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Ep17: Money and Mental Illness – Abigail Perry

Episode #17: Frugality for Depressives – Managing Money When Dealing With Mental Illness – With Abigail Perry



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Abigail Perry HeadShotBio: After a rare neurological disease nearly killed her at 19, Abigail was left with chronic fatigue and depression. She shares her story and encourages others. Abigail believes that “Everyone has limitations, no matter what your health and income levels look like. Most of us have a near-infinite number of things we should do (or want to do), but an all-too-finite amount of time and energy. Every day we make mistakes or take shortcuts due to overcommitment, stress, health issues or simple exhaustion. That’s not a flaw or personal failing. It’s normal. It’s human. The sooner we can accept this, the sooner we can find peace and balance in our lives.”

Show Description: Abigail and I discuss the influence of depression and mental illness on finance, and some practical ways to cope with finances while not giving up completely. We discuss comfort spending, creating inertia, and automation in making finances easier. Many many more powerful skills and ideas are found in her book!

ShowNotes:

  • 0:53 – About Abigail
  • 2:10 – Budgets and Mental Illness
  • 5:15 – Finding What Works For You
  • 6:50 – Online Bloggers: Only Sharing Success. “Everyone has Foibles”
  • 7:40 – The Foibles: Breathing Room, and “The Dad Syndrome”
  • 11:11 – Comfort Spending: Making Room For Hard Moments (and Weeks)
  • 13:40 – Building Enjoyment: Planning and The Power of Anticipation
  • 17:21 – What You REALLY Want – A Reason For Spending Habits
  • 20:40 – A Flurry of Powerful Habits from Abigail for Depression and Finances
  • 23:10 – Abigail’s Money Maxim

Money Maxim

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“Celebrate Every Win, Big or Small, It’s Still Progress” – Abigail Perry

Action Items

Plan fun events 3-4 weeks out. Plan a vacation next fall, or next summer. Having an exciting event to build up to can keep you focused, empowered, and committed to a fun thing you can talk about, invite friends to, and help fight depression with. Plans create excitement, and a goal to work towards.

Realize when you’re expecting too much. And question why. Who told you that that expectation is required? Is it yourself? Or someone else who’s appearing perfect?

Create Buffer room in your Budget! If your spending plan doesn’t have extra money, or “cash nuances” or “fun money” you’re doing it wrong!

Share Your Wins! Share on FinancialGinger or In the Comments Below!

Contacts and Links from the Show

Buy Frugality for Depressives from Abigail Perry on Amazon! or from Barnes & Noble
I Pick Up Pennies, Abigails Blog. Her Facebook Group, Pinterest, and Twitter

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Unfortunately, Gift Card Granny doesn’t show results for CardCash though, which I also highly recommend. Every couple of months it offers an extra 3-5% sitewide. I get 16% off Walgreens or CVS gift cards.

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Ep11: Taking Action With Technology – with Pluto Money

Ep11: Taking Action With Technology – with Pluto Money




Download This Episode Bios: Tim Yu and Susie Kim are the co-founders of Pluto Money, a mobile app making personal finance doable, engaging and approachable for the Snapchat generation. They met while at UCLA, and were inspired to start Pluto upon graduating because of the financial struggles they endured as college students. They’re on a mission to financially empower college students and other young people across the nation by leveraging technology, design and behavioral science.

Tim Yu - GoPluto FounderSusie Kim - GoPluto FounderShow Description: Today I talk with Pluto Money co-founders Susie Kim and Tim Yu’s financial troubles in college, and where they idea for Pluto Money came from. We talk about behavior around spending habits in College. We don’t start saving for retirement while we’ve got student debt and loans and school to pay for? So why do we save? What’s the purpose of it. GoPluto is an app being created by millennials for millennials, with the purpose of changing around you and your habits. As you age, you’re naturally going to have changes in your lifestyle and goals with your money. We talk about how Pluto helps you reach goals, manage your spending money, and start saving towards goals now, and future goals when you get there.

Join Tim and Susie on their first ever podcast, and also my first time having two guests simultaneously!

Shownotes:

