Press & News

How to make the right purchase for home, the road and beyond
Deseret News
Linsy Hunsaker – November 13, 2014

“Families should realize that it’s possible to be ‘too good’ at saving,” Syble Solomon, creator of the Money Habitudes card games and books

Guide to Teaching Kids About Money & Finance
DebtHelper
October 28, 2014

Syble Solomon also suggests that realistic expectations are set. “Chances are you occasionally buy something you don’t absolutely need. You don’t have to look like a miserly saint for your kids’ sake. Be realistic and responsible with money and preach the same for them.”

10 Ways to Finally Avoid Overspending
CreditDonkey
Allison Kade – October 23, 2014

Syble Solomon, a personal-finance consultant and founder of LifeWise Strategies, let us in on the sneaky ways our psychology can fool us into overspending.

How well do you know your dough?
The Durango Herald
Matt Kelly – October 14, 2014

In addition to the JA classes, Know Your Dough offers: The Money Game, which promotes financial literacy as an essential life skill, and Money Habitudes, which helps students talk about money, understand their spending habits and find their money personality.

Money Habits
Read My Lips Radio
Bonnie D. Graham – October 6, 2014

Money, money, money makes the world – and our lives – go around or grind to a screeching halt. It’s touted as the #1 cause of stress and #1 reason for divorce. Money habits pop quiz: Are you a penny-pincher, a wise and careful spender, or a carefree-careless spendthrift? Take heart. Financial Behaviorist Syble Solomon will discuss the Psychology of Money and  how her Money Habitudes deck of cards can help you discover what influences your personal money management decisions.

The Money Conversation Americans Need to Have
Wall Street Journal
Carolyn T. Geer – September 27, 2014

Try scheduling a mutually convenient time when you’re both likely to be in the right frame of mind, says Syble Solomon, author of “Bringing Money into the Conversation,” a guide for therapists working with clients with money issues, and creator of “Money Habitudes,” a card game designed to get people comfortable talking about money.

Lying to kids about money
The Morning Show – BYU Radio
September 24, 2014

Sharing Finances in a Relationship? 5 Stats You Should Know
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Erika Rawes – September 17, 2014

As one of the most notorious problems a marriage or relationship may face, money and financial issues often cause strain among millions of couples.

4 times it’s OK to lie to your kids about money
MarketWatch
Catey Hill – Sept 10, 2014

Syble Solomon, the creator of Money Habitudes , a program that helps people learn to talk about money, puts it: “Lying and pretending rarely have good long-term consequences.”

Financial habits on the Maggie Linton Show
Sirius Radio

August 27, 2014

Overcome Your Limits Radio Show
Christopher E. Powell  – July 15, 2014

In this episode of the Overcome Your Limits Radio Show, host Christopher E. Powell speaks with credit expert Lee Gimpel from LifeWise Strategies, LLC.

How prison inmates learn about money
MarketWatch
Catey Hill – July 10, 2014

“In terms of the person living a normal life and not ending up back in jail, financial literacy is a big part of the equation,” says Lee Gimpel, a spokesperson for Money Habitudes, a financial literacy organization.

Utah children sharpen their financial literacy over summer
The Salt Lake Tribune
Lisa Schencker – July 8, 2014

Though Utah already ranks high when it comes to financial literacy, Fidelity Investments and Utah State University (USU) Extension 4-H launched a new Money Mentors program this summer to try to boost that knowledge even further. In May, more than 60 Utah teens from 11 counties trained in the subject, and this summer, they’re teaching their peers across the state what they learned. Program leaders expect to reach at least a few hundred kids this summer.

Midday Interview: Financial Behaviorist Syble Solomon
WHQR
Jemila Ericson – June 10, 2014

Financial behaviorist Syble Solomon gives a talk called DeMystifying Credit

Overcome Your Limits Radio Show
Christopher E. Powell – June 9, 2014

Listen to the Overcome Your Limits Radio Show with breakthrough and motivational coach Christopher E. Powell to get the inspiration and insight you need to dramatically improve your life and make a difference in the lives of others.

When buying quality is worth it
SheKnows
Mary Fetzer – May 31, 2014

“Some people take the save-save-save mantra too much to heart and are too good at not spending money,” said Gimpel.

Psychology of Money
Financial Fitness Show (radio)
Chip Cummings – May 25, 2014

This week on the show we had guest Syble Solomon! Syble is a motivational speaker and expert on the psychology of money.  She discussed her “Money Habitudes” teaching aid, which is a easy and unique way to gain a better understanding of the ways in which you tend to think about money

New credit curriculum provides a better way to teach classes on credit reports, credit scores and credit cards
Press release
May 20, 2014

LifeWise Strategies announces the release of The Good Credit Game, an innovative curriculum kit for teaching credit classes. The credit curriculum stands out for its emphasis on being fun – both for financial educators and for students learning about credit reports, credit scores and credit cards.

5 reasons to ditch the debit card
USA Today / The Motley Fool
Justin Boyle – May 18, 2014

“If you pay your bills as agreed and on time, that’s usually the biggest factor in a score, and using less than 30 percent of your credit limit helps you,” says Lee Gimpel, co-developer of financial education tool The Good Credit Game.

11 Money Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You’re Making
Yahoo! News / DailyWorth
Molly Triffin – April 23, 2014

“Many of these costs recur year after year, which really adds up — and often the savings from correcting such mistakes is hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars annually,” says Lee Gimpel, director of development for LifeWise Strategies, which produces Money Habitudes and The Good Credit Game.

