Happy Money

We’re rapidly approaching that time of year when we’re encouraged to eat, drink and be merry, spend money on things without thinking about it, and then roll into January with a debt hangover because ’tis the season!’  Right? There’s a better way. Dr. Elisabeth Dunn, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, presented findings from research she conducted and documented in her book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending , at a conference for fee-only financial planning firms I attended last week.  Her research challenged us to think differently about how… [read more]
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Mattresses & Shoes

Growing up, my family and I spent many a Sunday heading to church and then driving 70 miles north to visit my grandfather in Troy.  Most visits meant Sunday brunch at either Perkins or Traditions (basically local Perkins).  Either way, I was staring down a stack of pancakes and a glass of chocolate milk which made for a happy little boy. At the end of the meal, Grandpa, a frugal man by all definitions, would study the bill carefully and pay.  Always in cash.  Almost always with exact change.  I can still picture him reaching… [read more]
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What are You Jonesing For?

What are you Jonesing For? I have a confession to make – I’m not sure the last time we mowed our lawn.  Judging by the fact that half of my dog disappears when he makes his trips outside, it’s been a while.  To be fair, we have been doing a major overhaul to our landscape which has taken most weekends for the last two months and getting plants in the ground before it snows has been a little higher priority than a good trim and edge on the grass.  Even so, I still have that… [read more]
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A six-figure income, and still paying off debt?

(from Kristin Wong’s Get Rich Slowly blog dated 11/18/2014 – click here for the original post. Kristin Wong is a freelance writer for television, websites and blogs and a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly.  Get Rich Slowly is an award winning (best blog by Time Magazine, Money Magazine’s most inspiring blog to name a few) blog devoted to sensible personal finance and is based on 12 key beliefs you can find here.) At another site, I recently wrote about a tool that shows you online prices in terms of hours worked. I… [read more]
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