About Well Kept Wallet

Core values:

  • Always put the reader first
  • Be an honest source of accurate information
  • Be transparent
  • Always make things right if there has been a mistake

Mission Statement:

To transform lives through personal finance education.

About Deacon Hayes, Founder and CEO

Hi! My name is Deacon Hayes and I am a personal finance expert, speaker, and podcaster.

I founded Well Kept Wallet in 2010 initially to share my story on how I paid off $52,000 of debt in only 18 months.

I was so excited about the process that I decided to become a Financial Planner with Ronald Blue and Company.

After a few years of working with high net worth individuals, I realized I wanted something more.

I wanted to reach the average person who was looking to better their financial lives. I then switched gears to figure out how to help people make money, save money and pay off debt; but this time through this website.

I have had the privilege to be a writer for US News and World Report as well as Clark Howard.

I also have been featured in many news publications including Yahoo Finance, US News & World Report, Forbes, CNN Money, and more.

In 2017, I got a publishing deal with Adams Media (a division of Simon and Schuster) where I wrote the book: You Can Retire Early! Everything You Need to Achieve Financial Independence When You Want It.

You can retire early book cover

About the book

You Can Retire Early! is the definitive guide to financial independence at any age! Retiring early is not limited to lottery winners or the super rich. In fact, with proper planning, we can all retire at a younger age than we ever dreamed—but only with the right plan.

You will learn practical, concrete steps you can take to start your retirement when you’re young enough to thoroughly enjoy it, including:

*Developing a personalized retirement plan
*Maximizing income
*Understanding opportunity cost
*Assessing and reducing debt
*Selecting the right investment vehicles
*Sticking to the plan

The goal of this book is to show you that you can achieve financial independence and enjoy an active, happy, and long retirement.

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