource: Micro-loans for entrepreneurs around the world doing amazing things – Kiva

Book: The Intelligent Investor – Benjamin Graham

Book: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan – Priscilla Shirer

Resource: Free budget templates – Wise Women Managing Money

Podcast: How to buy better, consume less, featuring Sian Conway-Wood – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to squash your limiting self-beliefs – The Simplifiers Podcast

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About Miriam Neff + Valerie Neff Hogan

Miriam Neff – She is the founder and president of Widow Connection (a not-for-profit ministry) and the author of eleven books, including From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You and Women and Their Emotions. She is a counselor by profession and the co-creator of a video series, with her daughter Valerie Neff Hogan, Wise Women Managing Money. 

Valerie Neff Hogan – She holds a law degree and a Certified Financial Planner who works with National Christian Foundation, Orchard Ministry Development, and Widow Connection. She loves to help people overcome financial obstacles to achieve freedom, become more generous, and do more ministry.

Where Miriam + Valerie hang out online:

Website: wisewomenmanagingmoney.com

LinkedIn: @valeriehogan

Miriam and Valerie’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

…you’ll just have to wait and see in PART TWO of this conversation!

Miriam Neff Valerie Neff Hogan

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