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73 readers’ top financial problems and how to solve them

Money stress. Financial problems. I have em. The readers of this blog certainly have em.

“Socrates said ‘know thyself.’ I say, ‘know thy users.’” – Joshua Brewer, Twitter


First, your financial situation in life is like a money tree:

financial problems money tree

Sometimes your money tree is blooming, sometimes withering. Maybe your neighbor’s money tree is larger than yours. Maybe your money tree is still a seed.

The purpose of The Smarter Dollar has always been to help you grow your money tree. And in order to help your money tree thrive, we have to examine the roots and look at the causes of success and failure.

So, a few weeks back I emailed 236 of you and asked this question:

“What’s your biggest frustration about money?”

I received 73 responses, and I was expecting a bunch of different answers, such as:

  • “putting my kid through college.”
  • “I can’t quite figure out how to start a business.”
  • “I stress over paying bills every month.”
  • “I can’t figure out how to _______.”
  • “debt is eating my money tree.”

Sounds logical right? Apparently not. Read More