Smart Women Tip:  #14 – Could Your Money Personality be Sabotaging Your Marriage?

Smart Women Tip: #14 – Could Your Money Personality be Sabotaging Your Marriage?

It’s hard to believe that my husband, Mark, and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary this month. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with my husband. He’s not only my partner, but he’s also my best friend and loudest cheerleader. Our marriage has always been strong, but I confess that I wish I had known then what I know now … especially regarding money psychology or money personality.

According to a survey by SunTrust Bank, money is the leading cause of stress in relationships. Although divorce rates are falling, nearly 40% of all marriages are dissolved before a couple reaches their ten-year anniversary. Again, money is the primary culprit. I realize no one enters a marriage with the anticipation of ending it, but there are ways to safeguard your union. (more…)

Smart Money Tip # 13- Four Steps to Creating Wealth

Smart Money Tip # 13- Four Steps to Creating Wealth

I attended a fabulous retreat in Baltimore with one of my mentors, Barbara Stanny, a few years ago. The retreat on Sacred Success was for women who had reached affluence and were looking to make a difference in the world. When I called the retreat center to ask how to get from the airport to the retreat center, they gave me two options: take a cab for $120 round trip or use the light rail for $3.20 round trip.

Being from the Midwest where public transportation is sparse, I never use it. Mulling over my options, I began to think I would just take a cab. After all, I had invested thousands of dollars on this retreat, and besides, I could afford it. Right? (more…)

Smart Money Tip # 12: When Parents Need Care:  How to be Prepared for that Call in the Night with the Designated Caregiver™ Five-Step-Process

Smart Money Tip # 12: When Parents Need Care: How to be Prepared for that Call in the Night with the Designated Caregiver™ Five-Step-Process

Watching our parents age is not always easy. We all dread the idea of that “call in the night” – the one that means we must step into the Designated Caregiver™ role to manage our parents’ lives and make tough decisions about their care, finances, and welfare. (more…)

Smart Money Tip #11 Money is Energy – Pay attention to it!

Smart Money Tip #11 Money is Energy – Pay attention to it!

My nail technician, Kahi, is an entrepreneur and an extremely smart money guy. One day, Kahi and I discussed how hard it is for many people to save money, so they end up living paycheck-to-paycheck and having to put expenses on credit cards.

Kahi and his wife love to travel, but they also don’t want to be in debt because of it. I asked Kahi how he can have the best of both worlds – travel with no debt. (more…)

Smart Women Tip #10: It’s Never Too Late to Become a Millionaire

Smart Women Tip #10: It’s Never Too Late to Become a Millionaire

In a recent Smart Women Survey, almost 38% of our readers said that their biggest challenge is money.  Today, I want to share a discussion my hairdresser, Rachel DeMar, and I had last year.

Rachel told me that she was celebrating her 10-year anniversary as a hairdresser.  After congratulating her, I asked her if she had set up the Roth IRA retirement account we had discussed a few years ago. (more…)

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