A Date at the Races

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 112-April 22 “No one has ever bet enough on a winning horse.”—Richard Sasurly Even if you swim with dolphins, it’s best if you swim in the same direction. It’s hard to build relationships with people who are financially invested in projects diametrically opposed to yours. Let me tell you about my date with Steve: Steve and I had a date to go to the races. I had never been to the horse races before, and was excited about going. Before the race, we sat down in the kitchen and picked our horses from the program. Steve was clearly an experienced handicapper, looking over the horses, jockeys, their … [Read more...]

Flexibility

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 111-April 21 “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”—Woody Allen The Rabbi said to my friend, Shelley, “You shouldn’t work so hard. You should be dating, meet a nice man, get married.” Shelley is happily single and works hard because she wants to. A trifle annoyed at him for “shoulding” on her, she looked at him thoughtfully and inquired, “Are you offering to fix me up with someone?” “Oh, well, I don’t know,” he replied, “What kind of a man are you looking for?” Shelley answered, “He has to be 5’8,” make $200,000 a year, and he has to be Jewish.” The Rabbi laughed. … [Read more...]

Sometimes It Helps to Know a Big Fish

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 109-April 19 “A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back again when it begins to rain.”—Robert Frost Sometimes, when you’re a little fish, you can get what you need by enlisting the support and help of a big fish. After I graduated from college and got a job, I qualified to get my first credit card, a Bankamericard. (Those were the dark ages, before credit card companies found out how lucrative it was to give credit cards to students.) I used the card intermittently, and always made my payments on time. I had an excellent credit record. When I got married … [Read more...]

Credit Cards and Spirituality

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 108-April 18 “When I was born, I owed twelve dollars.”—George S. Kaufman “Introductory offer—3.9 percent interest rate!” screams the envelope. It’s another credit card solicitation. I add it to the pile I’ve been collecting, muffling the yell of the last offer of 5.9 percent. I must have forty of them now. It’s always interesting in my class when we start talking about credit card interest rates. People clamor to find out which credit card has the best terms. Should they switch their balances to a new card every time they get a new, lower offer? How can they make sure they notice when the interest … [Read more...]

Clarity

103 - April 13 "I always wanted to be somebody. I can see now I should have been more specific."--Lily Tomlin Years ago, I heard this story: One hot summer's day, a man was driving a truck down the road with a load of penguins in the back. Suddenly, his truck broke down. He got out, looked under the hood, and saw that he could fix the problem but it was going to take several hours. He was very concerned about the penguins being in the sun that long. As he wondered what to do, he looked up and saw another truck coming down the road, and lo and behold--it was empty! Hopefully, he flagged down the other truck and explained his problem. He asked, "Could you please take these penguins to the zoo?" The other trucker agreed, loaded up … [Read more...]