Planning to Have a Money Talk? Avoid these 4 Times
Cash Money Life
Miranda Marquit – April 18, 2014

Many of us know that it’s important to talk about money with a partner. Whether you are having “the money talk” for the first time as you prepare to move in together or marry, or whether you have combined your finances and you just checking in regularly, it helps to choose the right time to have your money talk.

‘Money Smart’ events at libraries
StarNewsOnline.com
April 5, 2014

This is “Money Smart Week,” according to the American Library Association, and the New Hanover County Public Library is joining in the celebration. On Monday, the system will play host to speaker and life coach Syble Solomon.

How Do You Score on Credit Scores?
AFCPE – The Standard
Syble Solomon – 2nd Quarter 2014

Here are ten of the most common credit facts that surprised participants in focus groups during the development of a new game, called The Good Credit Game.

In the Cards: Money habits
Wilma
Jenny Callison – April 2014

Syble Solomon can tell a lot about people by examining their spending habits. In fact, for the past ten years as what might be termed a behavioral economist, she’s been helping people –especially women – better understand themselves and their attitudes toward money.

Bridge Street Hosts Health and Wellness Conference
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Rebecca Olsavsky – March 30, 2014

What did Bridge Street Middle School students learn in school on Thursday? Money Habitudes, social media safety and how not to fall for a jerk.

Are Your Friends Hurting Your Finances?
DailyWorth
Jill Elaine Hughes – March 4, 2014

If they’re solely focused on saving money, “it may also mean that you then tend to spend money on the cheapest thing possible, like the used car that’s always breaking down, the clothes that fall apart after three washings, or you don’t take a vacation or invest in yourself [by, for example,] going back to school,” explains Solomon.

How to Stop Fighting Over Money
Real Simple
February 26, 2014

Money is the top reason couples fight, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether or not your resolutions have to do with strengthening your relationships, the new year is a great time to refresh the way you connect.

Monthly Savings Plan: Your Savings Calendar: How to Save Money, From January to December
CreditDonkey
February 26, 2014

Of course, plane tickets aren’t the only expensive costs on the horizon. As you shift into holiday-spending gear, Solomon recommends making a list of ten things you spent money on last holiday season and ranking them from 1-10 on how valuable you think they were in hindsight.

Feel like it’s time to intervene in a friend’s finances?
Bargaineering.com
Kristin Wong – February 24, 2014

So how do you know when it’s time to intervene with a friend’s money mistakes? Is a “money intervention” ever a good idea? Syble Solomon is an expert in talking to people about money. That’s what she does for a living as the Founder and President of LifeWise Strategies and creator of Money Habitudes. “Before offering anyone advice, ask yourself a few questions,” Solomon says.

Three Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Making a Purchase
Lifehacker
Holly Crawford – February 20, 2012

“If a bigger house means you have the space to do things you value, like work from home or comfortably entertain a large family or group of friends, the increased space could bring happiness,” saysSyble Solomon, founder of LifeWise Strategies.

6 Times We Betray Our Budgets (And Clever Ways To Stop)
Forbes / LearnVest
Allison Kade – January 28, 2014

For advice on recrafting tempting situations into opportunities to exercise self-control, we spoke to Julia Galef, president and cofounder of the Center for Applied Rationality, and Syble Solomon, executive coach and creator of Money Habitudes, a game-like set of cards which helps start conversations about money.

Talk To Your Honey About Money!
The New Relationship Reality Show – WebTalkRadio
January 27, 2014 – Kat Knecht

January is the most stressful month when it comes to our finances. Those stresses explode when the money issues exist within a relationship.

Budget Wars: Coming to a Solution When Partners Disagree
Money Living
Andrea Williams – November 12, 2013

Most financial programs are very skills-driven and ignore the habits, attitudes, behaviors, values and emotions that go into financial decisions. Money Habitudes shows people that they are a mix of different money personality types or tendencies and that each of those has its strengths and challenges.

Book Review: Bringing Money Into the Conversation
The Standard
Linda A. Stortz – October 24, 2013

Bringing Money Into the Conversation provides valuable information and resources. Even though the title of the book implies it was written for therapists, the book is also relevant for all financial professionals.

Fighting About Money? Beware!
Psychology Today
Susan Heitler, Ph.D. – September 17, 2013

Money Habitudes cards offer a fun way to can help couples to build a foundation of mutual understanding, respect and even good humor vis a vis their differing money habits and attitudes. After playing with Money Habitudes cards, subsequent discussions about money issues are likely to feel less emotionally loaded.

When to visit a financial therapist
MSN Money
Gordon Powers – September 9, 2013

For couples, the real issue is often what money represents to each person: She thinks he’s cheap because he won’t pay for their son’s car insurance. He thinks she’s enabling the boy who should take responsibility for paying the premiums himself.

A Guide To Talking About Money With Your Spouse
Answers.com
Susan Heitler – September 2013

One way to begin a conversation about what money means to each of you is to play the card game Money Habitudes. The cards offer fun and easy way to explore your money habits and attitudes.

Friend Money Interventions: A Good Idea?
Forbes
Anna Williams – July 25, 2013

The subjects we tend to skirt with acquaintances—religion, politics, sex—are often free rein in close friendships. Yet discussing money can sometimes be a whole different ball game.

