Getting Your Buttons Pushed Can Cost You Money

This week holds another election cycle for us, in addition to all of the regular everyday stress we feel.  AND, we’re moving into the end of year holidays, can you believe it?  This year has rushed by… Stress makes us all less patient, more trigger-happy on our emotional outbursts.  And since holidays are also a…

Details

Do you even need a financial plan?

There is a popular adage often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the father of time management, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” I think a lot of people believe that financial planning is only for the wealthy — which may be true, but only for a lot of financial planners.  Before I left my last…

Details

How to Get Maximum Value out of Financial Planning

Financial planning is meant to help you begin with the end in mind with regard to your personal finances. And some people think (erroneously!) that financial planning is like an emergency service – in other words, it isn’t “just” for people experiencing financial turmoil.  And it’s not “just” for people who want investment guidance.  It’s…

Details

How to deal with financial failure

When was the last time you failed? No, you don’t have to say it out loud if you’re embarrassed.  But I want you to think about it: What do you consider your most recent failure? And how does it make you feel? Before Mint came out, I failed at using Quicken about 15 times.  I…

Details