Matt Kelly

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

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

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