You Are Fabulous!

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 183-July 2 “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass themselves by without wondering.”—St. Augustine When you were growing up, were you ever told not to brag? Perhaps you were put down for talking positively about yourself. You might have been taught to cover your pride with a patina of false modesty because that was considered appropriate behavior. Unfortunately, that habit of “being nice” makes it really difficult to ask for a raise, ask for a … [Read more...]

Talk about Money with Your Honey

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 182-July 1 “There are two kinds of people in life—spenders and savers. Usually, they are married to each other.”—Anonymous “Money is power” is a commonly held belief by both men and women. Whoever has the money in the relationship has the power in the relationship. This power is almost always abused by the one who has it and resented by the one who doesn’t. This is not a prescription for love and romance. Not talking about it only makes it worse. The subject has to be addressed, and if the relationship is to thrive, joint decisions about money must be made. My fiancé and I were very happy with one … [Read more...]

Spend Money with Joy

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 179-June 28 “He threw his money about like a man with no arms.”—William McIlvanney When you spend money, spend it with joy. Spend a little extra on service personnel. Tip above the usual amount. You will create a lot of happiness for them, and you’ll feel good about it, too. Some people resent tipping, complain about it and are always cheap about it. I hope they aren’t surprised when they don’t get good service. It’s one of those self-fulfilling prophesies. Spending a little extra money—especially when you aren’t required to do it—can actually increase your income. I used to attend a weekly breakfast … [Read more...]

Going Shopping vs. Going Spending

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 178-June 27 “To pretend to satisfy one’s desire by possession is like using straw to put out a fire.”—Chinese Proverb A major “Money Malady” is “spending bulimia,” which is a habit pattern of buying things out of impulse, without regard to chosen spending priorities. For some, the buying habit is a quick fix to emotionally lift their spirits—it’s fun to buy a new outfit, a new golf club, or a new car and then have the satisfaction of the complimentary “oohs” and “ahhs” from other people. Some buy presents for others as a way of buying love, the emotional high is seeing someone else excited over a new … [Read more...]

It’s Ten O’clock. Do You Know Where Your Money Is?

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 177-June 26 “The truth will set you free—but first it will piss you off.” –Werner Erhard “Please balance my checkbook for me!” My new client, an attractive blond woman who held a highly responsible job in city government pleaded with me. “No matter what I do, I just never can get my checking account to balance.” I soon discovered why. When I started matching her bank statement with her check register, I discovered that she rarely wrote in the correct amount of the check. The check and the bank statement would show that she wrote a check to the cleaners for $42.30. But she recorded this check on her … [Read more...]