It’s been a while, friends.
This past year has tested all of us in ways we couldn’t have possibly imagined just twelve months ago. For me — like so many of you — that has meant I’ve had to change the way I move. Slow down the intensity and speed at which I share with you here.
Whether I like it or not.
But just because I haven’t been posting as regularly doesn’t mean I’ve been idle. In fact, there are some key bits of news I’ve been wanting to let you in on lately.
So let’s look at some financial stuff.
Know what’s coming back in 2021?
Speaking gigs with yours truly!
They’re all remote for now. Holding onto hope that the world will look different soon and we can see each other IRL again.
But in the meantime…
Busy Moms Special Needs Summit
This Spring, I was asked to speak at the Busy Moms Special Needs Summit. It’s a FREE online conference that runs from March 8 through March 12.
I KNOW!!! It’s already the 9th. I’m the worst. The good news is that each talk is available for 48 hours for FREE, so you’ve still got time to get caught up on anything you’ve missed.
The conference doesn’t necessarily focus on money. Rather, the focus is special needs parenting in general.
However, money can be a massive obstacle when you’re raising a disabled child. So that’s what you and I will be talking about.
You can catch my presentation at 1p on Friday, March 12, where we’ll discuss financial tools and resources for parents of disabled children age 21 and younger.
A lot of parents are only ever introduced to the medical model of disability. That’s problematic both from the perspective of how we raise our children in the day-to-day and how we understand advocacy efforts within financial and medical systems.
So we’ll start off briefly over-viewing the difference between the medical and the more cultural models of disability, and how you can keep those in mind as you’re making life decisions on behalf of your child.
Then, we’ll delve into some nerdy stuff about the cash side of things, like:
- Medicaid access.
- ABLE accounts.
- Asset tests.
- Income limits which create forced poverty.
- Resources dedicated to financing college and other career paths for disabled youth.
What if I can’t make it live?
If you’re like,
Lol. She thinks I’m going to be able to watch a conference live? Even with the 48 hours, I’m never going to be able to make it match my COVID schedule. Letting me know at the last minute like that.
Because luckily, the brains behind the conference, Tiffiny of 8 Busy Bees, has set up a VIP Access Pass which you can purchase. It will allow you to watch the content at your leisure whenever is convenient for you.
With the VIP Access Pass, you’ll also get bonuses like:
- 6-month access to the Busy Moms – Breakthrough Community.
- Coaching on how to visit Disney with disabled children. Disney is notoriously not good at accommodating families with different needs.
- Evaluating Your Self-Care Needs Workbook.
- And tons more.
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
I’m also excited to announce that my colleague Joyce and I will be speaking at the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at Vanderbilt University this Spring. You will have to be associated with the university to attend. If you are, I hope to see you there!
You can keep up with the Women’s Center’s news and upcoming events on Insta.
This will be a live, online event on April 5, 2021. We’ll be reviewing real-life money management tricks, while actually addressing the significant financial obstacles women face at nearly every turn within our society.
Self-Employed? Don’t miss this tax hack for the 2020 filing year.
Time for a pandemic money hack!
If you were self-employed in 2020 in any way — including from a side hustle, even if you’ve got a nine to five — there is a massive tax credit you should absolutely include in your filings.
It can be worth up to $15,110 per self-employed person.
And it’s refundable.
That means if you qualify, you could be getting a boatload of cash back in your pocket through this tax refund.
Please read it. Please file for it if you qualify. And please file an amended return if you’ve already filed so you can get the cash you’re owed.
You deserve every penny. And I want to see you get every last cent.
Here are some options to file your taxes for free.
Get financial assistance for your medical bills.
Now more than ever, every American should know their rights when it comes to hospital systems and financial billing.
At many hospitals across the country, average Americans are entitled to financial assistance with their medical bills — even if they have insurance.
THANK YOU, ACA!!!
Check out the latest story I did on this topic for The Penny Hoarder.
It could just be the read that saves you from drowning in unnecessary medical debt.
See you soon!
I’ll be checking back in! I’ve missed the community here at Femme Frugality, and want to thank you all for sticking with me through all these years. Perhaps especially this last one.