Solomon receives youth financial literacy award
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Evan Amezcua – June 4, 2013

Syble Solomon, founder of LifeWise Strategies LLC, has won the 2013 N.C. Jump$tart Award for Outstanding Contributions to Financial Education for Youth.

What’s Your Financial Personality Type?
GoBankingRates.com
Casey Bond – May 24, 2013

Syble Solomon, who is an expert on the psychology of money and founder of LifeWise Strategies, advises that while Impulsive types are not typically associated with being good with money, that isn’t necessarily always the case.

Syble Solomon wins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Financial Education for Youth
Press Release
April 30, 2013

“Syble Solomon has worked with young people in North Carolina and across the United States to help them understand their money personalities and have great conversations with their peers and family about money,” says Tami Hinton, President of the North Carolina Jump$tart Coalition.

Bedtime buyers: Tablet, smartphone users curl up and shop at night
The Courier-Journal
Jere Downs – April 28, 2013

It’s as if the televised Home Shopping Network craze of a decade ago can now take place anytime, anywhere, on your mobile device, said Syble Solomon, a personal finance consultant and author of “Money Habitudes,” a game that helps consumers explore how and why they spend.

Face Your Financial Fears
AVIVA – Best You
April 16, 2013

“Money represents so many emotional things to us,” notes executive coach and financial behaviorist Syble Solomon, based in Wilmington, N.C. “You may associate it with freedom or security or with tension over bills when you were a child.”

Northwest Family Services (NWFS) “Long” Survey Results from October 2012 to March 2013 for Formative Evaluation of the Community-Centered Healthy Marriage and Relationship Grant from the OFA
Educational and Community Supports – College of Education – University of Oregon
Tary Tobin, Ph.D. – April, 2013

Services in three tiers will enhance family and economic stability among the participants. Within My Reach or Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program is used as the core healthy marriage/ relationship curricula. Money Habitudes, Credit Smart (Freddie Mac curriculum). Parenting programs include: Parenting Inside Out, Family First , and Love and Logic.

New Book Helps Therapists and Counselors Talk About Money
Press Release
January 28, 2013

“Bringing Money Into the Conversation” serves as a how-to guide for professionals working with clients with issues related to money.

This generation is leaving Neverland
Directions For Women
Peg Downey, CFP – January 26, 2013

 You know how we love an inspirational story! Well, this one has true fairy tale quality, but with a slightly different ending, as the princess rides her own horse into the sunset. It’s the story of Syble Solomon, who happens to be our next webinar presenter

Money Habitudes
WHQR – Midday Interview
Jemila Ericson – January 4, 2013

Syble Solomon tells us about Money Habitudes.

A Developmental Approach to Work-Readiness
Innovative Practice Projects (Pacific University – School of Occupational Therapy)
Megan George and Kate Brigden

Activity Modules – Managing Finances & Budgeting: This activity is a reflection of personal beliefs of obtaining, spending and saving money. This can be used to for an individual to gain insight of personal spending habits and routines and how they may impact their financial stability.

The Why Behind Our Money Decisions
University of Illinois Extension
Paul McNamara and Kathy Sweedler – December 10, 2012

Money Habitudes are not necessarily bad or good. However, when they affect our decisions without us being aware of them, they may be holding us back from reaching our goals. This time of year is a good time to think about what influences how we use money.

Financial Tips: How to Stop the Arguing About Money
LifeGoesStrong
Susan Crandell – December 3, 2012

As I flipped through the cards, making my choices, it triggered all kinds of memories of money decisions I’ve made, for better or worse – call them the ghosts of finance past.

New and Improved Version of Money Habitudes Released
Press release
Nov 29, 2012

Award-winning money personality tool and conversation starter features improved readability for low-literacy audiences.

Money and Marriage: Couples Help at Midlife
LifeGoesStrong
Susan Crandell – November 26, 2012

The issues couples face about money are very rarely about money. Usually it’s a conflict of values or perspectives, or a reflection of our fears about money,” says Syble Solomon, a popular speaker on the psychology of money.

Mind your money
Winnipeg Free Press
Joel Schlesinger – Nov 24, 2012

In her award-winning guide Money Habitudes: A Guide for Professionals Working with Money Related Issues, Syble Solomon writes six Money Habitudes — habits and attitudes about finances — describe just about every facet of our relationship with the dollar.

Why we spend the way we do
Courier-Journal
Jere Downs – November 8, 2012

I run away from money, and money seems to run away from me. In the past, I have spent spontaneously and had trouble containing that impulse. Yesterday, author Syble Solomon helped me understand why.

An Ounce Of Financial Prevention
Public News Service – WV
Dan Heyman – October 22, 2012

According to financial educator Syble Solomon, the key findings confirm that people make mistakes when under stress. She says this helps explain why people make the same errors over and over again – because each problem makes the next one harder to deal with.

Scary Money Matters With Stepchildren on Stepmoms Toolbox
Remarriage
Paula Bisacre – October 2, 2012

To help make it easier and to add a little fun to your talks about money in your remarriage and with your blended family members, I personally recommend using Syble Solomon’s Money Habitudes cards to help you tackle the serious business of talking about money in your life.

