Money Psychology

4 Ways Giving Makes You Better With Money

4 Ways Giving Makes You Better With Money

It sounds counterintuitive, right? Manage your money better by giving it away! However, there are some vital reasons why consistently giving makes us better financial managers. Before we get into those reasons, let’s clarify what we mean by giving. Giving does NOT include purchasing an item for someone on a credit card which you cannot pay off immediately. Borrowing money…

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5 Lessons About Money You Didn’t Learn in School

5 Lessons About Money You Didn’t Learn in School

April is Financial Literacy Month and the purpose is to bring awareness to basic principles of personal finance. American children and adults routinely fail basic financial literacy questions and personal finance is not a part of the vast majority of schools’ curriculum. This month, however, we encourage you to take a step back and consider on a high level why…

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Have More Finance Dates With Your Partner

Have More Finance Dates With Your Partner

As a couple, it can be difficult to get on the same page financially and agree upon sensitive financial topics. We may have different backgrounds, experiences, personalities, and preferences when it comes to money. Fortunately, there are ways to stay on track, keep focused and have fun. My wife and I have monthly check-ins we call Finance Dates. We’ll describe…

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5 Topics All Couples Should Agree On Financially

5 Topics All Couples Should Agree On Financially

Let’s be honest, money is emotional and complex! It impacts nearly every aspect of our lives and most certainly impacts our relationships with our significant other. Since money is still such a taboo topic in our culture, miscommunications can create small cracks in the bonds of our relationships. Like a small crack in a windshield, it can expand over time…

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4 Reasons Financial Literacy is Essential 

4 Reasons Financial Literacy is Essential 

April is Financial Literacy Month! The purpose of Financial Literacy Month is to bring awareness to and promote the importance of establishing and maintaining financial healthy habits. Unfortunately, in our country, financial literacy has not been prioritized as an essential topic of learning in Public K-12 or higher education. Too many are left to fend for themselves when it comes to managing money. “College graduates spent 16 years gaining…

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7 Tips to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

7 Tips to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

As we start a new year, it presents an opportunity for us to reflect on the past and chart a new course for the future. Personally, resolutions never really resonated with me. It’s like a one-time affirmation. Successful people and organizations don’t set resolutions, they set specific, written goals, we should do the same.

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3 Money Lessons for Thanksgiving

3 Money Lessons for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a holiday with the least pretense or pomp and circumstance and is almost exclusively focused on family, gratitude and quality time (a.k.a. the things that really matter). That focus is also extremely important for our finances. There is no shortage of distractions when it comes to things we can do with our money, so…

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