Curb excess, reduce clutter, find peace

What would it be like if there were no economic barriers to consuming as much as we wanted? Well, many of us are essentially living like that already. Consider this: If 100 kids represented all the...

DATE: March 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

What’s the real cost of your debt?

A few days ago, I was discussing debt with a new client. The interest payments were killing him. He said repeatedly that they were his primary motivation for getting out of debt. Then I asked him,...

DATE: March 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Say ‘I do’ to talking about money

Arguments about money are the top predictor of divorce. Fights about kids, sex, in-laws or anything else for that matter take a back seat to money, says Sonya Britt, a researcher at Kansas State...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Step by step, you can master your money

When I picked up the 656-page tome, I was curious. During the bustle of Noel Night at Maria’s Bookshop, Tony Robbins’ new book grabbed my attention. I was familiar with Robbins from his...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

The holidays don’t have to be stressful

Just when you thought life was stressful enough – working, parenting, overbooking your schedule – the holidays arrive. Parties, gift-buying and family gatherings can add additional layers of stress...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Housing alliance offers path to your first home

Buying a home in La Plata County is a hardship for many working people. So far in 2014, the median price of a home in the county is $336,200, and, in Durango, it’s even higher at $390,000. Do those...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

How well do you know your dough?

If Durango High School students come home next week asking how well their parents know their dough, they won’t be asking about bread. The program Know Your Dough will be collaborating with Durango...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Sex, money and getting along with your partner

Sadly, a recent Money magazine survey revealed 6 in 10 husbands and wives check their bank balances more often than they have sex. Surprising? Not really. Seventy percent of couples said money...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Different beliefs about money can test couples

Are your money beliefs stressing out your partner? Surely, if your partner’s money beliefs were troubling you, you would know. Most of us have attitudes about money that are different from our...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Warning: Don’t make the same mistakes I did

Alaina Tweddale, of the personal finance website Wise Bread, recently interviewed me about how my wife, Cheri, and I paid off $165,000 in debt and saved $20,000 in just 15 months. When our...

DATE: July 21, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Do you make these mistakes when budgeting?

Contrary to popular belief, the purpose of a budget is to help you get what you want, not to deprive you of having fun. A powerful tool, a budget can lead you to your dreams, but only if you avoid...

DATE: June 23, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Homeownership is a great thing if you’re ready

Buying a home? Make sure you’re truly ready. You’ve heard the clichés about homeownership: It makes financial sense compared with renting. It’s one of the best investments you can make. It’s the...

DATE: May 26, 2014 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

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