Amanda Stanhaus

Tag: chocolate

Am I Cookie Monster?

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The New York Times interviewed Elmo about Money. Adorable!

Cookie monster is always on the hunt for a cookie- duh. He thinks he NEEDS it, but he just WANTS it.

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If there is a blurred line between need and want on a potential purchase, I ask myself the cookie monster question. It has successfully deflected quite a few WANT purchases.

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

What Happened This Month?

The closest grown-ups come to reviewing a month’s diary entries is their bank statement.

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A bank statement documents a month’s transactions— when? who? how much?

The balance of the account will tell me how much I have to play with next month.

This diary is not selective. The good (interest payments), the bad (purchases), and the ugly (fees) are shown.

I double check to make sure the transactions are my own. If not all are kosher, I call the bank!

How did I manage $50 at Walgreens?? Oh yeah, tampon and chocolate sale. My hips wish it was someone else who had bought AND eaten that chocolate…but it was me!

Next month I’ll be better, promise!

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(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)