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If you want to manage your money more effectively, you’re in the right place. In January we’ve kickstarted some new thinking and exercises on the topic. Come by each Wednesday and weekend for posts.

Last weekend was all about identifying your unique strengths.
You now have a composite that should inspire and encourage you.


Now it’s time to apply those strengths to managing your money effectively. So grab a pen and paper (or open your macbook, or whatever) and have at ‘er. Think of at least three strengths and brainstorm new ways you can bring them to bear on your money.

To get your thoughts going:

  • Are you a good team player?  Why not consider buddying up with others who also want to become expert money managers and pull together as a team? Smart Cookies did it!  So could you!
  • Are you good at engineering or systems?  What would happen if you spent some time developing an elegant, systematic approach to your money?
  • Are you a big thinker?  Give yourself permission to think big about your money.   What do you want it to do for you?  For the world?  Then start taking steps (more later on that topic) to realize it?
  • Are you good at conversation?  Do people feel at ease with you?  Try talking to people about their best strategies for handling money, and let it inspire you and give you ideas.
  • Are you good at Excel?  Create a whiz-bang spreadsheet for yourself
  • Are you skilled creating graphics?  Make yourself some charts about your debt, your savings, your net worth and update them regularly.

The list is endless.  The point is, capitalize on your strengths.  Be creative.  Let yourself grow and develop further muscle as you apply your strengths in new ways.

Readers – I’m super-interested if you care to share:  what is one of your strengths that you already use effectively in managing your money?

About the Author

Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. brad

    I’m an inherently disorganized person but I’ve always had jobs that require me to be super-organized, so I overcompensate. Ergo, my strength is that I am extremely disciplined when it comes to tracking my income and expenses. I’ve been tracking everything in Quicken since about 1994. That discipline helped me get rid of all consumer debt and get a handle on my finances, although sometimes I feel like I spend too much time looking at the trees and not paying enough attention to the forest. I run quarterly and year-end reports from Quicken but I need to spend more time poring over them to learn what they have to tell me about my spending and saving habits, and to identify opportunities for improvement.


    nancyzimmerman Reply:

    @Brad WOW —> since 1994? That’s some really great data to mine! And using Quicken is absolutely the #1 thing that helped me get a handle on my finances too.


    Jan 19, 2011

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