Make your financial success automatic

Most people will tell you a budget is the key to financial success. They’re wrong. Without a system to manage your budget, you are forced to rely on willpower and self-discipline, which are like...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Fix those leaks in your finances

Freeze your spending, pay off debt, balance your checkbook, open ignored bills, consolidate loans, refinance your mortgage, start paying off that student loan. There can be so many choices when...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

You can stop living paycheck to paycheck

An article in The Atlantic and $700 in car maintenance got me to thinking about unexpected expenses. The article, “The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans,” reveals how nearly half of us don’t...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Separate finances are no help to your relationship

I imagine all of us have “gone Dutch” on a date. When each person pays his or her own way during an evening out, it can be easier to maintain independence and limit obligations. Originally, “Dutch...

DATE: July 26, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

To be fulfilled, we need each other

Since January, I have been writing about solving the fulfillment puzzle. I believe we are each called to live a meaningful life, and doing so is good for our families, our communities and us. I’ve...

DATE: July 5, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Find your ‘Why’ and live a life of purpose

Imagine waking up inspired, living your purpose and serving others – living what I call an engaged life. Do you know what you would be doing? What impact you would be making? How you would feel? If...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

High-achievers share this essential trait

Dreams set the course for our lives. How we navigate the journey toward them can determine if we succeed or fail. What does it take to accomplish our goals? What sets high-achievers apart from...

DATE: May 24, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Calculate how much money you’ll need to retire

What’s your magic number for retirement? Grab a pen and write it down: $___. Have you taken all of your expenses and spending into account? Are you aiming too high or too low? Asking for a magic...

DATE: May 3, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Use a budget to banish stress about money

Money is the leading cause of stress among Americans. Sixty-four percent of us said money was a “somewhat” or “very significant” source of stress in a 2015 survey by the American Psychological...

DATE: April 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Keystone habits: How to be at your best

What did you do this morning when you got up? What will you do today? Throughout the day, it may seem like you are making well-considered choices, but it’s likely you are often operating out of...

DATE: March 22, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

What it takes to make a living wage

Do you recognize these numbers: $8.31 and $12.79? I didn’t either, until I sat down with Maureen Maliszewski, director of Thrive La Plata County. The minimum wage in Colorado is $8.31 an hour, but...

DATE: March 1, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Affluenza: Cure yourself of this modern disease

Consumer marketing and advertising work. In the United States, they have driven household consumption to 70 percent of all spending, a record. The long-term, rampant trend of overconsumption...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

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