Is there a monster in your mailbox?

Are you scared to open your credit card bill, or should I say bills? The typical credit card user has four credit cards in his wallet. If you are scared, you’re not alone. Having had more than 10...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Reshape your financial future

If you’re like me, you have started changing your financial habits many times. And if that’s true, you have stopped many times, too. When we paid off $165,000 in debt and saved $20,000 over 15...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Money Savvy OUST financial chaos to achieve stability

When my financial life was chaotic, unpaid bills piled up, “unexpected expenses” took me by surprise, talking about money turned into fighting and our bank balance fluctuated wildly. Eliminating...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Money Savvy What is your budget telling you?

A budget is a spending plan. Like all other plans, it’s possible to make bad ones. To create a budget that gets you more of what you want, it’s important to look at it as an evolving plan. Review...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Money Savvy Create a budget to banish worry

I believe you deserve to live a life full of vitality, intimacy, confidence and courage. I discussed these life-changing benefits of conscious spending in my last column....

DATE: Oct. 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

The life-changing benefits of conscious spending

In an interview with a CNBC writer, I was sharing my story and thoughts on taking control of my money. As I tried to sum up the benefits of changing my money habits, I realized that conscious...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Control holiday stress by doing what’s essential

Let me be the first to remind you that the holidays are right around the corner. The kids are in school, pumpkin spice lattes reappeared, Labor Day has come and gone (I still think the academic...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Everything you wanted to know about money

I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately. Since I returned to Durango in June, I’ve driven to Minnesota, Denver and Wyoming, where we watched the eclipse. Driving also means listening to podcasts,...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

The stupidest thing you can do with money

You may have guessed that I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to personal finance. Only a freak would get up at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday to write about money. Right? Given that, it shouldn’t surprise...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Nine things a year of travel taught me

As a personal finance coach, I warn clients that debt steals your dreams. I’ve long known the power of them to guide financial choices, but now as I reflect on living one of my dreams, traveling...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Methods to make a scholarship search easy

If you have a high school student in your family, there is a good chance that you’ve started thinking about college and how to pay for it. That’s true for us, too. Malcolm, our 16-year-old, just...

DATE: June 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Should you invest or pay off your debt?

Whether to pay off debt or invest is a common question. My answer is always: It depends. Let’s look at Pat’s case. He is 30 years old and considering paying cash for a $200,000 condo. Should he pay...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

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