Take 3: Three easy ways to save more money

No, you don’t have to give up your Starbucks. Honest. I’m not a big Starbucks fan, and even I really dislike that advice, which seems to be common in this belt-tightening economy. What could be less motivating than the idea that saving money requires denying yourself something you enjoy?

I approach saving from the other end of the spectrum: I’m much more motivated to grow my money when I know I’m working toward a meaningful goal. That’s true for my clients, too. Some are dreaming of a trip to Maui or a brilliant piece of jewelry. Others have their eye on a home remodel or a significant college fund for their children.

Whatever your objective, saving money, just like dieting, is bound to be counterproductive when it becomes all about deprivation. Here are three creative ideas to help you painlessly spend less so you have more for what matters most: (more…)

Resilience in the Time of COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting economic uncertainly have had a profound effect on our sense of safety and control.  The closest experience that many of us have had in our lifetimes was the financial crisis in 2007-2008 followed by a deep recession.  Although the root causes are dramatically different, the impact on our sense of financial well-being is similar.  Few of us expected to face such challenging economic circumstances again within such a relatively short period of time. (more…)

5 Life Events Where Planning is Paramount

Your estate is made up of all your money, property and assets – and it’s alive. Not literally, but think of it like a beautiful, low-maintenance house plant. Once purchased and placed in the perfect spot in your home, you just need to provide it a bit of care to keep it from wilting. Once you have a solid estate and wealth transfer plan in place, it needs to be updated when your life changes. Which specific instances call for an edit? Glad you asked.  (more…)

The Pandemic has Changed Perceptions of Wealth & Well-Being

Recent studies indicate that the pandemic has prompted many to reevaluate the meaning and purpose of wealth. For example, the annual “Modern Wealth Survey” revealed that lifestyle priorities have changed for a majority (68%) of Americans due to COVID-19. Among those who reported that their priorities had shifted, top choices included mental health (69%), relationships (57%), financial health (54%), and physical health (39%). (more…)