Amanda Stanhaus

Tag: love

Credit Card receipt confetti

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I have a love/hate relationship with credit card receipts.

I know better than to throw them away, fully intact for just anyone to copy the #s and my signature.  Plus, they are super helpful when I need to return a purchase. And I appreciate them when I need a confirmation of a suspect charge on my credit card.

Ugh, but they take up a surprising amount of space in my not-so-spacious apartment.

At the end of every month, I make confetti out of the receipts that are more than two months old. I do leave out the receipts of major purchases during my confetti creation. But otherwise, no receipt is too tiny to be further cut up.

Enjoy scissor sisters!

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

The Walrus Talks Philanthropy

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Reunited and it feels so good…

We (Bettie & Belle) met in Toronto to attend The Walrus Talks Philanthropy. Eight speakers had seven minutes each to pitch their point of view on the topic.

Given that we are fabulous & frugal, we were there to see Robin Taub, powerhouse financial literacy consultant. We loved every minute of the entire event! Watch it for yourself here.

(Please note: we were blessed with guest list spots. But it was so fab, we would have forgone being frugal and paid way more that the ticket price to attend.)

The Best According to Bettie:

I want to be Robin’s Batman! If the event had been held in a church, I would have responded to everything Robin said with an “Amen!”

Robin answered the question: How can you afford to give, when there is nothing left to give at the end of the month?

According to Robin, it’s all about changing what we earn, spend, and have.

-Earn: Ask for that raise, pick up extra shifts and—my favorite—reassess our investments to increase their return.

-Spend: This one is not easy, it calls for distinguishing between needs & wants. I ask myself the cookie monster question. Older and wiser, Robin urged us to make value judgments; there will not be any second guessing, if we buy according to our values.

– Have: I think critically when adding to my closet, but Robin took it a step further. Robin wants me to clean out my closet and have a garage sale. Robin must have heard me gasp, but she reassured the audience, if Oprah can do it, we can too.

My biggest “Amen” moment was when Robin concluded that financial literacy can be intimidating, but conquered by making informed everyday decisions. It’s these decisions that add up. Robin urged us to make decisions that will add up to have extra money at the end of the month to give.

The Best According to Belle:

Moi aussi, j’adore Robin. Mais, j’adore Mustafa Ahmed plus. Mustafa said everything I have ever wanted to say about love and the value of time…in a poem. “Love is the only thing that really can hold us together.” [Thunderous applause.] Think about it! It’s all I have been able to think about since Tuesday. Watch and be mesmerized by Mustafa!

We learned a lot at The Walrus Talks Philanthropy. Spread the word and keep the conversation going!

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

Investment Style

Risk lover or hater. Black/white or color blocking.

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

Market Timing

Perfect timing. Other than in my mother’s eyes, hard to do.

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

Maturity Date

When I did this, I moved out. When my bond does this, my principal is returned.

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

Want

That would be REALLY nice to have.

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