The Spirit of Giving (Podcast)

In this episode I’ll discuss how giving money to charitable causes helps us stay financially healthy.  It’s a great paradox that the more generous we are, the richer we become both in spirit AND in our bank accounts.  I’ll talk about the benefits of giving, the barriers to giving, how to get started on your journey to becoming a generous …

The Underbelly of the Financial World (Podcast)

We all know that there are dangerous financial waters we need to avoid. Today we’ll talk about the worst of the worst, the “Underbelly of the Financial World.” I’ll explain why you need to avoid payday lenders like the plague, think twice about title pawning, run away from debt consolidation, and save your money instead of wasting it on lottery …

Engaging the Uninvolved Spouse ~ Part 1: “The Clueless One”

What do you do when your spouse or partner doesn’t want to be involved in the budget decision making process?  The “Uninvolved Spouse” problem isn’t uncommon in families, but it’s a serious one.  If you’re both not openly communicating about and participating in the family finances, it’s a recipe for conflict.  In this blog series, I’ll discuss three different scenarios …

The Art of Negotiation ~ Part One

Most Americans think that negotiating is something reserved for car purchases, job offers, and garage sales.  You won’t hear a lot of people say, “I love to negotiate and haggle over prices!”  This makes me sad, because we’re leaving a good amount of money on the table when we don’t negotiate. If you’ve traveled to other countries, you’ll know that …