Journal of Extension
The Financial Education Tool Kit: Helping Teachers Meet State-Mandated Personal Finance Requirements
Eileen St. Pierre, Charlotte Richert, Susan Routh, Rachel Lockwood, Mickey Simpson – June 2012 (Volume 50, Number 3)

The Financial Education Tool Kit was originally designed by a group of OCES Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) educators on the Family Economic Well-Being Impact Team. Before receiving a kit for their county, Extension educators need to undergo training on its contents … The Financial Education Tool Kit includes: The Nail Game, Money Habitudes for Teens Cards, The Spending Game, Building Wealth CD-ROM, Paycheck Power BOOSTER calculator, Dollar Decisions Spending Cards, Copies of the National 4-H Curriculum, Financial Champions.

Mom vs. Dad: How much money should you spend on your child?
SheKnows
Lisa Steinke – May 17, 2012

Syble Solomon, an expert on helping couples talk about money and founder of Money Habitudes, says, “Money is the number one reason that couples argue. And fighting over how to spend it on their children is a manifestation of that larger issue.” Solomon says couples must learn how to talk about money in an easy, respectful way.

News and Tribune
Making sense out of finances
Amanda Arnold – April 27, 2012

During the game, the participants sorted through cards that represented six areas of financial mindsets, such as spontaneous, secure and goal orientated. The idea was to find a commonality in the cards, and some people were surprised with what they learned.

Press Release
Money Habitudes: How To Be Rich in Life & Love Wins Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Award
April 19, 2012

Engaging and innovative financial education curriculum with a focus on the psychology of money and behavioral economics helps teens with personal finances and relationships.

Student Financial Literacy: Campus-Based Program Development
Dorothy B. Durband (Editor), Sonya L. Britt (Editor)
April 4, 2012

This card-style, game-like tool aids people in understanding their habits and attitudes towards money. It also highlights the how, when, and why people use money, especially concerning saving and spending.

AFCPE – The Standard
Parting Ways: 10 Tips for Counseling Clients Through Divorce
Lee Gimpel, 2nd Quarter 2012

If you’re working around finances, the chances are good that your work and advising will touch on divorce. Here are some tips to think about it the right way.

VoiceAmerica Radio
The Money Answers Show with Jordan Goodman
January 30, 2012

Jordan Goodman is “America’s Money Answers Man” and a nationally-recognized expert on personal finance. He is a regular guest on numerous radio and television call-in shows across the country, answering questions on personal financial topics. He appears frequently on NBC’s The Today Show, Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC and CBS evening news.

Washington Post
Color of Money Live web chat with Michelle Singletary
January 12, 2012

Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions. My guest will be Syble Solomon, creator of the card game, Money Habitudes, and my December Color of Money Book Club pick.

LearnVest
Why We Fight: The Top 8 Reasons Parents Fight Over Money
Amy Hatch, 1/5/12

I turned to experts Syble Solomon, financial expert and creator of the interactive tools “Money Habitudes” and Dr. Taffy Wagner, author of “Bride and Groom Money Talk FAQ.” They shared the top eight situations that couples fight about when it comes to money.

Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning
Book Review – Mind Over Money: Overcoming the Money Disorders That Threaten Our Financial Health by Brad Klontz, Psy.D. and Ted Klontz, Ph.D.
Syble Solomon, December 2011

Even though the book is chock full of references to research in fields such as psychotherapy, the social sciences, neurobiology, finance and economics, their style of sharing information feels more like listening to and learning from an engaging, non-judgmental friend than reading a book about serious financial behavior.

Washington Post
Card Game Draws Out Your Attitudes About Money
Michelle Singletary, December 3, 2011

We don’t talk about money enough … This simple but extraordinarily insightful game is the Color of Money Book Club selection for December.

National Council on Family Relations
Reliability of Money Habitudes
Lucy Delgadillo, Alena Johnson and Samantha Nelson, November 16, 2011

The purpose of the Money Habitudes activity is to get people talking about their habits and attitudes when it comes to money.  This can be especially helpful when working with couples. This study will present evidence for the reliability analysis of the Money Habitudes statements used in the activity.

Proceedings of the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE)
Looking for Change in All the Right Places: Partnerships that really work! 
Syble Solomon, Dena Wise and Ann A. Berry, November 15, 2011

Money is such an emotionally charged topic that people want to avoid it. The challenge is getting people to voluntarily attend programs to discover their own emotional triggers and learn money management and communication skills so they can react differently.

Delaware Moms
Money Talks and So Should You: 5 Common Mistakes Parents Make About Finances
Janel Atlas, 11/1/11

“Too often, people set goals around money that are too vague, such as, ‘This year I want to save more’ or ‘I want to buy a car when I’m 17,’ ” says Syble Solomon, an expert on how people interact with money.

Build a better relationship with money
Home & Family Finance Radio
Paul Berry – July 29, 2011

Syble Solomon, executive coach and founder, LifeWise, explains why we sometimes make poor financial decisions even when we know better.

Between The Sheets Blog
Expert Interviews: Money Habitudes
Jay and Laura Laffoon, 7/7/11

Tri City Tribune
Money: A cause of stress in many relationships
Ron Price, 6/9/2011

Playing Money Habitudes gives a couple a safe environment where each can share freely how and why they view money and finances in a particular way.

Tri City Tribune
Money: Topic can cause turmoil in relationships
Ron Price, 6/17/2011

By playing the Money Habitudes card game each person will discover, or more clearly understand, their own and the other’s typical money behaviors associated with their dominant “Habitudes.”

Knoxville News Sentinel
What is your money ‘habitude’?

Susan Alexander, 5/9/11

The point of the workshop session was that these habitudes are important to understand when one is in a financial crisis or attempting to help someone who is. I’d suggest they’re useful, crisis or not.

