Stephanie’s

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 181-June 30 “You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.”—Dale Carnegie More money too, I might add. I often window-shopped at the little boutique in Pacific Palisades called Stephanie’s. She had the most beautiful clothes on display! But the prices were a little higher than I was used to, and I was afraid they didn’t fit into my budget. So, with a sigh, I passed by. Then, one day, I was at a Chamber of Commerce networking mixer, and the door prize was 20 percent off merchandise at … [Read more...]

The Leopard Slippers

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 180-June 29 “It takes two flints to make a fire.”—Louisa May Alcott Betty, a retail seller of miscellaneous goods, approached me at the networking meeting. Knowing I like animal prints, she was always on the lookout for the next leopard-zebra-furry gizmo to sell me. “I just got in these great leopard slippers—they’d look perfect on you!” she sang. “I’ll take them!” I sang back. Great transaction so far. Betty knew what I liked and looked out for me—I felt special and very well served as a customer. Then it went downhill. “Can you come over and pick them up?” she said. Well, she lived on the other … [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...]

Home Ownership

Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction” 175-June 24 “The first payment is what made us think we were prosperous, and the other nineteen is what showed us we were broke.”—Will Rogers Owning your own home is one of the American Dreams. But it seems to me that many people scrimp and save to buy a home and then are “house poor”—they can’t go anywhere or do anything because all their available income is going to pay their mortgage! In Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki states he doesn’t even consider a home an asset. He says it’s because there are so many other attendant expenses that go with home ownership that it is a drain on most people’s … [Read more...]