Smart Shopping

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 335-December 1 “The owner of a second-hand car knows how hard it is to drive a bargain.”—Unknown There is a guiding principle to smart shopping that has nothing to do with searching out the lowest price. While looking for bargains is certainly a good idea—why pay a higher price if you can avoid it?—too many people will buy anything if it’s a bargain. They end up with closets and houses full of mismatched objects they got a great deal on, but that they don’t really like or look good in. Smart shoppers buy quality rather than quantity, and buy things that they love. Debbie Leaper, president of … [Read more...]

Free Seminars

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 334-November 30 “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”—Maureen Dowd When I first started doing the Financial Stress Reduction Workshops, I modeled my business on other seminar leaders and did what they did that seemed to work. Many of them put on free introductory seminars and asked everyone they met to come to them, and this was the first stage of the enrollment process. A percentage of the people at the free seminar would get excited and enroll on the spot for the fee seminar, and that’s when they made money. I followed this example for about six … [Read more...]

A Lesson in Negotiating

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 333-November 29 “Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.”—Albert Einstein Sarah Edwards, with her husband Paul, has written many books on creating the life you want to live, including Working from Home,Secrets of the Self-Employed, and The Practical Dreamer’s Handbook. Years ago, she called me to say that a local department store was looking for speakers for a series of events and she had given them my name. I thanked her for alerting me to the opportunity, and when they contacted me, the department store representative asked what my fee was. When I said, “$1,500,” she explained that it … [Read more...]

Prizes

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 332-November 28 “You, yourself, as much as anyone in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.”—Buddha Vince taught me about prizes you give to yourself. He was an executive search consultant for the recruiting firm where I first learned bookkeeping. A very cheerful, upbeat guy with a great smile, he always set goals for himself. And he told everyone in the office about them! Every month, Vince would have a sales goal. “I’m going to make $20,000 in placement fees this month!” he would declare. “And when I do, I’m going to buy myself a brand new….” You can fill in the blank, he always had … [Read more...]

Happiness Is an Inside Job

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 328-November 24 “Gold, like the sun, which melts wax and hardens clay, expands great souls and contracts bad hearts.”—Antoine de Rivaroli Studies have shown that, once above subsistence level, having more money and material success won’t make you any happier. You already have to be happy. If you haven’t learned how to be a happy person, how to take pleasure in the daily gifts the world offers to all of us, material goods will not satisfy you. Everyone can point to rich people who are lonely, bored, angry, or depressed. Having money just made them comfortable in their misery. The single-minded pursuit of … [Read more...]