Consumer: Money Talk

Helen Collier
Helen Collier
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To have a good relationship with money, we all need some Wendy the Warrior.

She is confident, disciplined, and wise when it comes to money. She’s a doer and makes things happen financially and in her career. If she doesn’t know something, she finds out.

The news has been filled with the hikes in energy prices. It seems that everywhere you turn it’s there. What would Iris the Innocent and Victor the Victim, who I introduced to you a few weeks ago, be saying? ‘This is all too confusing. I really don’t know what to do’ says Iris and does nothing. ‘It’s not fair! Those energy companies are just out to screw people like us’ moans Victor, and he puts all his energy into being angry.

Wendy the Warrior, on the other hand, says: ‘I don’t fully understand. They may well be out to screw us. So I’m going to do some research and find out what the best option is for me’.

Tip: If you tend to get overwhelmed by money matters or feel powerless, then get your own ‘warrior’ working for you. Learn to talk to yourself. ‘OK I know I’m worried (feeling) about getting overdrawn at Christmas (what’s causing the feeling). What I will do now make a budget (action). Add yours: ‘OK I know I’m ……… (feeling) about ………. and what I will do now is …… (action)’ and do it.

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