News & Observer
Tips for learning about money
Sue Stock, 5/1/11

The funny thing about a recession is that it forces people to get real about their money – something that many avoid at all costs when times are good.

CBS MoneyWatch.com
Best Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Loren Mooney, 4/7/11

When trying to change a habit like this, it’s essential to understand why you do it in the first place, says Syble Solomon, a financial behavior expert and founder of Money Habitudes, a card game designed to help identify money attitudes and habits.

MarketWatch
10 Things Your Spouse Won’t Tell You

Catey Hill, 2/24/11

“When I was growing up, my mom would always tell me after we went shopping: ‘don’t tell your father.’ Without realizing it, I got the message and here I was 40 years later still ‘not telling'”

Hilton Head Magazine
Love & Money

Emily Johnson, CFP, CDFA

Financial planning is certainly about money, but more importantly, it is about people and their relationship with money.

MSN Money
Committing ‘capital’ crimes? CSI ‘em

Donna Freedman 12/21/10

Motive doesn’t always make sense. If you’re barely making bank, adding to the bills is just stupid. But overspending provides “some kind of payoff,” according to financial behaviorist Syble Solomon.

Richmond Bride
In the Cards
December, 2010

When couples get engaged, they often talk about how many children they want, or whether they want to live in the country, the suburbs or the city. But the topic of finances is sometimes not broached, even though money is the source of many marital disputes.

Inside 919 (North Carolina)Top 3 Reasons You Must Understand Your Money Habitudes
Paige Armstrong, MSW, LCSW – October 27, 2010

In all my years as a therapist and Life/Relationship Coach, money is the last thing that my clients will discuss (if they ever talk about it at all). People will reveal their childhood sexual abuse and trauma before they ever share with me about their money. We are usually taught from a young age, that it is taboo to talk about money.

Reston Patch
Giving Kids ‘Pathways 2 Independence’
Robin Lundgren 10/18/10

Breakout sessions offered information about buying a car, budgeting, making the most of credit cards, avoiding identity theft and evaluating personal money habits and attitudes.

Dating and debt: 8 red flags you need to look out for
DailyFinance
Martha C. White – September 17, 2010

No one’s saying you have to whip out a spreadsheet over the tiramisu on your first date, but even early in the relationship, you should pay attention to the language the object of your affection uses when he or she talks about their financial goals or dreams for the future.

Bankrate.com
When is taking on debt wise? Is there a cost of not borrowing?
Nancy Mann Jackson, 9/13/10

“Saving on debt upfront may cost you big later in maintenance bills or missed work because the car breaks down. That’s not to say, though, that you need to go into debt to buy a Rolls,” Solomon says.

How To Support Your Spouse’s Job Search
Glassdoor.com
Nancy Mann Jackson – July 27th, 2010

Along with the financial strain that results from a job loss in the household, many women are finding themselves responsible for sharing the emotional burden of their husbands and partners who are now unemployed.

Reader’s Digest
7 Tips to Raise Financially Savvy Kids

July 2010

Teach your kids how to be money smart with tips from Syble Solomon, creator of Money Habitudes.

The Tool Box
Money Conflict in Marriage / Relationships

Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT  5/24/2010

There are a number of common issues that come up for people in their relationships / marriages – and a big one is money. Attitudes and meanings attached to “money” differ and typically originate from family of origin experiences as it’s likely many of your ideas around spending, saving and other dealings with financial matters are echos from one or both of your parents and conditioning.

Utah State University – Graduate Theses and Dissertations
Financial Management Practices and Conflict Management Styles of Couples in Great Marriages
Amanda Marie Horrocks, May 1, 2010

The verbiage couples in great marriages used to describe how they disagreed over financial issues suggests that educators could teach more about money habitudes, habits and attitudes surrounding money, rather than specific financial practices (see moneyhabitudes.com).

Crosswalk.com
When a Spender Marries a Saver
Syble Solomon 4/15/10

When it comes to couples and money, opposites do attract. In fact, researchers found that while people hope to marry someone with a money style similar to their own, they more often than not marry their financial opposite.

Mainstreet (TheStreet.com)
5 Risky Products Marketed to Kids

Seth Fiegerman 4/15/10

Syble Solomon, an expert on family finances, also recommends that you teach your child the value of making choices, rather than sacrifices.

ConsumerAffairs.com
Boomer Love: How is the ‘Free Love’ Generation Doing Now?
Jan Yager 3/29/10

Syble Solomon, an expert in the psychology of money, has developed a deck of cards called “Money Habitudes”. The cards help individuals or couples to discover their own points of view and behavior patterns regarding money.

Crosswalk.com
The Importance of Being Able to Talk About Money

Syble Solomon 3/12/10

While there are many steps you can take to improve your marriage or keep it strong, one of the best is to figure out how to talk about money with your spouse. Unfortunately, doing so is not easy because discussing money makes people uncomfortable. After all, as we’re growing up, most people learn not to talk about money instead of how to talk about it.

Fidelity.com
6  Wealth-Building Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

Sarah Max 1/29/10

For some people, it’s the little things that eat up their income. Other people live frugally most of the time then go on spending binges. Look for patterns in your spending. Do the floodgates open when you’re with certain friends? Does your mood affect your spending? You may not be able to radically change your behavior, says Solomon, but you can at least plan for it.

