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

Money not key to a meaningful life

Well, it’s not true. Money can buy happiness. What it can’t buy is a meaningful, fulfilling life. In our consumer economy, there’s always something new to buy that will make us happy. Whether it’s...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2016 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Success lies outside your comfort zone

Think about a leap forward you made in your life. Did it happen when you were at ease and comfortable? Probably not. To make that leap, I bet you had to step out of your comfort zone and challenge...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

News flash: We aren’t good with money

Humans are not wired to handle money well. Hardly a surprise, right? Maybe you’re thinking about that last impulse purchase or the budget that needs some work. Why do we have so much trouble...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Overwhelmed? For change, you should focus on the present

Sometimes, getting your finances in order can seem like an impossible task. Recently, I was talking with friend about money, and he asked a great question: “How do I prevent getting overwhelmed...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

While at work, make play part of every day

The opposite of play is not work. The opposite of play is depression. In fact, play is a crucial ingredient to success at work, says Dr. Stuart Brown, author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Plan wisely for remarkable moments

Fill in the blank: Your best _______ ever! What did you say? Was is it vacation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or a long-dreamed-of adventure? There is no right answer here. Consider your...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Your journey to financial security

Every journey is a series of actions taking you to your destination. This is especially true of the journey to financial security – a path that includes many waypoints. Last month, I asked you to...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Final destination financial security: Where are you on your journey?

Do you have $500 to handle a minor emergency? Most people don’t. A Money Pulse survey found 62 percent of Americans cannot cover a $500 unexpected expense. This level of financial insecurity can...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Put profits first, then watch business grow

How healthy is your business? I’m not asking how big your business is or how much revenue it’s generating or how many employees you have. You know, those typical measures of success. The origin of...

DATE: July 21, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Sharing can make money, build bonds

The sharing economy can transform the way you run your business and your life. Would you like to make a little extra money each month or avoid buying more stuff that ends up as anxiety-producing...

DATE: June 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

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