Category Archives: Emotions & Money

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

Ten Things Truly Wealthy People Do (That You Can Too)

There are lots of things that wealthy people do that middle-class people may avoid out of ungrounded fear. Time to get over that!When I made very little money, I felt embarrassed using coupons at the grocery store. Of course, I did it anyway because I liked being able to eat.

It was only later that I realized that wealthy people might be even more apt to use coupons. After all, they understand the value of money and don’t see the point of spending extra for the sake of spending extra.

There are a lot of things that wealthy people do that middle-class or poor people may avoid doing out of a fear of looking cheap.

Here are some of the things I’ve personally observed. » Read more

Are You Blaming the Wrong Thing?

Identifying the real problem makes it easier to solve money woesIt’s pretty common to blame the wrong thing for financial troubles, a lack of fulfillment, or even just the inability to get ahead.

I know, because I’ve been guilty of it too.

A classic example

A classic example often happens when working on getting out of debt.

“If only the interest rates weren’t so high!” we think.

Or, “By the time I get done paying all my bills, there’s nothing left to put toward debt. How am I ever going to dig my way out when something always comes up?”

Common thoughts, right? » Read more

Rushed or Impatient? You’ll Pay More for Purchases

Sometimes it only takes a tiny bit of patience to score a deal. Much better than the alternative of paying way more than necessary!I’ll admit it: I am not a patient person. When I want to do something, go somewhere, or buy something, I want to do it NOW.

My family is used to this. Here’s a typical conversation:

Hey, want to go to the movies?
Sure, when?
Right now, let’s go! (And 10 minutes later we’re out the door.)

Then there’s the time I decided I wanted a little camera that could fit in my purse. My husband began researching options and prices. I asked him to forget it, because I was headed to Best Buy. (Where I did in fact buy a little camera.)

And you know what? There’s (literally) a price to doing things that way. » Read more

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