Institute of Consumer Financial Education eNEWS
Understanding Why We Spend What We Spend: Habits and Attitudes Behind Spending
Syble Solomon 1/25/10

Once people understand their own money habits and attitudes, they begin to see why they spend the way they do. Perhaps it is to feel secure, to present a positive image, or to feel good by giving to others.

Press Release
Money Habitudes Encourages Constructive Discussions About Money for the New Year
1/2/10

Talking about money–one of the most daunting conversations–helps people get help, support and personal understanding in order to achieve their financial goals for New Year’s.

Washington Times
Marriage, Money Go Hand in Hand

Cheryl Wetzstein 12/27/09

There are literally thousands of ways to assist couples in getting their finances in order – the winner of Smart Marriages’ Impact Award this year is Syble Solomon’s “Money Habitudes” program.

MommyBlogExpert
2009 Best of Gift Showcase

Janis Brett Elspas 12/12/09

The game can be used in a family setting, in the classroom, or in discussion groups as a stand-alone activity or in conjunction with high school courses such as financial literacy and life skills.

NAPFA Advisor magazine
Helping Clients Talk About Money

Syble Solomon 12/1/09

Just sharing basic financial information with a planner can feel like giving up control and power. It requires really trusting someone whom you (typically) know only through a referral.

Press Release
Money Habitudes Encourages Constructive Discussions About Money for the Holiday Season
11/27/09

On the eve of the winter holidays, LifeWise releases its latest list of conversation starters to think about money in a constructive way.

Erickson Tribune
Financial resolutions for the New Year

Meghan Streit  11/24/09

As you consider your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about your finances. … Financial educator and executive coach Syble Solomon says deeply-rooted emotions about money can derail the best laid financial plans.

Bargain Babe
Holiday Gift Guide
Julia Scott 11/24/09

The Habitudes card game is great for anyone interested in money. Use the cards to spark discussions about your attutides and beliefs about money.

thinkmarriage.org
Could a Game Help With Your Money Attitudes?

Michele Olsen 11/9/09

As money gets tighter for just about everyone, money attitudes are really coming to the surface for many couples. Here’s a great “game” and program that can get you talking about your money “habitudes” … Rather than just thinking the other person is wrong or crazy, money habitudes points you towards goals and commonalities.

The Windsor Star (Ontario, canada.com)
Changing Money ‘Habitudes’
Ellen van Wageningen 10/26/09

I went to my first financial boot camp session armed with a notebook and a calculator. What I needed was a psychologist’s couch. Step one wasn’t about my bank account balance. It was all about my relationship with money.

My Healthy Beginning (Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN)
The Money Fight
Maureen Campion 09/09

People believe that money is the #1 cause of divorce, but people divorce when they run out of solutions.  The inability to resolve money problems contributes to many problems, including the high divorce rate in our country.

 

Press Release
Money Habitudes Encourages Constructive Discussions About Money for Back-to-School

8/22/09

As opposed to other high-intensity spending periods, during back-to-school, children are very involved and exposed to their parents’ money decisions. As a result, these few weeks offer a great opportunity to model good money behavior.

Sturgis Journal (Michigan)
Marriage Matters: Copping a ‘Habitude’
James and Audora Burg, 8/15/09

We discovered a cool tool at the Smart Marriages conference for helping couples uncover what really drives money issues in a marriage: Money Habitudes cards … The conversation that started was, well, priceless.

Kansas City Star (kansascity.com)
Kids & Money: Get a Grip on Your Child’s Sports Costs
Steve Rosen, 8/15/09

I love that all three of my children have been into sports. But when it comes to getting a grip on the costs, it can be a slippery slope even if you’ve planned for the expenses as I’ve tried to do.

Press Release
Producer of Leading Conversation-Starter Card Game Promotes Regular, Proactive Money Discussions: Summer Vacation

8/9/09

Because money plays such a central role in our lives, people benefit by talking proactively about potential money issues instead of waiting until there is a critical need to discuss finances.

CreditCards.com
8 Credit Talks Couples Must Have

Erica Sandberg, 7/14/2009

Disclosing personal charging habits to a loved one can be tough, but it’s pivotal to a healthy relationship. Attitudes about using credit cards vary dramatically, and learning a partner’s outlook can avert all-too-common money disputes.

A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources for Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting, and Financial Education
U.S.Department of Health and Human Services; Administration for Children and Families; Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives
July 2009


Press Release
Money Habitudes Wins Smart Marriages Impact Award
6/16/09

Money Habitudes, the popular deck of conversation-starter cards to help couples talk about money are recognized as an important and unique tool in combating divorce and fostering healthy marriages.

Stronger Families
Is Money the Root of All Upheaval?

Syble Solomon – 6/09

Money is identified as the number one cause of conflict in marriages whether it’s a good, solid relationship or a troubled one.  What’s your style of dealing with  money issues with your spouse?

The LAMFT Monitor – Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Recommended Resources for Marriage and Family Therapists

Kathy Steele, Ph.D. – Spring 2009

Although every LMFT has received excellent foundational training, there are always new developments and information coming out in the field of MFT … Money Habitudes. A deck of cards that help couples to talk about money, and discover their differing beliefs and attitudes in the area of money.

