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Financial Archetypes: The Star

Moving on in my review of the financial archetypes from the book It’s Not About the Money by Brent Kessel, let’s talk about one of my favorites, The Star. If you are a Star, most likely more than 25 percent of your overall ...

Financial Archetypes: The Saver

As we continue to review the financial archetypes from Brent Kessel’s book It’s Not About the Money, I’m moving on to the Saver, an archetype I’m all too familiar with. Similar to Guardians, Savers keep a close watc...

Are You “Making It” Financially?

  A couple years ago, the nation looked on in fascination and disgust as Nadya Suleman, the “Octomom,” gave birth to eight children, then eventually approached Oprah and Suze Orman for help. And while I’m...


Financial Archetypes: The Idealist

Continuing my review of the financial archetypes from the book It’s Not About the Money by Brent Kessel, the Idealist archetype is typically the person who believes that money is the root of all evil and it certainly isn̵...

Financial Archetypes: Are You a Guardian

If you enjoyed reading about the financial archetype called the Pleasure Seeker, from Brent Kessel’s book It’s Not About the Money, perhaps you can also identify with one of her opposites, the Guardian. What is a Guardian? ...

Perfect Timing: It’s Easier Than You Think

A recent article in Reader’s Digest, culled from Mental Floss, shared the best times to do everything. Here are a few of the timing tips that Career Girls might find most helpful (from the article): 8:30am: Decide Somethi...


Are You Suffering From Prince Charming Syndrome?

About five years ago, I had a powerful revelation that I call the Prince Charming Syndrome. Here’s what happened: I vividly recall walking the halls of Western Michigan’s business school, thinking to myself, “...

Financial Archetypes: Are You A Pleasure Seeker?

One of my favorite financial books is Brent Kessel’s gem It’s Not About the Money, which helps readers identify which of his eight financial archetypes they fall into. Mr. Kessel recognizes that most people’s financial si...

Your Paycheck is Going to Decrease

I have to be a Debbie Downer for a minute and tell you that the pending tax changes, being called the “fiscal cliff,” are going to affect you. They’ll affect everyone. The mostly likely way they’ll affec...


Mulligans and Recyclers — What I REALLY Want for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: That time when we all give thanks for what we already have, then storm the malls for 30-ish days to buy more stuff. We’re constantly asked what we want for Christmas, then t...