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Why It Is So Hard to Talk About Money

Do you have difficulty talking to people about money? Specifically, about their money or yours? Here’s a quick test that will give you an amazingly accurate answer to that question: Ask the next five people you see how much they make and what they are worth, then share with them the same information about yourself. […]

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Top Ten Money Truisms

Jonathan Clements is a longtime former columnist for the Wall Street Journal, editor of the HumbleDollar blog, and author whose latest book, From Here to Financial Happiness, comes out in September. I’ve long been a fan of his, and I appreciate his list of 41 Twitter-length truisms that pack a lot of wisdom into a […]

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Frugality: The Essential Money Survival Skill

Someone recently asked me to share my number-one financial tip that would make the greatest impact on a person’s financial well-being. For someone who can speak for hours on the topic, that’s a daunting task. I wanted to quote the late Dick Wagner’s advice to “Spend less, save more, and don’t do anything stupid,” but […]

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Shoplifting an Invisible, Costly Money Problem

In all my experience with problematic money behaviors, there’s one I’ve never addressed—shoplifting. It’s not discussed in the books I’ve co-authored. While I estimate that I’ve worked with or spoken to around 1000 people about their money scripts, I can’t once recall anyone mentioning a money script that they deserved to steal from retailers or […]

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