What’s your number?

“How much is enough?” is truly the question of the hour. Enough executive compensation? Enough bailout money? Enough in the budget for pressing issues now that revenues are down? Enough to pay on groceries and still get nourished?...

Apathy to Anxiety to Adaptation

Days after the AARP bulletin featured Your Money or Your Life an article titled “Austere Times? Perfect” in Easter Sunday’s NY Times did too. Both celebrate the frugal and free lifestyle. Together they have the book zooming...

Planting Seeds of Prosperity

As I was asking a new client to describe her earliest memory around money, she started recalling how her parents dealt with money. She remembered how often they disagreed about managing their money, how often she remembers hearing her Dad say how...

Enough, choice and change

Last week Jerry Wennstrom (an artist of materials and spirit) I spoke to a diverse group linked by their appreciation of my host, Charlie Hess, and of his provocative, interesting and often lucrative advice. One partner in Charlie’s firm...

Iceland warms up to frugality

Marketplace’s Stephen Beard reported on April 3 that “On the brink of financial collapse last year, Iceland is now trying to recover and its citizens are embracing a culture of conservative spending.” He interviewed Sissa, an...

Getting down with the Joneses

Isn’t it more fun to party with your neighbors than compete with them? A blessing of this recession – and a lesson most learn through doing the practices in Your Money or Your Life – is that community awaits with open arms once you let go of the...