The dilemma of shared finances

If you have a “house-mate” it really doesn’t matter if you sleep in the same room or different ones, if you’re spouses, partners or friends, if you share every little secret or just the kitchen, living room, dining room and bathroom. You still have to decide how to decide what gets bought and with whose money.

Which would be my situation. Continue reading


Your Money or Your Life to the rescue

Duh Uh. I’m in a time of financial change (who isn’t?) and my anxiety around money has been rising. It took a while to understand the creepy feeling as I’ve only had it a few times in the last 40 years. The Your Money or Your Life program has served me that well. I’ve lived high on the hog but low on the financial food chain – and that worked for me except Continue reading

How Much is Enough: The Importance of Eliminating Food Waste

Did you know that we waste an estimated 27% of the food available for consumption in the U.S.?  That works out to approximately one pound of food wasted every day for every American.  I read these statistics in a New York Times article one year ago and was so stunned that they have stuck with me ever since.  Food waste is so common in our country that we don’t always even notice it.  But it became glaringly obvious to me after I had children.  So I decided to do what I could as a mom and a citizen to eliminate food waste.  First of all, Continue reading

Ten Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

One of the advantages of the current downturn in the economy is that it gives people a chance to get in touch with what kind of career would really make them happy.  If you can’t earn a high salary, then it makes sense to consider instead what would bring a sense of greatest life satisfaction (assuming you’re otherwise able to get your basic survival/basic comfort needs met).  Our friends at Yes! magazine are very much in touch with this shift in the national mood.  They just Continue reading

A tale about money – but is it true?

“It is August, on the shores of the Black Sea. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one.

The hotel proprietor takes the 100 Euro note Continue reading