Financial Fitness
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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...

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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...

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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...


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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? ...

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Who to Cut Out of Your Financial Life

Face it, there are some people in our lives who just financially don’t make sense. Oprah’s recent “Who to Cut Out of Your Financial Life” demonstrates a few of those key peeps. From your friend who swear...

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What Does It Really Cost to Live? No, Really?

In a world where financial figures are being constantly thrown at us – the ticker on the stock market, text messages from our banks, prices on everything, for everything – it’s not often that a financial concept can t...


Prince Charming

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, “...

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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...

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7 Retirement Myths to Be Aware of at Year-End

As we approach year end, it may be that you’re thinking about contributing more than you already have to your 401K or IRA. If you’re not, perhaps you should be. Maxing out your contributions, or even contributing an...


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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...