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Final 5 Money Behaviors– Do You Rate This Well With Your Own Cash?

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Feb 21, 2018 8:06:00 PM

As mentioned in my last blog, these behaviors come from Sarah Fallaw of Data Points. She created a Household Cash Job Description, which is a simple, brilliant way of defining specific money behaviors so we can stay focused on what counts.  Financial literacy is part of it, but not all of it, which explains why many people in financial services don’t manage their money particularly well either. Ever heard of the man who makes $2 million a year and wants to retire by 35? He has one small challenge – he spends $3 million a year. Yep. Believe it. We all know one.

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Topics: Money Behaviors

5 Good Cash Behaviors - How do You Rate?

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Jan 30, 2018 8:19:00 AM

Sarah Fallaw is CEO of Data Points, and also the daughter of Thomas J. Stanley, author of The Millionaire Next Door. I’m a fan of hers, and I have lived my life by that book. For anyone who has worked in a company where you have a job description, Sarah has come up with a brilliant, simple job description for managing our every day cash. 

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Topics: Money Behaviors

Sexy Shoes. Sexy Bank Account?

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Jan 16, 2018 8:15:00 AM

It’s fair to say I would never be mistaken for a fashionista. Most of my wardrobe reflects my career in financial services, except when I break out and rebel. This year I bought a fun pair of flowery shoes for spring and summer. While running around New York City one day, 3 different men came up to me and said “I really like your shoes”. No joke.  Then 2 more men came up to me another day. This never happens to me. (BTW my shoes were only $70).

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Topics: Money Behaviors, Money Habits, Retailer Psychology

1 Small Mindset Shift to Change Your Life

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Jan 1, 2018 11:02:00 AM

Are you interested in one small mindset change that reduces Anxiety, increases Control and Saves Money? What if I said this one thing wouldn’t take much time? Would you be interested? I think so! Here it is: Define Your Opportunity Cost. 

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Is Your Money Mindset No Longer Serving You?

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Sep 28, 2017 7:51:00 AM

The word Mantra comes from the Hindu and Buddhist religions, representing a repetitive chant of word or phrase. For those of us in the North American culture, the use of mantra loosely refers to a set of beliefs or phrase tied to motivation. It's our mindset.

I interviewed a client a number of months ago, and it became clear she was strongly driven by “productivity”.  Productivity is a very North American word – something that our culture values. “Time is Money” comes to mind immediately.  However, sometimes a productivity mantra is too narrow. Here is an example of how my client’s money mindset sabotaged her money behaviors.
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Topics: Money Attitudes, Money Behaviors

Dishing on Couple's Money with Mrs. & Mr. Tomato

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Jun 28, 2017 7:15:00 AM

Thanks to Cheryl and Stu Benton for willingly ‘baring all’ on their money beliefs, and how they found common ground as a couple. Here is their story.

If you’ve ever talked with Cheryl, her intelligence is evident. She had the guts to build an ad agency which was purchased by a larger company, and then started The Three Tomatoes. Women listened and her newsletter “The Three Tomatoes” continues to grow.

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Topics: Money Behaviors

Cash in the High Stakes Moment

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Jun 13, 2017 7:59:00 AM

My husband commented that I should check my tires since one in particular seemed a little deflated.  I never look at my tires -never thought to – unless of course one goes flat on the way to a really important meeting while I’m in my best suit. Then I’d notice.

The mundane chore was fit into my schedule a week later when I got around to it.  The exercise shocked me. 

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5 Tips to Fight Tax Return Money Euphoria

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Apr 25, 2017 8:15:00 AM

We all know the feeling – when we’re getting a tax return and we feel, well, rich. Not rich like a millionaire, but richer than we were yesterday. It’s like gold falling from heaven. And then it starts. The “what can I use this money for” dreams begin. And believe it or not, we probably dream spending 4 or 5 times the value of our refund. This is money euphoria.

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Are You a Rainy Day Saver? This Video Will Tell You

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Apr 11, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Understanding how you think about money can help you identify your behaviors in real time...and change them on-the-spot.  If you believe you can change your own spending habits, then this video may be powerful enough to get you there.  Are you a Rainy Day Saver? If so, you've got some great behaviors..and some that could get you into trouble. If you're not a Rainy Day Saver, stay tuned for other profiles and share this with someone who might be. It's only about 3 minutes. Thanks for listening !

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Topics: Money Behaviors

Money Tightrope and Fear of Judgment

Posted by Carrie Rattle on Sep 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

“Judgment by Your Peers Sucks”. This phrase comes from The Feel Rich Project,by Michael F. Kay, CFP.  And it could apply to so many things.  Michael talks about how this fear of being judged drives what we eat, what we wear, what we own.  And let’s face it, most of us have it to some degree – but does it fuel your need to spend to keep up a façade?

I’ve been in financial services for almost 30 years.  I have friends who see a big house with new cars outside, and think Wow! Those people are wealthy. They have everything. But often that’s not true.  I see a huge mortgage, leased cars, credit cards with balances on them – and wishful thinking that someday things will work out. 

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Topics: Money Behaviors, Money Attitudes

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