Pay For or Do Yourself?

By Melissa Tosetti I’ve been told by many clients that before our first meeting, they were terrified I was going to tell them they have to give up their housekeeper. Rarely is that suggested. Why? Because for so many, coming home to a clean home is very important to them and it doesn’t make financial sense to do the work …

Run Your Kitchen Like a Restaurant

By Kevin Gibbons Many years ago, when I started going to restaurants a few notches above the local chain diners, I noticed something about the menus. There would be some number of entrees, maybe six or seven, usually a couple beef and fish, one or two chicken, and the obligatory vegetarian option (which was typically some sort of pasta dish …

The Domino Effect

By Melissa Tosetti It’s a common phenomenon that a sink full of dirty dishes is a catalyst for ordering takeout. The thought of having to wash the dishes before ever getting started on dinner is understandably discouraging. That same type of procrastination can be found when it comes to tracking your spending and paying bills. A cluttered, messy desk is …

The 80/20 Rule – Lessons in Life

By Kevin Gibbons How many times have you heard different versions of the following? “Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough” “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Performance” “’Good Enough for Government Work’ Explains Why the Government Doesn’t Work” Americans are obsessed with perfection. Whether it’s their children getting straight A’s, a 4.3 Grade Point Average (on a scale that is supposed to run …

The Payday Habit

By Melissa Tosetti How much money can you spend? Asked in a different way – how much money can you safely spend without sacrificing your short-term goals such as travel and long term goals like retirement? We have financial obligations in our bills.  We’re supposed to be putting money into savings accounts for our goals, but there are things we …

The Forgotten Value of Mending

By Kevin Gibbons I stumbled across an article on dieworkwear.com about how we have lost our ability to mend clothes. There was a picture of Prince Charles in a suit, with a close-up of a repair under the suit pocket. If a member of England’s Royal Family can wear a patched coat, certainly, the rest of us can consider fixing …

There’s (not) an App for That…

By Kevin Gibbons We truly do live in a wonderful technological time. We have the world’s history and current information at our fingertips. We have videos and tutorials on virtually any subject instantly available. And we can access that information on our cell phones almost anywhere. We are rapidly approaching the point where it seems we don’t need experts for …

Let’s Stop Getting Surprised by Intermittent Expenses

By Kevin Gibbons When The Savvy Life prepares a Spending Plan for a client, we group expenses into several categories. One of the main discriminators is “Monthly Expenses” versus “Intermittent Expenses.” As the names imply, “Monthly Expenses” are those that occur regularly every month, like rent, buying groceries, paying for utilities and the like. “Intermittent Expenses” are those that occur …

The Compass to Your Financial Map

By Melissa Tosetti We’ve encountered a high volume of clients that have the habit of tracking their spending; but it’s not helping them because they’re missing the last vital step – to regularly review what they’ve tracked. Their spending has been captured, but the information that will tell them if they are on or off track is unused.  By taking …

Don’t Panic – But Do Act

By Kevin Gibbons Everyone talks about the importance of starting to save for retirement early in your life. There are countless articles and podcasts advising young earners right out of college (and even some talking to teenagers) to start saving right away. And make no mistake, that is good advice. But even if you are more advanced in your life …