More Than Fifty Shades of Gray

More Than Fifty Shades of Gray

  There are more than fifty shades of gray when it comes to money, because each person’s financial situation is unique and complex. Earlier this month I sent out a daily series of emails, entitled “The Top 10 Money Mistakes You Might Be Making,” which I’ve compiled HERE. I received several interesting responses directly from you, my dear readers. A …

Top 10 Money Mistakes

Top 10 Money Mistakes You Might Be Making

Top 10 Money Mistakes You Might Be Making 1.) Paying Medical Bills with Your Credit Card. Why it’s a mistake: Medicals bills have zero percent interest and providers are typically willing to accept partial payments over time. Once you pay that doctor’s visit or hospital bill with a credit card, you’ll be hit with interest fees unless you pay your …

mindful spending, Christine Luken, financial lifeguard

Mindful Spending Curbs Retail Therapy

Can mindful spending really curb retail therapy? It happens to the best of us. We’re at the outlet mall with our mom, sister, or best friend, and the deals are amazing! Next thing we know, our cars are packed with bags and our wallets are nearly empty. For those of us who enjoy the sport of shopping, it can be …

Financial Rock Bottom, Christine Luken, Financial Lifeguard

Bouncing Back From Financial Rock Bottom

  Bouncing back from financial rock bottom isn’t easy and I know it from personal experience! In this podcast episode of Your Money, Your Wealth with Joe Anderson, CFP and Big Al Clopine, CPA, I tell others how they can rescue themselves from financial rock bottom! (My portion of the show starts at the 11 minute mark.)   CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! …

how many savings accounts, financial lifeguard, christine luken

How Many Savings Accounts Should I Have?

How many savings accounts should I have? It’s a question I get asked quite frequently. Some money gurus advocate for just one account and others say you should an account for each and every savings goal. I fall somewhere in the middle of these extremes. Here’s my short answer: you should have at least 2, and if you’re self-employed you …

Smart Financial Risk, Christine Luken, Financial Lifeguard

Smart Financial Risk Taking

Smart financial risk taking is woven into the fabric of the entrepreneurial life.  If you’re a risk-adverse small business owner, it’s likely you’ll have ulcers and empty pockets before too long.  When it comes to managing your money within your business, where is the fine line between smart financial risk taking and recklessness? Being too scared to invest money in your business is …

Trying to Look Rich, Christine Luken, Financial Lifeguard

Trying To Look Rich Versus Being Rich

There’s a huge difference in trying to look rich versus being rich. The term “rich” is subjective and we can argue over exactly what that means. I really love the definition of rich that Jen Sincero gives in her book, You are a Badass at Making Money. “RICH = Able to afford all of the things and experiences required to …