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Chicago financial planner Archives - Page 2 of 5 - Julie Murphy Casserly

The season of giving…but not too much

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It’s the first weekend of November, which means that the holiday shopping season is upon us. Macy’s has had holiday displays up for a while, and pretty soon we’ll start hearing Christmas music. All this leads up to the “most wonderful time of the year.” Yet for many of us, this season of giving is spoiled by the stress of overspending.

With the unemployment rate still hovering around 9 percent, the economy is a major factor in how much people will spend this season. And like the ghost of Christmas past, Read More

Trick or treat? What you’re really doing with your finances

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We’ve all been here. We get discouraged when we have to start squirreling away money. We forget that change – real, long-term change – takes more than just a few weeks of work. We get tired or frustrated. We quit, get back on the wagon, and then quit again. But instead of just accepting what we’re doing at face value, we attempt to justify our actions. Or even emphasize the silver lining, completely overlooking the financial sabotage.

Does this sound like you? I’m not accusing you of being weak or frail because permanent behavioral shifts are incredibly difficult to manage, which is why most people fail.

Since Halloween is a few short days away, I wanted you to start thinking about your finances in a different way: trick or treat. But we’re not exactly talking about the money; we’re delving into the behavior. Let’s start by Read More

Your financial upbringing (part 4): overcome your past to shine in your future

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This past month, we’ve spent our time reconnecting with our childhood experiences. While your children were dealing with trigonometry and sports tryouts, you went through your own “back to school” journey through examining your youth. What did you find out about yourself?

During the first week of September, we reflected on the different situations presented to us as children, and how we reacted to them both as youngsters and as adults. We thought about how we felt during the different stages of our youth, and we journaled about how we spent our money.

In week two, we began to rewire our subconscious by confronting our negative feelings instead of running away from them. We accepted that some of our childhood experiences Read More

Your financial upbringing (part 2): rewiring your subconscious

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Last week, we talked about how specific experiences in our childhood have shaped our relationship with money. This week, I want to focus on retraining your subconscious. You want to break away from those inherited beliefs so you can eliminate the roadblocks to your financial success.

I closed my last blog post with a reflection exercise where you wrote down the different experiences and situations you were in during your childhood. What were some of the things Read More