Major Money Malady—Buying on Time

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 261-September 18 “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.”—Unknown We don’t pay for anything up front any more. When we want something, we get it. If we don’t have the money, we charge it. We buy everything on time. The longer the time, the more money we pay for the item. But the payments are so small, we forget. Rennie Gabriel, in his book Wealth on Any Income, gives an illuminating example of the total amount we end up paying for products purchased on credit. He states that a dining set on sale at a department store for $648 (including tax) costs … [Read more...]

Hey, You! Pay You!

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 260-September 17 “When a man begins to think seriously of saving for a rainy day, it’s probably a rainy day.”—Anonymous The savings rate in the United States has been on a downward trend for many years, even during times of a robust economy. U.S. households save far less than those in most other industrialized countries. Here are the savings rates from recent years: South Korea 18.0% France 13.6 Italy 11.7 Japan 11.2 Germany 11.0 Britain 10.8 United States 3.8 People neglect to save because we wait until the end of the month when we’ve spent all the money to try to save. Then we vow we’ll … [Read more...]

Appreciating vs. Depreciating Assets

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 259-September 16 “Debt is a trap which a man sets and baits himself, and then deliberately gets into.”—Josh Billings This is the story of the new car I didn’t buy. At least, not right away…. I had weathered many financial storms, but the sun was shining now. My new business was booming. I was earning good money, saving regularly, and was on the road to becoming debt-free for the first time in my life. I did my positive affirmations daily and my “High Budget” was becoming a reality. Then I happened across a brand-new Lexus GS 300. A brilliant, sparkling, gold, sporty model, I could picture my cute … [Read more...]

There’s Always Hope on the Seventh Green

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 258-September 15 “Things don’t go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.”—Charlie “Tremendous” Jones Tim Collins was studying hard for his Series Six license. To become a financial planner, he needed to pass a complicated test in order to receive his license to buy and sell securities. He had tried six times already, but had not passed. He knew the material perfectly, but a deep-seated fear of tests prevented him from achieving his goal. With each defeat, his determination to succeed … [Read more...]

Things Are Getting Worse—Eat Chocolate!

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 257-September 14 “Consider a duck. It encounters the air, water and soil. It benefits from each, is hindered by none, harms nothing. They are cute, too. Be a duck!”—Old Slovakian Saying My priorities in life were pretty well established by the time I was two. My parents told me that, at that age, I had taken a terrible fall down the stairs. They stared at me, frozen in fear that I had hurt myself horribly. But I stood right up, looked around and said, “Where’s my cookie?” It wasn’t until I found out the cookie was smashed and broken that I started crying. A popular card from years ago had an elephant … [Read more...]