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When Frugality Is Not a Virtue But a Risk

Frugality is a valuable financial habit. It’s the number-one common denominator among people I know who are wealth builders. This makes sense, since no matter how much you make or what you may invest in, you’ve got to be able to live on less than you make in order to have money to invest. In […]

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Snowflakes, Money Scripts, and the Cost of Living

Suppose you earn $45,000 at a job in Rapid City, SD, and you learn that someone doing the same job in Redwood City, CA, earns $60,000. Your instant conclusion is likely to be that they enjoy a higher standard of living than you do. That assumption would be a money script. It is neither completely […]

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Money Beliefs and Luxury Lifestyle TV

If you watch TV shows that flash luxury products and feature rags-to-riches stories or the lives of the rich and famous, will you become more materialistic and cold-hearted toward the poor? You might, according to an August 1 story by Sarah Knapton in The Telegraph.

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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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