Category Archives: Tackling debt

Plugging the Leaks in Your Financial Boat

Some years ago I heard Dr. Wayne Dyer talk about the children’s song, “Row, row, row your boat.” He went on to explain that the song provides a succinct and sweet guide to life: “Row, row, row (don’t try to … Continue reading

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The Joy of Giving (& Not Going Broke)

How can you be generous if you’re secretly worried about paying your bills? How can you really enjoy the holidays when you’re emotionally overwhelmed and feeling undone? Our own joyful budgeter Mari McNeil presented this very challenging subject and the … Continue reading

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What a Personal Financial Policy is & How it Makes Your Life Better

Most of economic theory is based on the assumption that we make rational, logical, and beneficial financial decisions. Ha! Most of us make purely emotional (or “socially informed”) decisions about money most of the time, some of which may be … Continue reading

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The Likely Reason Why You Haven’t Done Anything With your Finances & Why It’s Okay

I was recently hired by a couple who originally met with me almost four years ago. The husband’s reason, “I wasn’t ready.” Another couple is hiring me after about two years and only on a limited basis because, “We’re never … 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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Solving the Mystery of Where All of Your Money Goes

Some years ago my husband and I started tracking our expenditures to get a handle on what we were spending. This lasted, oh, about 3 1/2 weeks. It’s not unusual to lose steam with this task. In fact a colleague, … 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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