Embrace Financial Empowerment

Financial Consultations With Liz

No one cares as much about your financial health as you do. I will empower and educate you to take the best possible care of your money and, by extension, yourself.

Embrace Financial Empowerment

Financial Consultations With Liz

No one cares as much about your financial health as you do. I will empower and educate you to take the best possible care of your money and, by extension, yourself.

Have you ever thought:

I should know how to manage my money. At my age, I shouldn’t still be confused by this!

The last financial advisor I went to didn’t listen to me and used all kinds of jargon and acronyms I didn’t understand. It was so confusing that I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do next.

I’m worried I’ve done the wrong thing for so many years that I won’t be able to fix it. Do I even have enough time left to save for retirement?

I’m frustrated with how poorly I’ve managed my money over the years. I’m too embarrassed to even ask for help at this point.

I am the only person I know who doesn’t have their money under control.

If so, I can help!

I will meet you where you’re at with your money–whether that means helping you figure out what you’re spending every month or advising you on detailed tax-advantaged strategies to facilitate early retirement.

I’m here for it all. What can I say? There’s nothing I love more than helping people with their money. Well, pastries might be loved more, but let’s not get into that…

Meet Your Financial Consultant

Hi, I’m Liz,

– though officially it’s Elizabeth Willard Thames – and I’m the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog, Frugalwoods.com, author of the book, Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living and a financial consultant.

I’ve been featured for my work on The Today Show, PBS, NPR, in the New York Times, Forbes, Parents Magazine and more. I received a BA from the University of Kansas, an MA from American University and then worked in the non-profit sector for a decade.

I now live on a homestead in rural Vermont with my husband, our two young children and nine chickens. When I’m not helping people with their money, I love to hike, do yoga, sing in my church’s choir, garden very badly, ski (also pretty badly), have bonfires with friends, go on dates with my husband and chase our kids (and chickens) around the yard.

Why Should You Hire Me?

I want you to feel as confident about your finances as you do about every other aspect of your life. How you use your money dictates the type of life you lead.

Let’s work together to make sure you’re leading the life you want to–not the life your finances are forcing you to.

After a Financial Consultation with Liz:

You will be able to let go of financial anxiety because you’ll understand your money, what it’s doing, what changes you need to make and how to execute those changes.


You’ll feel confident about when you can retire and that you won’t run out of money in retirement.


You will no longer struggle trying to figure out how and/or if you can pay for your kids’ college.


You’ll have a roadmap for paying off your debt.


You will understand why investing is important, what investing vehicles are available to you, how to get started and how to optimize your existing investments.


You’ll have savings and investing goals. You’ll know how to track your progress and make those goals a reality


You will no longer carry around shame or guilt about your money. Instead, you’ll feel empowered and confident.


As your parents age, you’ll have a clear idea of how much you’ll be able to support them financially.


You will no longer feel alone on your financial journey!

Schedule a free call today to embark on a transformative financial journey.

Here’s How We’ll Work Together:

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I will listen to you with compassion as you outline your hopes, fears and goals about your money and your life. It’s my job to figure out how we can craft your finances to make your best future possible. I will build a comprehensive map of your finances and a plan for you to follow.

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I will ensure that you understand your financial plan and all of the next steps you need to take.

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You will emerge from the consultation process confident about your next money steps, empowered to manage your money for the long term and at peace with your financial future.

My Services

What You’ll Pay and What You’ll Get

I’m transparent about my pricing because I don’t believe in hidden fees or upselling.

Financial Tune-up

$1,500

For people who are financially savvy and want a second opinion on their money trajectory. I’ll provide feedback, check your assumptions, raise questions you haven’t considered & help you feel confident about the financial strategies you’ve mapped out.

  • Access to my custom financial organization workbooks, which you’ll complete and send to me prior to our call.
  • An in-depth 90-minute conversation about your finances. You will no longer be alone on your financial journey—I’ll be there to bounce ideas off of.
  • Prior to our conversation, I will study your workbooks and come prepared with feedback, advice and questions to help you optimize your financial future.
  • This package does not include a written financial plan or software-based financial modeling and forecasting.
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Complete Financial Consultation

$3,500

For folks who need a complete financial plan and analysis of their financial future. No prior money experience required!

  • A complete written financial plan addressing all aspects of your finances, including custom retirement projections made with retirement modeling software. This plan will teach you how to manage your money, answer your questions and provide a set of detailed next steps.
  • Access to my custom financial organization workbooks.
  • A series of three 90-minute calls to discuss your goals, compile your information and review your complete financial plan.
  • A fourth and final 90-minute call approximately six months after you receive your plan. We’ll discuss your progress, address questions that have cropped up and ensure you’re on track for executing your longer-term goals.
Complex Financial Consultation

$5,500

For folks with complex financial situations, including more than one rental property and/or a small business.

