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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 – 1861 (Updated and financialized by Tana Gildea) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee enough to live within our means So we shall never face the collections fiends And we can be debt-free at the end of our days. My 401k can reach, when feeling out of […]

Two Questions

Happy New Year! I am personally and professionally on an “improvement quest.” I’m trying day-by-day to get just a little bit better. I cannot make the grand gesture, implement the great plan, or adhere to a massive life overhaul. I just can’t manage that and “regular life.” Perhaps you feel the same way. So, let […]

1% Better

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out ~ Robert Collier   Indeed it is! As we consider our money, small efforts add up over time (and small drips do too!) Rather than consider a major rework of your spending or saving, try the 1% better approach. Cut back your […]

Financial Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do.” ~ Aristotle   I am obsessed (at the moment) with habits – understanding them, creating them, breaking them, and using them to fuel my success. The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg), Mini-Habits (Stephen Guise), and The Compound Effect (Darren Hardy) all have provided the impetus for this fascination with […]

What Gets Maximized?

I read one of Seth Godin’s blogs that asked that question. I thought it was a pretty good one. In our lives, what gets maximized? When we spend our time, what gets maximized? When we deal with our money, what gets maximized? Decide right now, what do you want to maximize financially? Do you want […]

Reward Yourself – Fuel Rewards

As competition among retailers becomes more and more intense, it makes sense to maximize the rewards that they offer us as consumers. While not new, fuel rewards are an expanding area to review if you are not already taking advantage of them. My husband and kids have long taken advantage of the Kroger fuel rewards […]

It’s Half-Time

Just like that, in what seems the blink of eye, 2018 is half over. We’ve hit halftime of our year and like any good football fan knows, halftime can make or break the game. There are those teams who can come together at halftime, assess what has worked, what has not worked, and make just […]

I’m Glad I Can Cry

“I’m so glad that I can cry in front of my advisor,” a client told me recently. Of course, you can cry! Laugh, rage, pound the table if you want. Her need to shed a few tears had nothing really to do with the dollars and cents; it was the knowledge that her and her […]

Change is in the Air

Tax change, that is. My last post went through the basics of your tax return. I want to stick with the tax topic for one more week to give you a quick guide to understanding how the new tax laws will impact your 2018 tax return. Remember, knowledge is power! (Note: this is a very […]

Spring has Sprung

As we skip into springtime, we turn our attention to cleaning up our yards and our houses, getting rid of the dead plants and leaves outside, airing out the house, and tidying up our financial lives. Say what? Tidying up our financial lives? Since when did “spring cleaning” include financial housekeeping? Well, since right now. […]