  • Susie’s turning down acceptance to her dream Arts & Language program in London/Italy and why
  • Tim’s amazing internship with Expedia, and not saving any of it for the next school year
  • Pluto’s Target – Younger people with smaller amounts of Discretionary Income to spend better
  • 6:00 – The Mission of Pluto Money
  • 7:25 – Goal Based Saving
  • 8:20 – What Is Your Saving For?
  • 9:00 – Bite-Sized Steps to Reach Goals
  • 10:30 – Behavioural Finance
  • 12:00 – Motivation and Meditation
  • 13:20 – Where to Start – Don’t Get Overwhelmed, Keep it to One Thing At A Time
  • 15:00 – Opportunity Costs – Because You Can, Does It Mean You Should?
  • 17:05 – You Don’t Have To Know It All To Start
  • 18:26 – Pluto Money – Money around Millennial Lifestyle and Goals
  • 19:45 – Are College Kids Broke? It’s A Fallacy. We have 209 Billion dollars, just in college students
  • 20:15 – Details in How Pluto Works for You
  • 23:30 – Understanding Fixed and Variable Expenses
  • 24:45 – Realistic Goals for College Students (Don’t Save For Retirement in College, DUH)
  • 25:14 – Managing Money Is About Putting It Where It Matters
  • 26:15 –  Starting With Baby Steps
  • 27:18 – How Pluto Money App Works – The Heavy Lifting Done For You
  • 29:40 – Tips and Tricks behind Money from Tim and Susie For College Age / Recent Grads

Money Maxim

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“Spending To Be Happy Today Ain’t A Bad Thing, As Long As You’ve Got Enough To Be Happy Tomorrow” – Pluto Money

Action Items

  •  Stop saving money because you’re supposed to! Save for a pre-meditated purpose. Comment below with what you’re saving for! Or share it in in the Financial Ginger Facebook Group!
  • If you want to do better with money, First consider Why Do I Want to Be Better With Money? Write the answer down and put it somewhere you’ll see. Tweet it at me @FinancialGinger @GoPluto_io
  • What is something you want to take action on? Consider how much do you need to know to get started? Get that base amount and get going on it.
  • Start investing somewhere with a few dollars to get some practice in investing. Simple places to start include PlutoMoney along with -WealthFront, Betterment, Stash, and Acorns.
  • Finish your Degree!

Sign up here for GoPluto to get notified when Pluto’s invite-only beta launches on the App Store soon! Pluto truly simplifies how you manage your money. Automatically save for your goals when you complete simple, personalized challenges based on your finances Money Muscle

-Here’s an exclusive app invite code for you awesome TheFinancialGinger Podcast listeners: GOGINGER 

Contact and Links from Show

https://gopluto.io

[email protected] – Open to any questions, feedback, ideas or even just a hello!

Brian J Fog – Stanford Behavioural Research (creating habits)

Connect with Tim and Susie on:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/plutomoney

Twitter – www.twitter.com/gopluto_io

 

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Ep6-On Doing What’s Right For You – BurkeDoes

Episode #6: On Doing What’s Best For You – with BurkeDoes




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About my guest: Emilie is the brains behind Burke Does, inspiring millennial women to live financially, physically, and professionally fit lives. She writes about overcoming debt while balancing trying to eat healthy, stay fit, and have a little fun along the way.

Description: Emilie – BurkeDoes.com and Jacob – FinancialGinger.com talk about the overlapping areas of our lives, the power of self-improvement, and focusing on our person goals and values to create power in acting to take control of our lives both in a financial sense, and an achieve your dreams sense.

Thanks Emilie for being on the show! It was wonderful to have you!

ShowNotes:

  • Finance isn’t just Finance, it influences every part of our life.
  • The Crossfit Open – the practicality of overlapping fitness, finance, and work life.
  • Life Doesn’t Fit Into Different Silos, It Blends Together
  • The Power of Reading in Self-Development
  • Overlapping Our Effort – Overall Wellness
  • Key to Achieving: Effort and Personal Values
  • Changing Values and Goals Over Time – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (this was running through my mind the entire episode)
  • Paycheck Woes – Problems That Could Be Avoided
  • Actively Working Towards Our Goals – MyToDoLists.me
  • Goals Forgotten Aren’t Important (Or Else You Would Have Remembered)
  • What You Value, You Are Already Spending Time and Money On
  • Why We Identify Our Values
  • What Your Spending Says About You

Action Items:

  • Consider your life goals and write them down
    • Identify your values.
    • Figure out some actions you can take towards your goals
    • Develop a method of tracking progress of goals
  • Take time each period (weekly, or monthly, or quarterly) to review goals and adjust accordingly (less ye forgot)
  • With your current goals and values, consider do they align? Do your goals match your values
  • Does your spending match and correlate with your values and goals?
  • Set a recurring calendar appointment with yourself (weekly, monthly, or quarterly) to review your goals, values, and spending habits, to ensure they align and to set new goals.

Maxim

Sources

Emilie’s Crossfit experience

CultivateWhatMatters – Power Sheets ( examples of her sheets available on her store)

Mitsubishi Mirage (Best Car Ever)

Grit – Angela Duckworth

BurkeDoes.com/as-seen-on

Emilie’s To Do Lists – mytodolists.me – See what Emilie’s goals are each week

Facebook – facebook.com/burkedoes Twitter – twitter.com/burkedoes Instagram – instagram.com/burkedoes Pinterest – pinterest.com/burkedoes