Category Archives: Living the life of your dreams

Financial Survival Skills & The Fate of the Cake Plate

I decided I would save my family money by painting our kitchen myself. I’m a pretty good painter, a friend who is an interior designer helped me choose paint colors, and Home Depot offered a rebate on paint. The kitchen … Continue reading

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Hate Budgeting? Minimalism Might Help

Wouldn’t it be great if you only had to afford stuff you really loved and regularly used? <– And no matter what kind of stuff or how much stuff you have, some people simply won’t like you and that is … Continue reading

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What I See in My Work as a Financial Planner

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM professional and as President of Lauber Financial Planning, a Registered Investment Advisor, I have a code of confidentiality, so absolutely no names or identifying information will be shared here – or anywhere. Some years ago I … Continue reading

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The moment in a parking lot that I realized a big truth

It was evening and I was walking to my car after a very interesting theater experience (about philanthropy, family, grief, and asking people for money, put on by Theatre For Change).  I was casually chatting with a client as we both … Continue reading

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Money for Enjoyment: Make Sure It’s In Your Budget

This may initially sound counter-intuitive (“Don’t most people spend too much on enjoyment?”) but you’d be surprised. This month at the “I HATE Budgeting (But I Like Having Money)” support group we discussed setting money aside in your budget specifically … Continue reading

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Why We Judge Others & Ourselves When It Comes to Money

I think most people assume that the biggest part of my job is to make sure people have “enough” money. Actually, the biggest part of my job is to help people feel as if there’s “enough” money, because “enough” is … Continue reading

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The Eight Rules for Financing Your Version of “The Good Life”

I have seen a lot in my 22 years as a financial planner, you’d be surprised. For example: I always close my door so clients have privacy but the other people in my office have to close their doors as … Continue reading

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Hate Budgeting? Being Resourceful Can Help…a lot

The “I HATE Budgeting (But I Like Having Money)” support group met twice in September to discuss how to be more resourceful. In a few words, it’s all about creativity, fun and joy. The key to being resourceful in terms … Continue reading

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It’s Okay, You Just Can’t Afford It

Don’t take it personally, you just can’t afford it. It doesn’t mean anything about you except that it’s not in your budget. Maybe you don’t earn enough. Maybe you have too many other bills. Maybe you don’t have enough saved. … Continue reading

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Budgeting with Irregular Income

Since I am self-employed, I’m keenly aware of how hard it is to budget when you’re not sure if or when another piece of business is going to come in. Let me share a story with you. When I first started … Continue reading

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