Catholic Star Herald
How the financial downturn affects marriage
Mary Jo Pedersen – February 13, 2009

We took a serious look at our individual approaches to money because we couldn’t agree on anything. He’s a saver, I’m a spender. We found an easy-to-use tool, called MONEY HABITUDES, that helped us explore the strengths and weaknesses of our own attitudes and habits about money. HABITUDES helped us understand and respect each other more and it has spilled over into other aspects of our relationship

Fulfilling Relationships Newsletter
Discover Your Money Habitudes
Shirley Vollett, 12/08

No two couples deal with finances in exactly the same manner. But no matter HOW a couple chooses to share or separate their finances, there is no avoiding this potentially hot-button area.

NFL Players Association Newsletter
How Habitudes Affect Financial Decisions
NFLPA Financial Programs Department, 11/18/08

“If you’ve ever questioned why you feel conflicted, confused or overwhelmed about money, you aren’t alone. In fact, many people struggle with financial decisions daily.

Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education Conference Proceedings, John Grable, Editor
Finding Teens’ ‘Tudes
Nancy Reigelsperger and Syble Solomon, 11/08

CBS News reported (5/17/07) that U.S. companies are spending nearly eighteen billion advertising dollars annually to target teens and credit card companies are sending college students an average of 25-50 solicitations each semester. Those efforts are working.

University of Wisconsin-Extension – Department of Family Development
A Marriage Made to Last: Integrating Financial Education with Couples and Relationship Education
Nancy Brooks, November 2008

This resource provides a deck of cards for an easy, non-judgmental and non-threatening way to address financial issues and initiate conversations.

University of Utah
Evaluation of the General Financial Literacy Program in Utah High Schools: 2008
Tyrone Benjamin Frazier, October 2008

Beginning with the graduating class of 2008, Utah high school students are required to take 0.5 credits of General Financial Literacy (GFL). The purpose of this study is to evaluate how well the goals of this new core requirement are being met, and to evaluate the best options for advancing the burgeoning program. Three questions about the GFL program have directed this evaluation: What is being taught? How is it being taught? And how is it impacting students?

Chicago Tribune
Have a nice wedding and buy your first home, too
Ellen James Martin, 8/15/08

“They’re sweethearts in their late 20s. He works in a mid-level job for the Homeland Security Department; she’s a paralegal. Recently he surprised and delighted her by popping the question.

Smart Marriages Conference / iplayback CD/DVD
Tools of the Trade
Julie Baumgartner, 7/5/08

Julie Baumgartner’s keynote featured Money Habitudes as one of the recommended tools available for working with couples or for couples to use independently.  This excellent presentation is loaded with great suggestions and is available as a DVD or CD. #006

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education Proceedings – 2007
November, 2007 

Money Habitudes cards can give couples a non-confrontational, common vocabulary to have productive, non-judgmental conversations and help them understand the hidden emotional needs influencing their financial behaviors.

 

Washington Woman
Today’s Actions Determine Tomorrow’s Options
Syble Solomon, 4/07

The way you manage money can tell a lot about who you are and how you achieve or sabotage your financial and life goals. If you can enjoy your money, are well-informed about it and manage it well to meet your short- and long-term needs, chances are you will feel secure, have balance in your life and achieve your goals.

Military.com
Let’s Talk About Different Perspectives
Syble Solomon, April 17, 2007

Let’s talk about getting what you want by looking at a situation through the eyes of the other person.

Military.com
Increase Your Earning Power
Syble Solomon, March 22, 2007

Let’s talk about increasing your earning power by making a strong, positive impression on others.

Military.com
Let’s Talk About Getting the Best Deal
Syble Solomon, February 16, 2007

Let’s talk about how you can take charge to get the best deal when you want a loan. You may assume that a Realtor™ has the connections and expertise to get you the best deal and that may be true, but not necessarily.

Military.com
Let’s Talk About Being Successful
Syble Solomon, January 17, 2007

Let’s talk about being successful. Now that most New Year’s resolutions have faded into a distant memory, choose one little thing that you know you can accomplish and do it. Small successes feel much better than frustration or guilt for not accomplishing an unattainable goal. Plus, small successes lead to big successes.

Military.com
Reviewing Your Holiday Shopping Skills
Syble Solomon, December 21, 2006

Let’s talk about how to look at holiday shopping as a learning experience so next year your holidays will be less stressful and less costly.

Military.com
Let’s Not Talk About Money
Syble Solomon, November 27, 2006

Let’s talk about messages from home. One day when I was eight years old, my mom sent me to the corner grocery store to buy a few things. On the way home I managed to lose $10. We retraced my steps but the money was nowhere to be found. My mother just sat down and wept.

Military.com
Let’s Talk About Money, Honey
Syble Solomon, October 30, 2006

What would it take for you to feel financially secure? And, have you shared your thoughts with your spouse? This simple conversation could be the first step to finding a workable solution to disagreements about money. It’s common for husbands and wives to define security quite differently and if their definitions are miles apart, it can mean a bumpy road ahead.

Connections: Ontario Association of Credit Counseling Services
Playing Cards:  A New Tool
Fall, 2006

“There are times when a speaker comes along and you say to yourself, ‘She’s been there-done that.’ Syble Solomon is one of those speakers…”

USA Today
“Many marriages today are ’til debt do us part”
April 28, 2006

“It’s the No. 1 taboo topic,” says Syble Solomon, a motivational speaker who created Money Habitudes, playing cards for planners and counselors to use in getting couples talking about money. “People will tell you about their intimate sexual lives before they’ll tell you about their money…”

How to Attract and Retain Women Clients
AdvisorOne Research
Syble Solomon, Feb. 2006

The first time I sat down with a financial advisor I was 41 — and it was a big step for me. Although my husband and I discussed our investments, I felt incompetent and took no responsibility for decision-making. I was caught in Neverland — sounding assertive like modern woman, while acting out my role as Cinderella, letting Prince Charming rescue me and take care of our finances. Old messages are hard to shake!

