Category Archives: Emotions & Money

One Dollar, Two Dollars, Three Dollars, Four

What would happen if we really made every dollar count?I heard a radio ad that started out in a very serious-sounding tone with, “In these economic times, every dollar counts.”

I couldn’t help but blurt out, “Doesn’t every dollar always count!?”

Now, of course I knew what they meant: Times are tough, use your money wisely, buy our stuff.

But that isn’t the point. The point is, we often don’t use every dollar wisely. Often this is unconscious. » Read more

Perfection is Overrated

Why perfection is overrated when it comes to your money -- and your lifeHave you ever gotten that “Tell me about one of your weaknesses” question during an interview?

“I tend to be a perfectionist” is one of the standard answers.

That answer is meant to emphasize that you work really hard to do a good job, but the truth is, the idea of perfection is overrated.

Especially when it comes to your money. » Read more

Release Yourself from the Either-Or Trap

It can be easy to forget that there are usually more than two options.It can be easy to forget that there are usually more than two options when faced with a big decision or even just a question.

This was brought home to me during a simple conversation.

My husband was looking for a particular book on our shelves and asked, “Is it a paperback or a hardback?”.

I jokingly replied with “yes” because I had no idea, but then realized how often questions and decisions are presented as an either-or choice as a matter of course. » Read more

Feeling Envious? Make It Work For You

If you let them, feelings of envy can spur you to action instead of leaving you feeling down.We all feel envious now and then. Maybe you hear about a coworker’s promotion or something great that a friend is doing, and your gut twists a little inside.

“I wish I could do that,” you think wistfully.

And you almost certainly can. After all, if the other person can do it, it’s proof that it’s possible. It’s probably even likely that you can get what you want.

If you let them, those feelings of envy can spur you to action instead. » Read more

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