Spring Clean Your Money

It’s time for spring cleaning!  All around my neighborhood, people are mulching flower beds, fertilizing lawns, and cleaning up their yards.  Inside, folks are dusting, washing curtains, and steam cleaning carpets.  These deep cleaning chores we do once or twice a year help to keep our homes and lawns well cared for.  With tax season winding down, this is also …

Can a Book Save Your Marriage?

Can a book save your marriage?  Maybe…  I was so blessed and humbled to receive the following review from one of the early readers of my book, Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart from Hijacking your Wallet. “Money is Emotional changed the financial temperature in my home. I began to give up hope on the idea of having a financial …

The “Money is Emotional” Song

A few days ago, I was babysitting my niece, Ayla, and nephew, Reid.  Ayla is a bit of a diva, so I asked her if she’d like to help me make a promo video for my book, “Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart from Hijacking Your Wallet.”  I thought she’d be happy with sitting on my lap and saying something …

Relationship With Money, Financial Lifeguard, Christine Luken

Improve Your Relationship with Money

How do you improve your relationship with money? You may not have thought about it this way before, but we all have a relationship with our money. Whether it is a positive or negative one doesn’t depend on how much cash we have, but rather how we treat our money. Think of your relationships in your life right now with …

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Talking Money with Your Honey (Video)

Talking money with your honey can be stressful.  Most people are more embarrassed about getting financially naked with their partner than physically naked!  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with your Honey by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar. (Available from Amazon) It is packed with tips and scripts for making money …

I Let My Heart Hijack My Wallet

The following is the introduction from my book, “Money is Emotional: Prevent Your Heart From Hijacking Your Wallet.”  Available at Amazon.com on March 21, 2017. When I hit financial rock-bottom, four years after graduating from college, I owed money to three different payday lenders. I was behind on my car payment and had past due utility bills and credit cards. …

a life sentence of minimum payments, financial lifeguard, christine luken

A Life Sentence of Minimum Payments

A life sentence of minimum payments? During a recent coaching appointment, my client and I looked at her credit card statement and discovered something disturbing while putting together her debt reduction plan.  Although she doesn’t have an astronomical amount of debt (just under $8,000), my client felt like her credit card balance wasn’t budging.  Part of the problem is her interest …

Tis the Season for Emotional Spending

Emotional spending peaks in the month of December when we’re doing our holiday shopping. In this video, I share tips on how to keep Santa from emptying your wallet! Be mindful of your emotional spending triggers.  Do others in your family pressure you to spend more than you’d planned?  Are you buying extra presents for your kids because you’re trying …