As much as we may love what we do, at the end of the day money does matter! In this episode, the very financially smart and savvy Kara Britt talks about some of the financial choices she has made since grad school. Learn how she makes her hard-earned money work for her, and her family’s future, and how you too can find ways to make your money work for you.
Discussion & Reﬂection Questions
- Have you thought about the different remuneration options in employment, such as contract versus hourly rates, and what might work best for the way you like to manage your money?
- Are you future focused in terms of your finances, or living day by day?
- How organized are you with your financial records and bank accounts? Have you thought about different bank accounts for different savings goals, and automating payments to these?
- Do you talk about finances with others, or is it a big taboo? Think about ways you can converse and learn with others on how to manage your money.
- Think about ways to make your hard earned money work for you. Read, do some research and use some of the free online calculators to help you plan.
“Start early. The earlier you can start, the better you’ll be. If you set aside $500 a month, if you can do that when you start out, you’ll never miss it. Whatever you decide to do, just pick a number, and then slowly try to increase it little by little. And once you see your money start to grow, it’s addicting!”
– Kara Britt
About Kara Britt
Kara, an Arkansas native, has been a speech-language pathologist for 12 years. She completed her undergraduate degree from Harding University and her graduate degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She has worked with kids from birth to five during her professional career. She currently works for an educational cooperative as a contract therapist. She served as a supervisor for Harding’s graduate school program in Zambia, Africa, for four summers. Although she enjoys her job, she plans to become work optional by age 50. Wife and mother of three, she enjoys being outside and traveling with her family. She loves to eat at Chick-fil-a and shop for great deals. She has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, China (twice), and Zambia.
Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP
Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.
The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.
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