Psychology corner: Why you eat too much

Not long ago, I came across what may be the single best interview on behavorial change ever given. This interview is PACKED with insights on what actually motivates our behaviors (as opposed to the incorrect, surface-level reasons we think are behind it). For example, many people believe they are in control of their own behaviors. Ironically, these people are persuaded ...

How do I stop being so damn lazy?

Perhaps our generation’s greatest failing is how lazy we are. How many of my readers have sent me emails talking about how they want to change... how they want to improve their finances, earn more, or get healthier...or even READ my book (which is sitting under their bed)... but they simply can’t find the motivation to do ...

I could give you 100 ways to earn more and it still wouldn’t matter

All right...I want to proceed delicately with this one. I was fascinated by an article I saw recently on MoneySavingMom.com. The piece featured a struggling reader asking for ways to earn an extra $1,000 per month. This person was already frugal (eats at home, economizes on utilities, only buys on sale, etc.) but still needed ways to ...

Cost vs. value: the $71,000 conference that’s a bargain

The vast majority of Americans are fixated on cost, not value. They complain about how much something costs, rather than understanding what value it could provide -- whether financially, emotionally, or otherwise. I’ve written about this before in my post on why I bought a new car, a decision commonly dismissed without any research or perspective. In that post, ...

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The psychology of cutting back on lattes

I’ve talked about Big Wins instead of savings on pointless small expenses like lattes. Frugality zealots don’t understand this and accuse me of arguing that people can’t manage their expenses and that, gasp, is it REALLY that hard to cut back on this stuff? They are right. In general, people can’t manage their expenses, and yes, ...

Goldilocks and the Three Prices

I was out to dinner with 5 people recently. Two of us live in San Francisco, two live in the Palo Alto area, and two live mid-Peninsula (in between). Think of it like this:   Many of you don't know, but I almost became a cartographer. However, I chose blogging due to the copious amounts of female groupies. Anyway, after ...