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Jean Chatzky Biography:

Jean Chatzky is an American award winning financial journalist, author of many bestselling books and motivational speaker. Presently, she is working as the financial editor for NBC’s Today.  Jean Chatzky was born on November 7, 1964, in Michigan and raised in Wisconsin, Indiana and West Virginia. Jean Chatzky got BA in English in from the University of Pennsylvania. Chatzky has given personal financial advice on various TV shows as a guest such as The View, The Talk, and Morning Joe and she also hosts daily show, The Oprah Winfrey Show on the Oprah & Friends channel.

She is the author of seven books such as:

  • The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even The Toughest Times
  • Make Money, Not Excuses
  • The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness
  • Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day
  • Talking Money
  • Not Your Parents' Money Book: Making, Saving and Spending Your Own Money
  • Money rules: the simple path to lifelong security

She has written her articles for various magazines Parents, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan. She also worked as a writer for SmartMoney and a fact checker for Forbes. Jean also supports the various service groups and is on the board of the Nora Magid Mentorship prize at the University of Pennsylvania, which helps journalism students get a head-start in the field, which is co-founded by her husband Eliot Kaplan. She is also on the Communications Committee for the University of Pennsylvania.

Awards and recognition:

In 2002, she received the “Clarion Award” for magazine columns from the Association of Woman in Communications. The American Women in Radio and Television gave a ‘‘Gracie Award” for her radio show. She has been nominated twice for “National Magazine Awards and Chicago Tribune” named her as one of the country’s 30 best magazine columnists in 2003. Chatzky received the “Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award” by the Consumer Federation of America in 2009.

Motivation Quotes On Jean Chatzky:

  • “Find the autonomy in your work. Autonomy is key to feeling good about the work you do, no matter what kind of work it is.”

  • “Resilience isn't a single skill. It's a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.”

  • “While you're going through this process of trying to find the satisfaction in your work, pretend you feel satisfied. Tell yourself you had a good day. Walk through the corridors with a smile rather than a scowl. Your positive energy will radiate. If you act like you're having fun, you'll find you are having fun.”

  • “After two decades of personal finance reporting, I've heard every excuse in the book for not saving money. That said, none of them really hold up - at least over the long term.”

  • “Put all of your savings on autopilot, and you won't likely notice the missing cash.”

  • “Debt certainly isn't always a bad thing. A mortgage can help you afford a home. Student loans can be a necessity in getting a good job. Both are investments worth making, and both come with fairly low interest rates.”

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  • “Being charitable provides a boost to your psyche that is tough to replicate in any other way. But note that although any charity will happily take your money, you can give in other ways and still reap the same happiness reward. Volunteering and donating your old or unused belongings have the same result.”

  • “Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this or that, being unable to focus because you're not organized costs you: time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been productive around the house, time you could have been making money.”

  • “By the time most people file for bankruptcy, their credit is already trashed, they have a high debt-to-income ratio - a key indicator lenders look at - and they've likely defaulted on more than a few accounts.”

  • “To bring down your credit card balances, write down the benefits of reducing your debt. No more gnawing feeling that you're throwing money away, perhaps. More money flowing to other financial objectives. Then consult the list when you have doubts.”

  • “Face your financial issues head on. Open your bills, pick up the phone, call your lender. If applicable, tell them you're struggling and explain why. If you lost your job or took a pay cut, be ready to prove it.”

  • “Anticipating a boomerang child seems the odds-on thing to do. Think about furnishing - hello, sleeper sofa - with this in mind.”

Jean Chatzky

  • “Show your kids that needs and wants are two different things. The best way to teach our kids to be smart consumers - and savvy savers - is to model good behavior for them.”

  • “Our culture highlights the desire to always have more, even when we should be grateful for what we have.”

  • “In money, and in life, you are very often your own worst enemy. You promise yourself you're going to diet, then eat not one or two French fries but a whole plate. You decide to really commit to saving for retirement, only to wind up with a new pair of shoes in your closet.”

  • “Use visual cues to prompt yourself to put away more. A photograph of the beach house where you and your husband can envision spending your retirement will remind you to bump up the contribution to your 401(k); a snapshot of your child in a college sweatshirt can encourage you to put more into a 529 college savings plan.”

  • “If you're just starting out in the workforce, the very best thing you can do for yourself is to get started in your workplace retirement plan. Contribute enough to grab any matching dollars your employer is offering (a.k.a. the last free money on earth).”

  • “Many of us, if pressed, would admit that we'd prefer a cash gift to another pair of pajamas or bestselling novel. But giving the green can make even the best of us uncomfortable - the etiquette is confusing, and those who relish picking out the perfect something can miss some of the fun.”

  • “Optimism is an expectation that good things are going to be plentiful. The wealthy generally have the sense that life will bring good rather than bad outcomes. That doesn't mean they believe that good things will be omnipresent, but that they will outnumber the not-so-good.”

  • “Eliminating or substantially lowering just one major monthly expense can give you enough cushion to move into a more comfortable place financially.”

  • “Simply calling your credit card issuer and asking them to lower your interest rate may yield immediate savings.”

  • “People who are passionate about what they do reach financial comfort and wealth more often than those who are not. That argues for doing one of two things. Finding your passion and pursuing it. Or becoming passionate about what you're already pursuing.”

  • “Turning a blind eye to your finances always brings trouble. When you let the bills or late notices stay in their envelopes, you're making matters worse. When you finally have to deal with the problem - believe me, you will eventually - it will be exaggerated because you didn't take action.”

  • “One of my rules is: If it's good for the planet, it's usually good for your wallet.”

  • “You may be basing a portion of your self-worth on your bank account without even realizing it. Try to pinpoint the activities and qualities that, free of charge, fulfill you.”

  • “By definition, saving - for anything - requires us to not get things now so that we can get bigger ones later. That's hard. Our brains are hard wired to prefer the here and now.”

  • “Where wealth is concerned, individuals aren't stuck in little boxes. You don't start out wealthy, stay wealthy, and end wealthy.”

Jean Chatzky

  • “Use an accountant the first time you file your taxes after becoming a freelancer. It will be worth it.”

  • “I'm big on setting goals, but I also think that if you have too many lofty ambitions and set goals for everything, you can sabotage your efforts by overextending your brain.”

  • “Many people focus on the 4 percent rule, which essentially says that as long as you withdraw no more than 4 percent from your retirement accounts each year, the money should last you 30 years.”

  • “If you work in a home office, you can likely write off that space, as long as you use it only for work.”

  • “One way to make sure you don't lose assets in the future is to streamline your accounts. Consider using one bank for all your banking needs and one brokerage firm for all your investments.”

  • “Weak passwords are a crook's best friend. Make yours long and complex, and change them often - not just on your bank account but on your email and social media, too.”

  • “People with financial plans are much more likely to feel prepared, even in tumultuous times. They're more likely to feel that their dreams and goals are secure. And, oh yes, they do actually save significantly more.”

  • “If you have had the same dishwasher for 10 years or more, don't bother repairing it. The average dishwasher is expected to last nine years, and you've most likely squeezed as much life out of it as you can.”

  • “It's not exactly a big surprise that women mature earlier than men do. As a result, they tend to display better judgment, particularly when it comes to money.”

  • “Your retirement comes before your children's tuition. That's because there's no financial aid for retirement, and there's still a good deal available for college.”

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