  • A complete written financial plan addressing all aspects of your finances, including custom retirement projections made with retirement modeling software. This plan will teach you how to manage your money, answer your questions and provide a set of detailed next steps.
  • Access to my custom financial organization workbooks.
  • A series of three 90-minute calls to discuss your goals, compile your information and review your complete financial plan.
  • A fourth and final 90-minute call approximately six months after you receive your plan. We’ll discuss your progress, address questions that have cropped up and ensure you’re on track for executing your longer-term goals.

Not sure which package is right for you?

Book a free 15-minute call with me to discuss.

Please note: I don’t offer consultations on detailed business accounting practices, complex tax-advantaged early retirement strategies (beyond the norm), in-depth travel hacking, crypto, dividend investing or other unusual investing avenues, real estate investing (beyond the basics).

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FAQs

No, I am not a licensed financial advisor, certified public accountant or investment adviser.  Traditional financial advisors are not in the business of educating their clients. Rather, they typically prefer for clients to NOT ask a lot of questions and have a relatively low financial IQ so that they can select investments that benefit the advisor with kick-backs. Unsurprisingly, these investments aren’t always in the best interest of the client.

My goal is not to manage your money for you. My goal is to educate and empower you to manage your own money.

Financial management isn’t rocket science. Investment firms and advisors throw around tons of jargon to try and scare us into thinking we mere mortals could never learn how to manage our own money. But for the vast majority of people in the vast majority of situations? That’s just not true.

Yes! You can learn what you need to know in order to make informed, wise financial choices at every stage of your life. I will help you in this learning process. I will give you the tools you need and get you launched. We’ll review and discuss everything as many times as you want.

If you don’t understand the financial plan I create for you, then I haven’t done my job.

Absolutely not. I dig into the nuances of your financial life–and life life–to ensure my advice is specifically tailored to what you need. I’ll review every aspect of your life that has a dollar sign as well as your aspirations and goals. After all, the most important thing is what you want to do with your money. Also, I love lattes.

Nope! Nor do I want to. Since I don’t work for a company or an investment firm, my incentives are aligned with yours—I want what’s best for YOU, not what’s best for a company’s bottom line. I don’t profit from giving anyone bad financial advice – quite the opposite, in fact.

No, all of my consultations are done via 90-minute video calls. You’ll book a time that works for you and we’ll convene on the screen. We can do audio-only if you prefer.

Not unless you want to! I’m not all that frugal myself, I just like the name since I live on a homestead in the woods of rural Vermont. Also, “moneywoods” sounds too weird.

Probably so and it’s probably not as super-weird  as you think. I’ve seen A LOT of people’s money and it would take A LOT to shock me.

You can always book a free 15-minute call to make sure I can help you. There are some strange little corners of personal finance that I don’t have the expertise to help you with and I’m happy to chat before you book a consultation.

Absolutely! I’ve worked with gay, lesbian, straight, queer, bisexual and polyamorous people. I’ve worked with women, non-binary folks and men. I’ve worked with transgender and cisgender people. All are welcome, affirmed and supported.

Everyone deserves a healthy financial future.

Nope! I’ve worked with clients with net worths ranging from -$300k to $5M+.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure what “net worth” means, let alone what yours is. I’m here to help you with that.

Absolutely not. I’m going to work with what you already have.

There are no “get rich quick schemes” that actually work, so we’ll be operating solely in the world of non-scammy reality.

100%. I’m here because Google doesn’t do a very good job of listening to you, reassuring you that you’re on the right track and tailoring financial advice to your specific questions, circumstances and goals.

I’m not a fact machine – I’m a financial friend and resource. I’m not going to bullshit you, I don’t have some secret knowledge that you can’t find on the internet. What I have instead is compassion, empathy and experience.

Because the opportunity costs of not getting on top of your financial situation are enormous. In addition to the monetary costs of not properly managing your money, there’s the intense emotional toll that financial anxiety and stress exact on your life.

Absolutely! Email me at liz@frugalwoods.com and I’ll be happy to share with you.

Have more questions?

Liz is so insightful and thoughtful, and gave me pragmatic, meaningful advice that works with my life. I felt incredibly seen and heard by her.

She truly took the time to ask important questions, learn about me, my family and my values, and tailor her advice to my and my family’s unique needs. Grateful to have the opportunity to work one on one with her.
S.M.
Attorney
Take Control of Your Financial Future

I can help you with any question you have about your money

I’ll help you understand your entire financial situation, set clear goals, and provide practical solutions for managing your money.

Wondering if I can help you? Book a free 15-minute call and we’ll talk it through.