Timeline Checklist

Whether you’re planning ahead and getting an early start or you feel you’re late to the game,
NOW is the time to create a Safe Money options.

Not sure where to start?
Below is a basic guideline based on age range and phases of life.


Put your seatbelt on and get ready.  There are so many changes in this decade!  So many “wants” and not enough money; so many ideas and people with opinions of what to do.

How do you prioritize? Where should you start?
Where do you get the most accurate information?

  1. Take inventory of current debt
    • How is the interest rate calculated? 
    • What will the total cost be when making payments?
  2. Establish a budget & prepare for living on your own
    • If you are living at home and not paying rent and expenses, put these costs into a savings account. This will help you figure out if you can afford to be on your own & learn to live within your own means.
  3. Evaluate your job benefits
    • What work benefits do you have and how would they work for you? Do you have the following:
      • Disability insurance
      • Life insurance
      • 401K
      • Medical/Dental
      • Flexible spending (FSA/HSA)
  4.  Establish & grow your savings:
    • Emergency funds
    • Retirement
      • Don’t make the mistake of thinking retirement seems too far off to worry about it. Let me show you how your money can grow when saved early 
    • Roth vs traditional IRA
      • Do you know the difference? Let’s talk it out!

It’s never too early to start saving. That doesn’t mean you can’t spend – but let’s discuss smart money decisions to set you up for success, now and later in life.

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Can we all agree that your 30’s is the “Decade of Change”? This is that period in life where you’re making several large financial decisions and it’s time to seriously “adult”.  

Establish a strong financial foundation NOW before you learn too late how many quality options depend on age, income and health. As is said, “We will never be younger than today!”

  • Career
    • Evaluate your work benefits and how they work for you:
      • Disability insurance
      • Life insurance
      • 401K
      • Medical/Dental
      • Flexible spending (FSA/HSA)
    • Savings
      • Emergency funds: do you have 6-12 months worth?
      • Retirement: how much are you saving (and where)?
      • Roth vs traditional IRA: let’s discuss the differences and which one is most beneficial to YOU
  • Purchasing a home
    • Assess your mortgage and consider pros and cons of paying off your home sooner
  • Marriage vs living together
    • Consider the financial implications of each arrangement
      • Legal documents*
      • Children, blended families
      • Property
  • Starting a family
    • It’s not just about your future anymore. Develop a plan to include the following:
      • Guardianship and other legal documents*
      • Life insurance
      • College planning: what are options to help grow college dollars

What changes are you experiencing in your life right now? What do you want/expect to encounter within the next few years? Are you prepared?

Let’s discuss your financial goals so we can ensure you’re set for success.
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*RDH Insurance does not provide legal advice or services. Consult your legal counsel regarding your specific situation.


Your 40’s is a decade where some of the decisions in your 30’s may have been addressed and others are still in progress. If not already planned, these are the years to firmly establish the cornerstones of your financial house.

  1. Career, Home, Marriage, Family
    • All the priorities and decisions made in your 30’s are typically still in play
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  2. Retirement: This decade is the perfect time to add a financial services professional to our conversation. This will be complimentary and educational.
    • Run projections of where you are now and where you want to be
    • Navigate college expenses vs retirement savings

No more procrastinating. It’s time to buckle down and plan for your future.

 Click below to schedule a call and I’ll guide you through your next steps!


I, personally, am in this season of life and am blessed to have my two children launched and raising their own families. My thoughts about money have changed and I no longer worry about grocery money – but I do worry if I will outlive my money. Let’s work together to prevent you from wondering the same.

  1. Retirement: This is the decade to include a financial services professional into the conversation. Getting a clear picture of all monies and what annual income you are projected to have in retirement is important. Creating this analysis when you still have years to work will guide you to what changes may be needed to reach your goal. This consult will be complimentary and educational.
    • Get a firm understanding of where you stand.
      • What is your projected retirement income from the assets you have accumulated? And is that amount adequate?
      • What options are available to increase this number?
      • Do you want/have a pension?
      • How will your savings be affected if you require LTC in retirement?
      • Are your parents prepared for their own retirement?

My grandmother lived to just shy of 103.  Unfortunately, she outlived her money.  She had a long-term care event and the financial consequences fell to me and my sister. 

To prevent my children from experiencing a similar fate, I created my own strategy to ensure I have consistent income in retirement.

Let’s create a retirement income strategy specific to YOU so you can say the same.
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What is your definition of retirement?
My husband’s is: “to be done working”.
Mine is: “to not have to financially work”.
Sounds the same and yet very different creating the life we want to lead.

Did you plan correctly for yourself? Now that you are here, are there new goals that you want to achieve and does this impact your retirement dollars?

  1. Do you have enough assets to not outlive your money?
  2. Do you have anxiety about the stock market going up and down and would like options for stable income?
  3. Do you have “lazy assets” (money in savings accounts, CDs that are out of surrender, cash in a brokerage account) and are looking for a way to earn a higher but steady interest rate while still having access to the dollars?

Hopefully the checklist is complete and you’re now able to kick back and look forward to your “optional working” years!

If you’d like to discuss any questions or simply confirm your secure financial position, click below to schedule a quick phone call. Together, we’ll sort through any other possibilities or simply celebrate your success!

My story has evolved.  Life has a way of changing everything and my journey has been no different.  With every season, I’ve grown in how I view what is important.

 I heard someone say that we should not follow our passions but follow what we are curious about.  I am curious about people, about finding answers to problems/concerns, about being a cheerleader for someone to reach their goals & live the life they desired.

My financial practice began by working with younger clients and helping them understand the importance of protecting the thing that fuels all areas of our life: the paycheck that affords our lifestyle. 

I can help guide you through creating a personalized safety net to help protect you, no matter your age or phase of life.

Take a minute to schedule a quick call and make those first few steps towards financial freedom.  We’ll focus our attention on where you are now and plan on how we can get you where you want/need to be.

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