How Much Is Your Time Worth?

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAA friend of mine, who is a lawyer, left work early today to clean her house before her in-laws were coming into town. With her earnings in excess of $350 per hour, I frowned and asked why she didn’t simply hire a cleaning service. No, she...

The Gas Issue

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAI paid over four dollars per gallon at the pump today! While this may not impress Europeans, who have paid such prices for ages, the cost of oil certainly isn’t helping the US economy right now. Herds of people are making the switch from...

Tony Robbins for Your Money

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAOne of my friends has grown to be such a Tony Robbins fan, she now quotes him daily. I went over to her house last night, to watch one of his videos and find out for myself what the fuss was all about.I liked it. Even more so, I liked that...

Spring Cleanout of Your Finances

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAMy husband, son and I are getting ready to move to a larger apartment. I did a much belated, and much needed, spring cleanout of my closet this weekend to start getting ready. It got me thinking that while most of us do some sort of spring...

Feng Shui and Money

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAA friend of mine had a Feng Shui expert look over her house this weekend. She invited me to come over and watch. Tons can be done to attract wealth into your life, she told me. While I found the in-depth Feng Shui so complex and complicated...

How Much Shopping Is Too Much?

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAFlipping through the latest In Style last night, I realized how easy it is to feel that the price tags for the things magazine editors like to tell us we absolutely must have are out of line with our earnings. The consensus among those in...

Ease money record-keeping burdens

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAMy assistant burst into my office this morning, wild-eyed. Had I seen the $200 she had in the pocket of her trench coat three days ago? Nope. She decided to dig through her purse – oversize albeit exploding with receipts – yet another time....

Monitoring your spending

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFAI heard on the radio today that the average Starbucks customer spends close to $6 per visit, 18 times per month. That adds up to a whopping $1,296 per year, which he or she otherwise could have invested. Now, this is not a Starbucks rant...

Handle your money with confidence

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFALast night, the man in front of me in line at the grocery store spent a good five minutes taking things out of his cart, only to add them back a moment later, and then remove them again. Turns out he was running low on cash, and was only...