How to (GASP!) Give Up Holiday Gifts

How many times have you sat around the day after Christmas and vowed that next year — next year — you aren’t going to go so far overboard with gifts and STUFF…that you will scale back on gifts?  Maybe it’s the environmental guilt you see at the trash bags full of wrapping and packaging out…

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Plan Now for Financially Happy Holidays!

Raise your hand if the holidays can push your buttons. This is me, waving my hand hiiiiiigh in the air (so it seems inconceivable that we could actually make it all the way to financially happy, right?). My dad and sister have never cared about the holidays as much as my mom and I, and…

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Avoid the Financial Fear Smear

The other day I asked a health professional one simple question. ONE QUESTION. And he proceeded to talk for the next 15 minutes about all of the ways people should be more afraid of this specific thing I asked about, how basically we were all screwed. Apparently he was very passionate about this topic. When…

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How to Fail Successfully

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? Many people think of failure as the undesirable result of something they attempted,…

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How to Make Money Disappear with FOMO

For those of us not familiar with the acronym, FOMO stands for Fear Of Missing Out. And if you’ve got it, it’s costing you money. I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately who experiencing serious FOMO about something.   Multiple people have expressed concern about missing out on: Buying a home while real estate…

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