Smart Marriages Conference
How to Use the Money Habitudes Cards in Marriage Education Programs
William Bailey, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, June, 2005

“…The Money Habitudes cards can be used in a variety of marriage education programs to assist couples and families in evaluating their habits and attitudes toward money. ..”

Marshfield News-Herald
Sessions focus on good money habits
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Nov. 26, 2005

“…We talk about goal setting…How you establish financial goals helps put you in the drivers’ seat for your financial future.” This is the message Georgette Frazer will bring to the Roaract…program at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County. (Rotaract, sponsored by Rotary International, is a service club for people ages 18-30. The clubs are designed for young adults to develop professional skills and address the needs of their communities through service projects.) She will demonstrate with Money Habitudes cards, developed for providing a balanced perspective of financial satisfaction… Frazer said the “habitude” approach is respectful.”…  “There are no right or wrong ways to handle money,” she said describing the idea. “There are just different ways to handle money. It’s all about understanding what your way is…”

Horsesmouth: The Performance Improvement Network for Financial Advisors.
“Holiday Gifts for Clients: Where to Buy the Best”
Edward E. Klink, November 9, 2005

Money Habitudes was listed as one of the recommended gifts for clients.

Horsesmouth: The Performance Improvement Network for Financial Advisors.
“How a Life Planner Approaches a Client’s Case”
Nicole O. Coulter, October 7, 2005

“Armed with factual information about his prospects’ assets and risk tolerance, Shagrin’s first order of business was not launching into an asset allocation discussion or explaining his conservative approach to risk. Instead he pulled out his Money Habitudes deck of cards-an entertaining yet informative financial planning tool he’d been using faithfully for the last two years…

International Journal of Consumer Studies
“Book Review: Money Habitudes™:  A Guide for Professionals working With Money Related Issues”
Volume 29 Issue 4 Page 386 – July 2005
Sue McGregor, Faculty of Education, Mount Saint Vincent University

Solomon has succeeded in creating a unique way to help people who are struggling with debt to overcome their inhibitions so they can open up and gain insights that will help them take control of their money…I feel confident recommending this tool…It looks like an exciting new way to help people discover their hidden habits and attitudes about money, freeing them to embark on a more empowering future financial life…

Journal of Personal Finance: Tools, Techniques, Strategies, and Research to Aid Consumers and Professional Financial Advisors
Get a Handle on Your Clients’ Money Habitudes
Syble Solomon, Volume 3 Issue 4, 2004

Money Habitudes cards were developed for practitioners to use as a quick, non-threatening activity to reveal a client’s habitudes (habits and attitudes) regarding money without getting into heavy, psychologically intrusive conversations.

Horsesmouth: The Performance Improvement Network for Financial Advisors
“Uncovering Your Client’s Hidden Money Attitudes”
Elizabeth Marcovitz, September 15, 2004

Since advisors deal with money every day, we may forget the discomfort that others experience around the topic…Providing clients with a way to feel comfortable talking about money will not only enhance their investment decisions but also go a long way in building their loyalty… Liz Donaghey, a third-party investment manager at Clark Capital … “The [Money Habitudes] cards change the tone of a meeting-from a serious discussion to a more interactive learning experience. It opens the door to a back-and-forth conversation that much more fully involves the client. This not only brings the client fully in to the experience, it also deepens the relationship and bolsters trust…”

BizLife
Money Habitudes Can Make or Break a Business
Syble Solomon, May 2004

Money issues are inevitable. As in a marriage, by the time you start arguing it may be too late! Be proactive and have that talk before money issues ruin both your business and your relationship.

AFCPE Forum
Money Habitudes: A Tool for Dealing With Debt
Syble Solomon, April 2004

Money Habitudes cards can help practitioners and clients quickly discover the emotional aspects underlying out-of-control debt. Using the cards allows practitioners to identify their client’s financial habitudes—or pattern of habits and attitudes.

Partners in Paradise Radio Talk Show
Interviewed by Kat and Curtis Knecht
January 12, 2008

WRC TV NBC, News 4 — Women and Money
Interviewed by Pat Lawson Muse
April 11, 2007

AM 860 WUDB
Delaware Valley’s Only Money Talk Radio interviewed by Olivia Mellan
March 15, 2007

WRC TV NBC, News 4
Interviewed by Susan Kidd on teaching kids about money
May 30, 2006

Real Money Radio Talk Show
Interviewed by Deborah Owens on WEAA 88.9 FM, the top-ranking public radio station in the Baltimore area
October 11, 2005

Great Relationships Radio Talk Show, WEBR Fairfax, VA
Interviewed by Kevin Decker
May 23, 2005

InCharge Radio
Interviewed by Mike Schiano

February 2, 2005

InCharge Radio is an Outreach presentation of InCharge® Education Foundation, a premier provider of educational products and services supporting the personal financial literacy needs of the people of the United States with a focus on the military.

VoiceAmerica, the industry leader in internet talk radio.
Interviewed by Steven Shagrin, JD, CFP®, CRPC®, CRC®, CELP
July 21, 2004