Vicki Robin

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Trailer for new movie on money

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Katie Teague interviewed me for her film in progress Current-Sea Change. Much of what I say is in YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE.

Which web-based tracking programs do you recommend?

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

A woman emailed yesterday to ask if we could recommend any web-based programs to track spending.  Vicki addressed this issue in an earlier blog post entitled “Tools to Track By” which cites a Christian Science Monitor article that discusses a few of the various sites.  I was also interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” a few weeks ago on this topic.  The most popular of the sites is  Read the rest of this entry »

Debt-free! Showing off or showing the way?

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Everyone who does the 9-step program Your Money or Your Life and reaches their “debt crossover point” – retiring their last penny of debt including mortgage – experiences a freedom beyond description. A lightness of being. A release as the shackles come off and they realize their future is theirs, not the bank’s.

The question is: does celebrating this life passage with your friends (as you would a wedding or graduation) seem like gloating when everyone else is entangled in webs of debt Read the rest of this entry »

“How long does it take to reach FI?” and other recent inquiries

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Vicki and I just finished answering questions for a blog interview with Tight-Fisted Miser and thought we’d share our responses with you:  

What makes Your Money or Your Life different from most personal finance books?  There are three big differences.  First of all, most financial advice assumes that “more is always better” – more income,  more status, and more stuff.  Your Money or Your Life is different because it helps you instead to answer the question, “How much is enough?” This is a radical shift Read the rest of this entry »

Frugal. Simple. Sustainable. Not always the same.

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2009 at 5:43 AM

Nothing like moving to hold a Your Money or Your Life Step One mirror up to reflect one’s mountains of possessions. Step One is where you put a $$$ value on all your stuff. To do so, you have to look at each of your things – all (tens of) thousands of them. I know. I just did it, and it reflected back the three faces of my shopping personality: simplicity, frugality and sustainability. They aren’t exactly the same. Read the rest of this entry »


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