053: Find Your Soulmate Just in Time for "Cuffing" Season + Learning How to Get Out of Your Own Way to Make More Money with Andrea McGinty and Esra Ogut

In this episode of Saving With Steve, host Steve Sexton is joined by Andrea McGinty, America's Premier Dating Expert and the Founder of 33000Dates, and transformational coach, yoga teacher, and author of the book, Money Does Grow on Trees: The Myths We Create and Live By, Esra Ogut.

The cuffing season has arrived and this year will be the biggest in history as Americans emerge from the pandemic after COVID lockdowns and subsequent vaccinations eager to reconnect with friends, family, and online strangers. Many people are craving human interaction and are in search of their Prince or Princess Charming! Don't worry, my first guest, Andrea McGinty, is a 25+ year professional dating coach who has worked with over 33,000 clients. She has a dating site called 33000dates.com that helps individuals find their long-term match based on their online dating profile and preferences/choice of sites.

She joins us today to talk about how to build up an online dating profile, the dos and dont's with online dating, and 9 questions to ask your online dating coach. She also shares top tips for boldly entering the sizzling dating marketplace, and if it's worth it to date during the holiday season.

We have been told over and over again that we have less because others have more, that if we are materialistic we can’t be spiritual, that the rich are the root of all evil, if we are not successful we are not worth, and that money doesn't grow on trees. My second guest, Esra Ogut, is part of a new generation of prosperity leaders. Her unique approach to manifesting abundance and dismantling self-imposed limitations travels to the core of who we are and why we make the choices we do.

She joins us today to encourage us to take the responsibility for having created our own limitations, which is the first bridge to finding the true inner power needed to transform them, and provides insight on how we can awaken our own power to create abundance and prosperity in our lives.

Andrea McGinty has been a leader in dating since 1992. That's when she founded ItsJustLunch.com, a dating service that went from one tiny office in Chicago to 110 locations worldwide. 

The catalyst? Being dumped by her fiancée right before her wedding!

Her expertise and common-sense approach to dating proved to be a winner with her first marriage occurring 5 months later.  Approximately 33,000 dates later, she has a great understanding of what women and men are looking for and the right strategy to date smartly and efficiently online. And she wants to pass this knowledge on to you!

Andrea is the founder of several other successful businesses, but her passion remains helping people with their dating lives. She's been doing that since she was 14 years old and fixing up friends in high school and college. 

Five years ago, she began writing dating profiles and coaching others when friends and family began dating online. She rolled her eyes at the photos and descriptions some of them used. As with most successful things, word-of-mouth grew about Andrea’s practical, winning approach, so she decided to turn it into a business again! 

In the 2020’s, Andrea's a firm believer that there is someone for everyone – it just takes the right strategy online with an incredible pool of singles. And, she’s a firm believer that dating should be fun, not work. In working with Andrea, you will find her enthusiasm is not just about dating but getting to know and help you!

As a transformational coach and yoga teacher, Esra B. Ogut has helped people worldwide discover their power to live the life they choose.

She awakened to her own power to create prosperity when she finally realized that she was unconsciously going out of her way to limit it. At that moment, it dawned on her that abundance is a matter of choice for each of us. People choose it or reject it based on what they have come to believe about money.

Today, Esra helps people transform their lives to experience their own spiritual and financial abundance through one-on-one coaching and workshops. Individuals, celebrities, and corporations have all sought her services and mentorship.

Along with her husband and business partner, author, and transformational coach Aykut "Ike” Ogut, Esra pioneered transformational coaching in Turkey and co-created a sought-after coaching certification program.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Turkey’s Bosphorus University and a film and television certificate from UCLA, and is a certified instructor of kundalini yoga. 

Esra currently resides with her husband in Kauai, where they work online to train coaches around the world while continuing to write. Money Does Grow on Trees is Esra’s first book in English.