Simple strategies to save for your next vacation

My partner, Cheri, texted me a page from a Life Hack daily calendar with the premise that if Americans weren’t too lazy to cook, we could afford plane tickets to exotic travel destinations. Good...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Prepare now to reduce holiday stress

Will you be ready for Black Friday? How about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas? “The holidays are filled with both joy and stress,” says Ellen Braaten, associate professor of psychology at...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

How to end financial chaos and worry

“I’m worried about money,” a friend confessed to me the other day. I assured her that she’s not alone, and neither are you if you’re worried about money. A recent survey by Varo revealed that 85...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

You vs. the grocery store

Your grocery store and the brands it sells are out to shape your behavior, to pull as many dollars out of your pocket as possible. Yes, much of what retail marketers do increases the pleasure of...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

How to help your future self

We’ve come to the final column in this 12-part series about taking control of yourmoney and living the life of your dreams. As you know by now, the benefits of improving your financial health can...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Stay on the path toward achieving your dreams

I’ve got a confession. I’m terrible at finishing things. This is the third time I’ve started this column! I bet you also have a long list of unfinished projects and ideas. As we near the end of...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Don’t put your dreams on hold

Like many of us, I have been guilty of saying “someday” to my dreams and endangering my financial well-being. You’ll know that you’re doing this too, if you: Don’t have an emergency fund. Have...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Organize your dreams for success

You can live the life of your dreams. I promised you that in my previous column and gave you an exercise for how to envision the life you want and clarify your goals. Today, I’m offering a...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

You can live your dreams

What does “living the life of your dreams” mean to you? Don’t just quickly pass over this question. Take a few minutes to consider your answer. What does living the life of your dreams truly mean...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

It’s time to take some bold steps

Eliminate your debt. Are you ready? It’s time for massive debt-elimination action. I remember getting started. I was sick and tired of the stress and worry. With a budget in place, we were chipping...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Five keys to eliminating your debt

Today’s column is about getting started on a successful path to paying off your debt. If you’re like me, making more money isn’t the only answer. After all, over the years, our income went up and...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

You can banish your debt this year

Most people I work with can be debt-free in 12 to 18 months. When my wife and I took control of our money, we paid off $165,000 in debt and saved $20,000 in 15 months. If we did it, you can, too. ...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy