This week we are talking with Ericka Young. Ericka Young is the president and founder of Tailor-Made Budgets which she opened in 2005 after she and her husband Chris climbed their way out of nearly $100,000 in debt. She became a certified financial coach by Dave Ramsey’s Lampo Group in 2006 and combines her passion for helping people with creative debt reduction techniques so everyone can have a path to financial freedom.  Ericka is a recognized financial expert who inspires people to significantly improve their finances, family and their future with a solid plan. Ericka’s Best-Selling book, “Naked and Unashamed: 10 Money Conversations Every Couple Must Have” was released online in February 2017 worldwide. She currently teaches her message of debt freedom through her e-newsletters, personal and group coaching, workshops and speaking engagements.  Ericka, Chris and their two teenage daughters reside in Fishers, IN. Ericka shares there is nothing that can prepare you for parenting teens, how goals can lead to successful budgeting, and the importance of open communication with your partner.  


Listen as Ericka shares how: 

  • Parenting teenagers have less resources than toddlers.
  • She has learned to “let go”.
  • She’s adjusted to having one child out of the home at college.
  • She and her husband got out of $100,000 debt in 5 years.
  • It’s possible to get out of debt by outlining goals.
  • Importance of communicating with your partner about money.
  • Looking back on your expenses to create a budget is key.
  • Tips to raising financially responsible children.
  • Introducing the concept of savings to young children.
  • To recover from overspending.
  • Setting small goals can get you a long way.



“My role is now a guide, a mentor, an encourager versus the teacher & the disciplinarian.” – Ericka Young


It doesn’t matter if you have a budget if you have no goal.  That’s futile. Goals make the budget stick.” – Ericka Young


“People think ‘I’m certain I have enough money to make my life work.’ You probably do. And the reason you don’t have the life that you want in reaching your goals is because you aren’t being realistic about your spending.” – Ericka Young


“We want to raise financially aware and responsible young people that can handle funds and not use yours.” – Ericka Young



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