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Two Big Opportunities to Save Money Instead of Spend

As more Americans live paycheck to paycheck, Christina Lynn offers this advice

As we inch closer to the season where we’re encouraged to spend freely on not just others, but treat ourselves as well, financial advisor Christina Lynn says it’s important to step back and look at your bigger financial picture. Short term wins, she says, often do little for us in the long run. What are smart moves this time of…

Best Tips to Dine with Children (on a Budget)

Actually, if you're on a budget, why financial experts recommend you don't eat out

Fall often means your family is constantly on the go – you’ve got sports, after school activities and family outings that leave you little time to think, let alone eat. But if all of the running has you dining out more than you’d like, spending more money and possibly even gaining more weight than you might appreciate, Christina Lynn of…

Money Goals? Do These 3 If You’re Serious About Reaching Them

Christina Lynn of Lynn Financial is adamant – write down your goals and be specific about them. Without that, you are far less likely to succeed. And she wants you to find success. Here’s what else she recommends to reach important financial milestones. Categories: KDLT News Today – Top Stories, KDLT News Today Interviews, News, South Dakota Tags: Christina Lynn,…

Financial Lessons We Can All Learn From Natural Disasters

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s been a tough year here in South Dakota, and across the nation when it comes to natural disasters. We’ve experienced a lot of flooding locally, and recovering from that can really take a huge financial toll on a family. Christina Lynn of Lynn Financial joined us with what we might all learn from these recent…

$8.5M-Plus Wagered in Iowa’s First Month of Sports Betting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – More than $8.5 million was wagered at 13 participating casinos in Iowa’s first month of sports betting. Ames station WOI reports that figures release by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission show the state reaped nearly $146,000 in tax revenue from the wagers on sports events. The report shows Prairie Meadows in Altoona topped Ameristar…

Why You Shouldn’t Keep the House

A financial consultant's best advice for those going through a divorce

There are some incredibly important life and financial lessons those who have been through a divorce, especially with kids, will share. Among them, protect your assets. To do that, however, you may have to do some things you feel are counterproductive. Christina Lynn, of Lynn Financial, has learned this all too well, having gone through the process herself. One of…

5 Financial Questions to Ask Before Tying the Knot

It is perhaps one of the most important conversations to have with a significant other, yet one of those we tend to avoid at all costs as we prepare to spend the rest of our lives, homes and finances with another person. Personal finance expert, Christina Lynn of Lynn Financial, outlines the five most important financial discussions to have before…

These Are The Highest-Paid City Employees In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s no secret that city employees’ paychecks come from taxpayer money. So, have you ever wondered who the highest paid city employees are? Hint – it’s not the mayor. The city says it hires independent consultants every eight to 10 years to make sure it’s recruiting top talent. The city doesn’t want to lose employees to…

Salvation Army Seeking Bell Ringers in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- It’s that time of year again where you see red kettles and bell ringers out at local stores collecting donations for the Salvation Army. This year marks the non-profit’s biggest monetary goal yet: $350,000. To reach this goal, they not only need people to donate money, but also their time through volunteering. They’re looking for about 15…

Mayor TenHaken Proclaims This Saturday as “Small Business Saturday”

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – It’s official. Once again, Sioux Falls tops Forbes list of great places for small businesses. Forbes says the city’s GDP is $18-billion; not bad for a relatively small population. Now, Mayor Paul TenHaken has made a proclamation to keep those dollars circulating in the community. Del’Inkka Beaudion brought a piece of Louisiana with her when she…

Black Friday Finances: How to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- How much are you spending this holiday season? According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend on average over $1,000 shopping this holiday season. That’s 4 percent more than last year. It’s the season for deals and according to Christina Lynn with Lynn Financial, this will be  a good year for shoppers as the economy is…

Changes in Lyft Market One Year Later

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s been a year since Lyft came to Sioux Falls and within that time the ride-sharing service has evolved. Tom Anez was one of the first Lyft drivers in Sioux Falls. He started driving October 24th 2017. He says a lot has changed since his first day. “We probably had less than 50 drivers out by that weekend,”…

Pop Up Breakfast Raises Money for a Good Cause

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Sanaa’s 8th Street Gourmet, a popular Downtown Sioux Falls restaurant is usually closed on Sundays, but Sanaa opened up her doors this morning for a good cause. The restaurant held its first ever pop up breakfast. Sanaa’s usually serves Mediterranean food, but people were in for a treat today, as a traditional syrian breakfast was on the…

TenHaken Proposes $498 Million Dollar 2019 Budget

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls mayor Paul TenHaken is sharing his first budget address as mayor. He’s budgeting $498 million dollars for 2019. This is the largest proposed annual budget in Sioux Falls history, topping the previous record of $471 million in 2016. TenHaken’s administration calls the record-breaking proposal “cautious and realistic.” Sales tax is bringing in more revenue…

“It does start adding up quite a bit” – Teachers Sell and Swap School Supplies

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – According to a Federal Department of Education survey, 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies without reimbursement. This means many teachers are spread thin. Tonight, teachers in South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska are teaming up to cut costs. “You gotta keep up with the times,” said one teacher. Teachers are meeting…

South Dakota AG Community: Critics of Trade War & Bailout Plan

The president announced Tuesday, July 25th, a $12 billion plan to pay farmers for their losses and find new global markets.   However, some in South Dakota’s ag industry say a bailout won’t stop the damaging domino effect of the trade war with China. “It’s kind of a poor bandaid to put on for the time being,” said Scott Stahl,…

Minnehaha County Commission Votes Against Opt Out

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In a four to one vote, the Minnehaha County Commission voted not to increase property taxes in the county for next year. Most of the county commissioners agreed Tuesday afternoon that the 2019 balanced budget is already set in stone, so there’s no need to worry taxpayers for now. If approved, homeowners would have paid about…

EmBe Holds First Ever ‘EmBeCause Day’ to Raise Money

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- How much money can you raise in 24 hours? That’s what the organization EmBe is finding out with its first ever EmbeCause day. Organizers are trying to raise 20 thousand dollars in 24 hours. They’re doing hourly challenges, awards and incentives on Facebook to motivate people to donate. Among the prizes are winning a lunch with Mayor…