Matt Kelly

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

Money issues? Play Financial Jeopardy

I think about money all the time. Whether I’m observing other people’s financial behavior or looking for column ideas, it’s on my mind. I even worry about my own finances now and then. Thinking...

DATE: May 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

Don’t let your car become an emergency

I have to confess: I hate cars, and not just cars – SUVs, vans and trucks, too. When it’s raining or cold, I do appreciate driving, but I hate how cars can incite feelings of dread and, in me,...

DATE: April 27, 2015 | COLUMN: Money Savvy

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

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